The Great Outdoors

It has been a quite a while since my last post. It’s been a busy few weeks at work and I was out of town for one week on a course. I am hoping to get back on schedule with my weekly posts (I give you permission to harass me if I don’t!).

With the arrival of summer, I spent a little bit of time this weekend sprucing up my deck. Here’s a few shots of the deck before:

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Pretty boring, and blah, right? This patio set is ten years old.  It was a gift from my mom in my first year of university and the matching umbrella was left behind in Edmonton three years ago when we couldn’t squeeze it into the U-haul! This year, I finally decided it was time for a furniture update.

I first removed the old patio furniture and gave the deck a thorough sweeping and washing (I was wishing I had a pressure washer as I had to put a lot of elbow grease into that baby and it still looks grubby!). I washed the railings and windexed the glass inserts. I then gave the BBQ a good scrubbing  Speaking of which, is that weird? Am I the only one that cleans my BBQ? In my defense, look at the unfortunate state that it was in:

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What if the Queen of England unexpectedly stopped in for a tenderloin?  How would I ever live that down?

Thanks to more elbow grease (good thing I had lots of that on hand), I can now see my reflection in the BBQ:

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The new patio furniture was set up and I added a few decorative accessories (I will introduce you to Oscar the orange bird in a moment). Finally, I hung a string of miniature patio lanterns for evening ambiance.

Here’s what the deck looks like now:



There’s Oscar!



And here it is at night:

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Finally, here’s what my pots on the deck look like now (they have really taken off):


One final note…

As I write this post, my province and little city are in the midst of a record-breaking flood. Alberta has already experienced significant property damage and displacement of many people from their homes as well as at least three deaths. My heart goes out to those who had to leave the comfort and security of their homes behind and those who have returned home to the wreckage. We are so blessed to live in a province of resilient, hard working, and generous people!

Thanks for reading!

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