Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Motley Assortment Of Decks, Squirrels, and Hair

The new cedar deck is done. And stained (sealed). Once John finished the construction we thought it would be an easy thing to select deck stain. But after several hours of googling, I recognized that there is not a consensus of opinion by AnyOne. All sealers have one disadvantage or another. We ended up using Cabot Semi-Solid Deck and Siding Stain in the color "New Cedar" This is an oil based sealer and we believe it will perform better than the "wash brushes in water" products. All is done except for the lattice. (Disclaimer: we do not sell and are not related to businesses that do sell this product...ours is observation only...and we hope to observe this sealer doing its job well over time.)

Hubby and I sat out on the deck this afternoon. The autumn sun was bright and warm. While sitting there I played with my camera.

We spotted a squirrel hovering near. Last winter Hubby fed the birds AND the squirrels from across the street. And guess what! We now have SIX squirrel nests in the two ash trees on OUR side of the street. The tree rodents abound. (But how in the world do they call that pile of leaves a home? Do they actually live amongst those leaves in the midst of winter storms?)

Today was a visit to my Oncologist. The usual twenty questions...any rashes? nausea? dizziness? pain? neuropathy in hands or feet? energy level? I scored well on all of those tests in terms of well-being. And appetite! Oh, Yah, I have a great appetite! Can't he tell from my weight chart???

However, there is one area that I am not pleased. My new "do" is slow-growing. And its a bit thin. And there is no curl. Yet. I am not pleased with my "Anderson Cooper" hair. Actually, Cooper's hair is a LOT thicker than mine. Plus he gets to travel to a lot of exotic places in search of news. My 'do travels about as far as the grocery store and now and then to the City.

(Please remember that Cooper's photo has been photo-shopped...I assure you that's the only reason he looks much younger than I.

At least I no longer look like Henry. (You can read about that here!)

But, hey! I feel good. Autumn has been lovely. And we are enjoying every day.

Today's Verse reminds us to not get too far ahead of ourselves in terms of worrying about tomorrow. It is sufficient to take care of what needs to be taken care of. Then we rest in God's good will and recognize that He will watch over us tomorrow just as He does today.

Matt. 6:34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Glenda said...

Love the deck and would enjoy sitting there watching fall happen! We have lots of squirrels, too, and they devour all my bird feed!

You - with or without your Anderson Cooper hairstyle - are truly inspiring!

Laurie M. said...

I'm glad you got your "porch". I really think every home should have one.

And I feel that way about your hair. Every woman should have some. I think yours is pretty. I wonder what happened to the curls.

Caroline said...

Love the deck. I wish we had rebuilt our deck...

Patience is required to grow out your Anderson Cooper 'do. When mine was a little longer than where you are at now, I started getting regular cuts to keep it shaped and very quickly I looked like someone who had a very short hair cut instead of a cancer patient.

Nancy said...

Your new deck looks great! I hope you get lots more days of nice weather to enjoy it. I had an oncologist appt yesterday as well. Your hair may be growing slowly, but at least it's growing. Mine is still coming out! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I appreciate all visits and comments. Glad I found your blog, it's very well done.

Kelly said...

The deck looks great!! I know you're going to really enjoy it.

Hmmm...I do see quite a resemblance to Anderson. Just give it time and yours will be thicker. It's a start!

Debbie said...

Love the deck. Hate the squirrels. And your hair looks much better than Anderson Coopers.

Persis said...

Nice deck. I hope you'll get to enjoy it before the weather turns too cold.

We have lots of squirrels (my daughter's favorite animal). Every morning I hear them jump from the tree onto the roof above my bedroom and then scamper across the roof. Some of them are quite heavy-footed.