September 6, 2014 – Dear Diary, I’ve decided to finally do something about our deck and pergola. I did some research and got some ideas. All I need to do is pressure wash it and then slap some stain on it. Sounds like a weekend project for October when it turns a bit cooler. I’ll order the stain today. It’s gonna look great!
September 23, 2014 – Dear Diary, the stain arrived today. 10 gallons. That’s a lot of stain, but I figured better too much than not enough, right? Off to Lowe’s to pick up some brushes and plastic drop cloths. Wish the weather would cool off so I could get it done.
October 19, 2014 – Dear Diary, a perfect forecast! 7 straight days of sun and cooler weather. I’ll start tomorrow. Pressure wash in the morning, start the staining in the afternoon. In two or three days, it’ll be done!
October 20, 2014 – Dear Diary, the pressure washer won’t start. I learned more about small engine repair than I thought possible. Replaced the spark plug, drained the gas, cleaned the carburetor. A little soreness in my right arm and shoulder from pulling the starter cord so much. I’m confident I’ll get it going tomorrow though.
October 21, 2014 – Dear Diary, never realized how heavy a pressure washer was until I tried to throw it across the yard. Slight twinge in my back now. Turned on the truck’s heated seats when I drove to Lowe’s to get a new pressure washer. That helped.
October 22, 2014 – Dear Diary, new pressure washer works like a champ. Went to work on the deck and blasted off most of the grayness. Lost most feeling in my right arm and shoulder though and sometimes my fingers cramp in weird positions. No worries. Got to let the deck dry for two days before staining anyway.
October 24, 2014 – Dear Diary, started putting on the stain today. Used the big ladder to get some of the high places. Also did one corner down low since that’s where the bucket of stain landed when I almost fell off the ladder. My fear of heights has not lessened with age.
October 25, 2014 – Dear Diary, didn’t have much time to work on the deck today. Good thing. I can barely walk. Feet and legs hurt too bad. Thinking about borrowing father-in-law’s walker.
October 26, 2014 – Dear Diary, rain is in the forecast in a couple of days, so today will be the last chance I get to work on the deck for a while. Darn. Wife has helped for the last couple of days so my language was better. Thinking a two-tone deck isn’t so bad.
Have you ever had a weekend project stretch into a month (or more)?