I’m not sure where you are located, but here in NY – the weather has been teasing us! Yesterday was almost 90 degrees and today is rainy and gross. On days like today, I try to use the girls’ nap time to craft and get some things off the to-do list. We might not be able to get outside, but at least I can say things got done!
This week I moved away from birthday party crafting and worked on my deck! The whole fall/winter season we were out there with no railings. With Nola’s party less than a month away, it was time to get those bad boys back up! After months of research, I found a pretty thorough video that showed me exactly how to get it done. I know the typical or “correct” way is to sink posts, but I really didn’t want to go through all that. I called over my mom fora helping hand and with a quick trip to Lowes the wood and screws were in my possession! I’ve worked on it for the past few days, and remarkably – it’s looking pretty awesome.
This project has brought up one of my ultimate pet peeves. I hate it when people feel the need to butt in on situations they are not a part of. Perfect example was yesterday. I’m outside drilling pilot holes, screwing these spindles into a perfectly framed deck (some epic work by the one and only Mama Dotts!); and my neighbor decided to pop over and tell me “you know, you’re going to have to sink corner posts.” Now, this guy is super nice and I don’t have a problem with him. However, he always feels the need to tell us “how it’s done”. How to clean our siding, why pay for professionals to paint the house – just do it this way, etc.. I proceeded to tell him that I know that’s the typical way, but I did some research and I don’t need posts and I’ve had a carpenter look over the plans, blah, blah, blah. He just gave me that *I think you’re wrong* look and said “good luck with that”. I smiled and said thanks and that it couldn’t be worse than what it was. What I wanted to say was “sir – if my husband was out here and told you the same thing…would you have doubted him as much as you did me?? My gut says – NO! If I mess this up, that’s on me! That’s my time and money. I don’t need you to tell me how I have to do it.” Gah!!! It’s so infuriating! Ok – end of rant…
We all have things that can make us go crazy – what are some of your pet peeves? In the meantime, here are some deck in progress pics!