Ten Things of Thankful – July 3rd!

Happy #1)

Man I do love my three-day weekends! This one went a little different from how they usually go. Often with three days, I fritter my time away and the next thing you know the weekend is over and I’ve accomplished less than I would on a regular weekend.

Happy #2)

My power-washer is acting up a bit, but I did get two sides of the house clean and sprayed for spiders. I am a bit sadistic when it comes to spiders, because there is nothing I love more than watching them fall from their hiding places and die. It has something to do with my endless battle to clean spider shit from everything that is outside.

Happy #3)

My youngest finally has a job! Not a great job, but it’s a job. Hopefully after the long period of unreliable income, he will be better about saving and get himself some wheels.

Happy #4)

I spent a ton of time on my hands and knees this weekend working on my deck. I scrubbed it, sanded it and stained it.

Deck Stained Black

Happy #5)

The stain came at significant savings. I was going to have it mixed to that color, but on a whim I checked the mis-tint shelf first. Lo and behold, someone else had second thoughts about the color and I was able to pick up 2 liters (almost gallons? – the big cans) for just $20 each.

Happy #6)

I have thought about staining my deck for at least a year, maybe two. This spring I was thinking about it even harder. I’m so happy I finally pulled the trigger on this project.

Happy #7)

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening debating whether to sand or not sand. This morning while I was sitting outside in my pajamas (I lie, I sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt) drinking my coffee, I picked up the palm sander and started to sand. Like most jobs, the anticipation was far worse than actually doing the job.

Happy #8)

Showering and dressing after it was all done. In all honesty and a bit of eeuw, spending an entire day outside and active with my un-showered self was a bit much.

Happy #9)

Looking forward to finishing that last bit that’s in front of the other door. I felt it was wise to not restrict the use of both doors at the same time, so that’s why that one last bit isn’t done yet.

Happy #10)

I doubt my usual Sunday night insomnia will be a problem tonight. I expect I’ll be sound asleep in no time.

Linking up to Ten Things of Thankful later than usual this week, so it might take a couple of days to get around to read everyone’s posts!




Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

14 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – July 3rd!”

    1. Carina, my power-washer is something I treasure so deeply true friends don’t even ask to borrow it. It means THAT much to me. Before buying it, I used to spend two days every year with a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush on an extension pole scrubbing my siding by hand. I love my power washer so much, I cringe every time my oldest boy uses it to wash his duck dynasty wannabe truck. Literally cringe.

    1. Thanks Kristi! I know for a fact I spent way more time thinking about staining the deck than it took to stain it! Other than waiting for it to dry from cleaning it, it took no time. I started in the morning around 10 and was finished sanding and staining in time to get groceries before dinner.

  1. Wow, deck looks AWESOME! And what a deal! I basically frittered and am kicking myself as we speak.

    1. Usually all I do on a long weekend is fritter. It’s really not the worst thing to take a mini-vacation for yourself! A lot of times the only thing I accomplish is to read an extra book or two and I end up starting the week with the laundry still not done.

    1. Thanks Clark! I’ve been admiring it off and on all day.

    1. That shower was fabulous! I was covered in sawdust and more than ready for it!

      I agree that sometimes life calls for ‘frittering’ our time. As long as there’s clean underwear for the next day, why not?

    1. I love my power washer, love it. Even if I only use it once or twice a year, it’s a fabulous machine that as one of our group said a week or two ago – makes me feel so bad ass when I’m playing with it.

  2. See now I really think we should get a power washer. The outside of our house is…not terribly clean. And if it gets rid of spiders, more the better! Hate those little buggers.
    Love the deck. We so need to stain ours – when it was built, that never quite got done and life just got in the way. It’s on the list…

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