Yep, finally, deck pictures. Now the railings still need to be installed but Gene was so behind on business he had to pull off the deck and get caught up.
Of course just when it became usable the weather changed.
Snow and rain predicted all week long. A fine welcome for the folks. The stairs are temporary until next year when we will look at them again and grade and landscape the area but for now, they are fine and sturdy and certainly beat going up and down a ladder!
We have opted not to enclose the underneath with lattice or the like.
I will likely do some shrubs, clumping bamboo and of course lavender and santolina since the deer hate those items. Maybe a woody herd like rosemary since that's also unappealing to the deer but not as hardy in this climate as I would like.
Since the folks have arrived, I can show you the the small welcome gifts I made. Linen pillowcases complete with monograms. Along with the correct monogram they each got a different colored hem band
It was my first shot at monograms.
The complete alphabet (and numbers 1-9 I believe), in this circle style from
8 Claws and a Paw Embroidery were on sale for $4.95, so it was not terribly expensive to add this nice set to my growing embroidery selection.
My parents got in without incident after a long and cramped flight. I know airlines need to make a profit but I have say, having so little leg room you can't even cross and uncross your legs or tie a shoe really makes one feel like the proverbial sardine in a can! The folks agreed but everything was put to rights with a nice meal and plentiful libations. The fun begins today with a marathon football viewing extravaganza and homemade pizza! :)