Having an uncomfortable porch is silly in a place where porch living is synonymous with Florida living. Who lives in the Fabulous Florida Keys and doesn't want to have a nice comfortable space to enjoy outdoors?
Prodded by the boys, yesterday we pulled out all the crap that passed for furniture and piled it all on the deck. Then we went to work pulling out the mosquito netting and worn out wooden trim.
We had a quotation from a professional for five hundred bucks to replace the mosquito netting. But as we thought about it we realized we have never really been bothered by mosquitoes up here despite the holes and the lack of a door and so why do we need to enclose it at all?
I loathe netting; it cuts the air flow and makes the space claustrophobic. You can't lean on the hand rail, balance a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunlight on the greenery, with that stupid netting boxing you in.
We tore it out and Chuck took my picture to prove that I wasn't just standing around watching them work.
Wayne, the former carpenter was our leader and he soaked his t-shirt working like a dog. That was humbling.
Wayne's better half liked to pose and look butch but we are fond of Chuck so we tried to be sweet to the big boy with the big power washer nozzle.
It's silly but I am really looking forward to installing our new more comfortable rocking chairs and our properly square table, with a few plants potted by the fabulous Thérèse and not much else.
Clean and simple is what I want to end up with when it's painted, though I'm sure my wife and the boys will want dust catchers. We've opened up the north end which used to be closed off with impenetrable damned netting, so that will make this stretch of side deck accessible for the first time. We never used to circle the entire house to get here unless the air conditioning pump or satellite radio antenna needed attention. Now we have a whole new walkway. Cool.
The real power behind the washer was Wayne of course and he did the honors, finishing off our Sunday chore.
Now if the painter finally returns our call we'll pay him to scrape and paint or else we may end up doing it ourselves if Key's Disease prevents him from following up on our initial appointment. We'd like to spread some work around but if the pros can't be bothered, what the hell, we'll do it ourselves.
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