Whew! After this post, I will have totally caught you all up on what's been happening. Sorry for the barrage of posts. I will try to keep a more consistent post schedule.
OK, first up is our picnic table. Last month, Jim's grandmother gave us her picnic table. It had a rough winter and wasn't in the best of shape. I would rate it code red for splinters. I decided to take the project on myself and borrowed my dad's electric sander. I spent an afternoon sanding it smooth. I then went out to Ace and bought some deck stain. Unfortunately, I think they mixed the color up wrong because it turned out way more orange than I wanted. I had picked out a medium brown shade, but I just rolled with it. I wanted to get this project done. I spent another afternoon staining it. I was quite dirty by the time I was done. I gave all surfaces one coat of stain, but I gave 2 coats to the seats and table top.
Here is a pic of the finshed picnic table. I'm sorry, I forgot to take a before pic.
I'm quite proud of my accomplishment. Thanks, Grandma for the picnic table!
I wanted to show you the cool rock that Jim's mom found while working on the hedges.
I think it looks like a slice of bacon. Mmmm! Bacon! ^_^
I was a little worried 2 weeks ago when the city started repaving our road. I didn't know how long it would take, and road construction always seems to take forever. I was concerned that our guests would have a difficult time arriving to our housewarming if there was construction. Well, it only took them a week to do it, so now we have a nice new road to show off to our guests. Woot!
I love gazing up at the moon, and it was particularly lovely a few days ago. I attempted to take pictures of it, but they of course don't do it justice.
However, I think these are the best ones I've ever taken.
I've also noticed that the fireflies are out and about already. I was mesmerized the other night watching them in the fields across the street. They literally made the fields sparkle. I also made a wish that night on the first star I saw. It was a lovely wish, but I can't tell you what it was. I just hope that it comes true some day. It is the same wish I always make.
Next up are some wildlife pictures I've taken.
I managed to get closer to a chipmunk while I had the camera on me. I think I caught him off guard. I especially like the middle picture, but you'll have to click on it to see it larger.
Just yesterday, I had remarked to Jim that I was surprised we hadn't seen any rabbits in our yard yet. Well, low-and-behold, this one hopped out of a bush in the the backyard this afternoon.
And last but not least, a pic of one of our black squirrels. I think this is the best one I've taken of them so far. They usually hang out near the very back of our yard and run up a tree before I can get close enough to take a decent pic.