Woke up at 8:00 A.M. Grabbed a bowl of cereal, then headed outside. Didn't even get ready for anything else! I mowed the front yard...which had areas of 8-inch tall grass! It needed it badly. I then became ambitious and pulled out the power washer and started on my deck.
Frankly, I was nothing short of shocked to see just how well it made my wood go from old and brown to fairly new-looking!!! It was seriously making it look sharp! I spent a couple of hours on it, but I really wasn't getting anywhere. I was probably only 1/4 of the way done. Knowing that I may have an 8-hour job in front of me, I opted to NOT pursue that any further!!! I took a break, came in, showered, and brushed my teeth. It was about 10:45.
It was warming up quickly, but I went ahead and tried out one of the gallons of stain from my purchase a week or so ago. Hmm. It wasn't the brown I had anticipated. It was more clear! I tried it on an old piece of wood and a power-washed piece. The difference was night and day. I knew right then and there that I would have to complete what I started. I had numerous hours of power-washing ahead of me. Ruh roh.
I headed to McDonald's for lunch...a couple of hamburgers and a sweet tea with a nice refill! Then I came back and continued the job. Another couple of hours. I'll be honest, the deck WAS starting to look nice! It's really making the wood look like new! But I have to literally cover EVERY square-inch with that wand, and that is just no easy task! I pressed on.
I took a break in the mid-afternoon...when it was 108 degrees. I took too long of a break, though, and really didn't want to go back out! But I forced myself to do it. And I added another couple of hours in the early evening. Mom and Dad came over, and I pulled the ol' Tom Sawyer move on them...each of them did a few boards. But I was eager to call it a day...I still have a few hours left to do before I can stain it.
Talked with Mom and Dad for a bit...enjoyed a nice McDonald's frap around 8:30. They headed home, and I stayed inside the rest of the night. Talked to Whit for a short bit...she was out line-dancin' with her girls.
Ended up going to bed around midnight.