It turns out we aren't going to be going to Ontario to see the family as planned, so I decided to dive into the yard and get fencing. I rented a fancy-shmancy gas-powered auger to drill the post holes and got to work this morning. Except that what the guy at the shop didn't tell me is that there is NO WAY I can drill the holes. I'm not tall enough to put my weight above it, and even standing on something, I'm not heavy enough to push it down. So after much crying, and frustration I gave up. Lance (my neighbor) came over this evening and dug three holes no problem (the most I could do was about 4 inches deep). He said he'll come over tomorrow and dig the rest -- oh! I'm going to owe him big-time. I'll pay him, but I don't know what is fair. I've been able to salvage all the boards so far though, which is good, because I'll be able to reuse them and just put a wood filler in the holes before repainting. That should save me a good chunk of change. And so the only boards I'll have to buy are from the existing fence to the alley. Not bad at all. probably only about 50 1"x6"x6'. That's oohhh-kay.
One of my kids came by the house last night to visit. "You miss me already?" I asked. Apparently so. I told her I'd have her over for a BBQ this month (she's moving out of town, so it's a special deal just for her), and she is not going to forget. I think she came over, really, to have me commit to a time. I told her it'd be late this month, once I'd built my deck. I'll see her again soon, I'm sure.
Anyway, it's just really good to be on holidays and I am looking forward to a couple of leisurely months. Oohhhh Yeah.
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