With the insulation done on the kitchen wall the day before, it was now time to reconstruct the old deck with whatever good used treated lumber that could be scrounged up. No one has any money to buy new treated decking but there were just enough treated 2 x 6's to finish half the original deck. The old deck had been there since about 1975 or 76 and it was the original nails who hadn't survived the years of wear & tear along with some of the boards. Todays job was to rebuild it back so that Brian & Reva could again use their front door.
Below are pictures, not in any particular order of yesterdays activities. In return for a days work, all the men wanted was a home cooked meal from Reva. Reva is an excellent cook and Doug loves coming over to help his dad just so that he can get some of his mom's home cooking :))
|Each piece of lumber had to be looked at carefully|
and then the nails had to be pulled out of it before
they could use it in part or in whole.
|Taking a break|
|sawdust covered deck|
|The deck was originally built around this tree and the deck|
has had to be cut away from it as it has grown.
|Jimmy & Doug worked very well together and|
Jimmy was impressed with Doug's work.
|Jango the fearless|
|Jimmy & Doug|
|Brian, Jimmy & Doug|
I was also amazed at how healthy country cats can be who only get fed dry cat food once a day. I'm sure they also eat Reva's leftover cooking and probably catch mice, birds and snakes. Brian also told me that Reva brushes each of their 9 cats every evening. I asked Reva why they don't have any kittens and she told me that all of their cats have been fixed. Here is a picture of their 9 cats.
|The cats are all very friendly and all very beautiful|
with shiny thick coats all ready for winter.