Working. Staining. Repairing. Ordering. Purchasing. Taking pictures...While the Sun Shines. Because once the cold fronts blow in and the snow starts to fall, the pace slows. We don't repair or stain then. Instead, we settle in. I don't work with tools then. Instead, I work with knitting needles and a sewing machine. I'm not complaining.
All the locals kept remarking how fast the summers go by here, but I'm becoming more and more convinced that autumn goes by even faster. The trees are so beautiful. Breathtaking! Every day that I venture out I see changes everywhere. The colors on the leaves go from green to gold to orange and red. No two mountains look the same, and they don't keep the same colors for long. The snow last weekend caused many leaves to turn brown. This is why it seems autumn is going too quickly. Some of the gold is starting to fade. "Nothing gold can stay."
Just at the start of autumn and before the first snow a couple of weeks ago, we looked outside and saw a magpie looking at us through our back door. It was cheeping loudly and looking for food. There was a distinct autumn chill in the air. That should have been my clue that the cold was coming. I'm learning.
That next day, we set about getting the deck stained so as to protect the wood from the elements. We chose a color of stain from a swatch at Ace, and John washed and sanded the handrail and floor. The color didn't cover the way we thought it would, but the wood is protected, and that's what really matters. We had no idea we'd be getting our first snow that very weekend!
After that snow melted, we had a three day window of glorious sunshine and dry weather. Perfect for refinishing a driveway. (Wow. I never dreamed I'd been helping my husband refinish a driveway one day!) We are learning so much right now.
John cleaned the driveway, dug out all of the mushroom matter (blech!), and filled in the remaining hole with some gravel before filling all of the cracks with some asphalt filler. The next day he went outside to do the next step of the job and saw that a deer had stepped right in the very hole where the mushrooms had been growing and left his/her hoof print in the hole. Ha! You just gotta laugh!
He spread the refinisher over the entire driveway, and after it dried you could still see where we had tried to patch the hoof print. I guess that spot on the driveway is just meant to be wonky this season! Oh well, yet another item is checked off the list and is ready for winter.
And now, we are, too.