Well first, it’s a patio table.
We’ve been searching for a table that we love AND would be willing to buy; we’ve learned two things: 1) we don’t like anything out of the box, and 2) what we do like is waaaaaay more than we’d like to spend.
So Hank made one today. :)
We found plans online here, and the whole thing was finished in a matter of hours, including that extra trip back to the lumber yard that always seems to happen.
We decided to stain it gray to tie in with the house…but mostly because it reminds me of the beach and I do love the beach.
By the way, Pearl is muy not impressed. She had to be tethered out of the way so that didn’t turn into a mottled Australian shepherd.
In other news, the boys and I had to make an emergency trip to the nursery today to find help in getting rid of some horrid little black bugs that are eating my baskets of gold. As a bonus, we picked up some ladybugs to help out in the garden. I’m not sure who was most excited – Hank or the boys.
These below are other horrid things that we are currently waging war against – and feel like we’re losing. Do you see the green bulb-like things every so often? Those turn into the most massive, painful, triceratops-looking goathead stickers ever to live. Oh I hate them so much. I’m thinking about running an ad in our neighborhood forum asking for help: anyone willing to plop down in our backyard and pull these out by hand will earn $10/bucket filled, as long as you leave our baby grass intact. Hank actually just read online about a certain weevil that eats these…might be worth a shot to place an order.
But these lovelies? They’ll keep our tomato and zucchini plants happy and safe from aphids (which, to be honest, I haven’t really noticed any damage from this season; the boys just really wanted a bag of 2000 ladybugs).
Made these today. Recipe in the new Primal Cravings cookbook that’s chock full of pretty darn tasty stuff. Huge hit with the boys this morning.
And I think that’s enough for today. Feeling thankful for deep, deep belly laughs today, a new spot to eat outside (sans chairs, but I’m not picky), and happy bugs.