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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Can You Feel It? 

Beginning last week, there was a "hint" in the air that my favorite time of year was just around the corner.     Of course, the days have still been hot, muggy and, often-times, unbearable but, early mornings have been the giveaway.     Autumn is coming, and bringing with it all the glorious colors, the cooler temperatures, the chilly early morning and late evening Harley rides, Alabama football, bonfires, and late evenings with friends enjoying the crisp, clear night air and lively conversations . . .

Saturday evening, we watched the first Alabama game on an ESPN gameday ticket.     You know Autumn can't be too far away when the Tide suits up and Big Al is mugging for the cameras.

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And, along with our long Labor Day weekend, we expended some labor to move forward with our plans to extend our back deck.     Our house currently has a covered porch that wraps around three full sides of the house.     On the back of the house, the covered porch turns into a covered screened-in porch on one side of the breakfast room, and an open deck on the other side of the breakfast room.     The breakfast room is joined to either side by two sets of French doors leading out to either the screened porch or the open deck, with a full wall of windows facing directly back into the back yard.

Even though the deck was finished our with full stairs, a landing, and built-in seating, it was built with several angles to the outer edges that -- for all intents and purposes -- merely cut off useable square footage, and make the deck smaller than it actually is.     So, we have extended the deck space from the top of the stairs/landing straight out (right now it juts in), all the way over to meet up with where we have extended the floor area of the covered porch (that stopped just 5' past the corner of the house and jutted in to begin forming the deck area).     By extending out a line from the covered porch and extending out a line from the stairs/landing, we have (basically) squared-up all of the jigs and juts that were cutting into useable deck space.     We've added five 12' double 6x6 posts, lag-bolted together, and set on footings and concreted into the ground, for the supports for the remainder of the deck extension.     The joists have been hung and, now, all of the current railings and ballisters will need to be removed so that the floor decking can be installed.     This extension will add approximately 450 s/f of extra deck space to the deck when it is finished.     And, when it is complete, we are having a hot tub installed.

I had a stack of mail to take out to the mailbox this morning and *brrrrrr* there was a definite nip-in-the-air.     So I came back inside and whipped up some raspberry scones from scratch, and I'm waiting on them to finish cooking.     I'm going to brew a cup of cinnamon tea, have a scone or two, and sit out on the deck and enjoy the early morning crispness that is in the air.

Then, it will be time to get to work.     I have a couple of looming deadlines on some columns that are due, and I have some personal and business correspondence to attend to, and several phone calls I must make.     I also have to design some flyers for an upcoming Texas Hold 'Em fundraiser that I am overseeing for our Harley Owners' Group Chapter.

But, for now, I can smell those delicious scones, and I hear the tea kettle starting to whistle . . . it's time for a little "me" time out on the deck . . .

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