Friday, April 11, 2014

Because of my self imposed new rule where I don't watch cable news any longer
( it's been a week and a half )
I have nothing to rant about
so today's post will be titled
"Marks Home Improvements"

Your welcome.

Anyway, pleasant weather has arrived here in New London, Pa
so that means it's time to get off the couch,
the winter hibernation is over and it's time to get the yard back in shape.

Some people enjoy this.
That would not be me.

My wife headed out with rake in hand to start tackling the millions of nuts
and branches and stuff that has accumulated over the winter in our front yard
covering what little grass is battling to poke through the debris.

I headed out to the deck to give it a much needed makeover.

 It's been scrubbed and power washed
and it's now waiting for a clear wood sealer to bring it back to life.

I like the feel of the openness of a uncluttered deck.
My wife doesn't agree.
But I told her,
"We have much more room for activities!"
( referencing the movie Step Brothers.)

I explained there would be a new seating arrangement.

 Everyone jammed on one end promotes a feeling of closeness.
Like going to church,
we'll all sit in rows
and we'll all be much closer to the grill. 

She didn't like the idea.


On another note,
my friends hold a "White Elephant" party every year.
The idea is everyone brings a Christmas present they have received
that they just hate
and we exchange them at this party.
It's quite funny actually.

One rule is,
a gift can only be brought to the party 3 times.
After the same gift shows up 3 years in a row, the owner of that gift must keep it.

This past year I was lucky enough to walk away with this beautiful item.
It's an animal print purse lamp with matching night light!!!
Awesome, don't you think.
I mean, who wouldn't want this item enhancing your living room?

If you do......
I just listed it on ebay.

I'll give you free shipping.

Have a great weekend.


Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Aw, come on, that lamp SCREAMS out for being put on the tug boat. Let me know how you make out with that.

Joey said...

That lamp belongs in The Christmas Story!!! Ralphie's father would LOVE that!!!!

On the other hand, I'm thinking your friend Wayne (Woody) is totally on to something!!!!!

Susie said...

Mark, I will resist saying that the lamp is SO you. LOL. I'd be taking that back for the next go around. Last Saturday, my husband and I filled a trailer with yard debris. You are ahead of on the deck washing. Ours needs a new finish. Wishing you a fun filled weekend. xoxo,Susie

Formerly known as Frau said...

We are doing this very thing tomorrow. I'm partly glad to be outside but I'd much rather watch someone else clean up the winter debris with a Stella in my hand and my feet propped up! Have a wonderful weekend...enjoy the lamp....yikes!

Anonymous said...

I will pass on the Ebay purse lamp thing a ma jig, thanks. And I totally agree with your wife on the deck arrangement because, as we all know, men have no clue. LOL

Jerral Miles said...

I'll pass on the print purse lamp, but I'll keep you in mind if you go into the business of refurbishing porches and deck...