Back in 2015, a couple of years after we switched to being part-time on the sailboat we had the driveway/walkway's refinished in a decorative concrete finish & sealer and it was quite an improvement. Here's the before/after for that.
|A sad sight for sure - I hated those white rocks!|
|2015 - Quite a spiffy-up, looking good.|
After many years that lace-like pattern trapped a ton of dust and dirt which hardened & turned it into a dirty looking mess, not to mention the surface cracks reappearing in the concrete. Going off and leaving it for several months at a time didn't help the situation. 😞 I got kind of fed-up about how bad it looked, so to stop my b*tching and complaining about it we bit the bullet and had a different treatment applied. No more dimples, instead a slate-like, smoother texture for easier maintenance.
|Big-time pressure wash finished, and now fixing the cracks.|
It took a week, luckily we had great weather, and it came out great! Ryan and his crew did a thoroughly professional job, and made no bones about getting our input all along the way to make sure we were happy. Looks a dream again now! 😍
|I think I'm going to get some brick stain to breathe a little |
life back into my brick paver edging, it's a little washed-out.
|If you click on the picture you can see the grid lines & new texture. |
Also, in between the 2 doors is the new-to-me floral arrangement.
On to other things that I've been spending time on. Remember that .49¢ per lb turkey I picked up before Thanksgiving? Well, I had to do something with it that didn't involve eating it - too much other stuff to try to eat up before decommissioning the freezers and heading out west. The solution; thaw it out, cut it up and pressure can it using the raw-pack method!
|I have a separate piece of plastic I use over my craft table |
when I doing messy work. No lingering contamination that way.
|I got 8 nice pint jars out of it and, as they say in the Islands,|
"Dat Finish" - whew, happy to have that done, (it wasn't too bad).
Additional things I've been working on are silk floral arrangements, I'm a victim, really! I see these half-way decent straw basket/greenery projects at the thrift for $2.99 and I can't resist - it's a compulsion. 😁 Anyway, I have to bring them home with me and "fix" them. Here's my latest; unfortunately I didn't take a before pic showing all the bare stalks of greenery in the pretty good basket. It looks quite nice now, I didn't spend more that a couple more bucks on it (Dollar Tree flowers, lol), and I'm using it in the courtyard.
|Nice oblong straw basket, now full and pretty|
Still on the puzzling train and enjoying it in between bigger projects. Here's the latest. Bigger than usual at 550 pieces, it took more time but was fun. Patsy (https://patsyischillin.blogspot.com/ ) could knock this out in a couple of hours, she's a master puzzler!
In the food arena, we had more beef pot pie, more cookies (pecan & chocolate chip macaroons) and fresh cornbread to go with our baked ham leftovers from the freezer. I was mentioning to my sister that I may try to source some dry ice and pack an old Omaha Steak cooler with some of our frozen goodies - I still have quite a few steaks and center cut pork chops not to mention roast pork and baked ham. It would make for some easy meals if I could get it out there intact.
|Edges got a little dark on me, boo.|
|A "half recipe" is perfect for us, we usually get at least 3 meals off it.|
And finally, building some more fabric squares for some future project. It's great busy-work and I enjoy it. I'm loving my puff quilt/pillow!
|I guess it's going to be purply-blues this go round.|
Thanks for the visit, hope to see you again sometime. In the meantime, take care, be safe, count your blessings and have a great day.