Friday, July 17, 2020

Dog Days 2020

Finnegan Helping with the Deck Project
Elkridge, MD
July 16, 2020
The Dog Days are upon us and the summer is becoming hot and sultry. It has been difficult around the house for the smallest member of the family. Finnegan gets very frustrated when Chris and I are at home, but not available for him to follow and be near--as was the case while we were staining the deck.

Newly Stained Deck Christened by Morning Shower
Elkridge, MD
July 17, 2020
It was day two of the deck staining project and Finnegan, of course, could not be with us. He likes to be a bit too close and stain does not work well in his coat. As we were nearing the completion of the project yesterday, staining the stairs, he could no longer be contained and he rushed the door when I opened it taking a position near Chris as she was staining a baluster.

We managed to complete the project in two days, two long and hot days, using three gallons of stain. Three complete gallons of stain. Fortunately we bought four gallons and there is a gallon remaining to stain the small porch off the garage. I have to replace a board three and it will look nice when stained to match the deck on the back of the house.

The newly stained deck was christened this morning by a passing shower--but fortunately it had been drying overnight and since yesterday afternoon so so damage was done.

As the Dog Days deepen and the coronavirus continues to rage I wonder what other fun projects I will become involved in completing.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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