Actually, two trips for Vince and the day isn’t over!
Because the grout still isn’t sealed . . tomorrow I hope . . I’m not making a mess in the kitchen. Vince said “Do you want to go eat Mexican for lunch?” I told him I’d go but I wanted to wait til at least 1:30 when there were few people in there. So . . we ate Mexican but then . . Walmart, Aldi, Dollar Tree (or some dollar store – I didn’t go inside) and Home Depot. He wanted to go in Goodwill and I asked him to please do that some day when I wasn’t with him and he said ok.
At Walmart, Vince wanted to get oil filters for the cars. We take our vehicles to a guy who changes the oil but we bring the filters and the oil. I need celery seed and mustard seed to make green tomato relish and it seems to be out of stock everywhere. I have enough but it will use all the celery seed that I have. I have enough mustard seed too but I’d love to make cranberry mustard again this year and that takes a lot. As soon as cranberries are plentiful, I’d like to make more of the cranberry mustard. I love that stuff! I was able to get celery seeds and mustard seeds at WM online but they only had one container of mustard seeds. Crazy.
Another thing I haven’t been able to find is Haagen Dazs Coconut Pineapple ice cream. I love it and WM has been out of stock the last three times I’ve ordered groceries. Today when we were in the Carthage WM, I checked. They have about 8 flavors of Haagen Dazs but the Coconut Pineapple slot was empty. I had to get Blue Bell Bride’s Cake. 🙂
Vince was hoping to find more red chairs at Aldi but the Carthage store didn’t have any so I guess we’re stuck with four. We’ve gone from no deck furniture to probably too much now but we’re not putting any of it out til the deck gets finished . . and who knows when that will happen. It’s weird to me that things went so quickly and I was thinking .. this is going to be done in no time and now, it’s just lingering but I think it’s because we have him working on several things and last week it rained a couple of days. They got all the roof . . I don’t know what you call it. The sheets of plywood looking stuff . . it’s all on the roof. They had hoped to get the felt stuff up today but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I would go out and take pictures but I don’t think I’m their favorite person right now.
These guys have done an amazing job with everything – the concrete work, building the new stairs, the dirt work around Vince’s shop, what they’ve done so far on the pergola but the deck!!
Every single seam/join (whatever you call it) is staggered . . except these two. This deck is probably 16 x 45 or maybe bigger and these two areas were put together like this. I saw it after they left one day and I went in and asked Vince if had seen it. Yes. I asked “Did they talk to you before they did that?” He said no but I’m not so sure about that. He said “They’re having a hard time getting lumber that’s straight and they were trying to use what they had.” NO! I told him . . for what this deck is costing us, forever I will look at those two spots and be unhappy with it.
Chad looked at it this weekend and said “You won’t even notice after it’s stained!” My feeling is if Chad and Vince were building this deck and we were trying to save money, maybe I’d be ok with it but for what we’re paying . . no, I am not ok with it. I told Vince . . every time anyone looks at that, they’re going to do a doubletake and wonder why? Why does this deck look amazing except there? I said “I’ll leave it but I want a rug over that area so I don’t have to see it. Vince said “I’m not putting a rug over it.” OK . . they can replace the middle boards in both sets of three and it won’t look so bad.
So, right now, they’re out there removing boards and replacing them to get rid of all those seams coming together at the same place. I can’t wait for them to leave so I can poke my head out there and see what it looks like.
That picky woman!!