Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Before I ever understand spaces between leaves, which will likely take the rest of my life, there are other spaces that demand more immediate contemplation. The spaces between the cedar boards on our deck were full of decaying pine needles, dirt and debris from twenty years of neglect. The boards were sun-baked and had turned gray years ago. Our last big project of the summer was to refinish the back and front decks. This required several days of replacing boards, some with dry rot, getting all the squeaks out with over 750 screws and then two days of sanding with a large machine from our local equipment rental store. We finished sanding late yesterday and then overnight a weather front moved through and rained. We are glad for that because we could legitimately rest for the day and breathe a little easier for the firefighters trying to get a handle on the forest fire still going strong near Black Butte Ranch five miles away from us. The deck will dry in a couple of days and then we'll apply the stain and know intimately about spaces between boards.