May 14, 2021

Friday Night Photos

I don't have a lot of photos today, but I do have a couple of pretty interesting ones...

First, Jerry got a great photo of the fox that's been hanging around. I've seen him trotting past our house a few times now. I really love where we live--with the state land/marsh across the street, we see a lot of fun nature.

Jerry finally power washed our house and deck. I've been asking him to do it for a while, but it seemed like it was either raining or we had something going on every day that he was off work. I would have done it myself, but he told me that it would be killer on my hands/arms. One of the most painful things for me to do is to squeeze something and he said you have to squeeze the trigger and handle the whole time you're spraying.

Anyway, I knew the deck was terrible and needed to be power washed, but I was not at all prepared for the before and after pictures. It's gross! We usually power wash every year in the spring, but last year we didn't do it. When our "bug guy" came to spray the house for spiders, he said not to power wash the house afterward because we'll get spiders again. So this time, we knew better--we power washed the day before he came. (Spiders are probably the biggest drawback to living across from the marsh!)

These pictures are from before, then immediately after (when it was still wet) and then the next day. We want to stain or paint the deck this year--we just haven't decided exactly what we're going to do yet. The stain we had on it faded a long time ago.

And then, most horrifying, is this picture when Jerry was actually doing the power washing. Look at the difference!

I attempted the Color Street Nails again. It's been at least six months since I first tried it--I'd sealed the leftover pieces back in the plastic so that I could use them again in the future. However, I never found a good time because I was always working with my hands, like drywalling the garage and building things out of wood. It just seemed pointless to try to do my nails.

They look better than the first time, but there are still some spots that I messed up a little. They took a long time to apply because I was trying to be very careful, and I find applying nail polish to be easier--but I love how durable the Color Street strips are. When I use nail polish, it gets chipped within 24 hours. With the Color Street strips, they lasted until my nail grew out a bit and there was an obvious gap between my cuticles and the color (maybe two weeks?); they never chipped. I'd love to be able to paint my nails and have it last at least 4-5 days without chipping or peeling.

Finally, here is a meme/ad that Jerry saw and sent to me. I love seeing these sorts of memes about the insane cost of lumber right now! So funny.

Have a great weekend! xo


  1. The plywood meme made me cackle out loud. 😂 Your deck looks amazing!

    I think that our resident wildlife (possums, squirrels, rats, and raccoons) have been inviting their buddies over to feast at the orange trees these past couple of weeks. Every morning, I'm seeing more and more little bits of peel and half- to mostly-eaten oranges on the ground. At least I know that the oranges are tasty! 😉 I'm not even that close to the regional park either.

  2. Dazzle Dry is amazing polish that doesn’t chip. The tips of you nails will show wear after about a week but never chips and it’s quick drying. You can order the mini kit at first to see if you like it.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! The chipping is what bothers me--because once it chips, I can't help but pick at it! Haha. I'll check out Dazzle Dry--I've not heard of it. (Then again, I buy nail polish probably once a decade, so I haven't heard of most brands!)

  3. Power washing is incredibly satisfying, but Jerry is right, it is harder work than you’d think. I paid my son to do it last year. I need to have him do the driveway.

  4. I'm so happy you gave Color Street another shot! I swear I don't sell it, I'm just super obsessed with it lol. Once you really get into the groove of putting it on, there's no going back to regular polish! Your nails look great!

  5. My hubs has powerwashing our deck on his list right now. He just puts two coats of Thompson water seal on it after it is clean and thoroughly dry. It is almost 20 years old and hanging in there. But we'll probably replace it with a composite deck when it gives up the ghost.


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