Sunday, we started with a muggy bike ride to Tally's for brunch, which has become our new weekly tradition. This time, though - we were armed with a coupon, so the whole thing was even sweeter. Once we were back, it was time to get back down to business.
We notched out the very last board and Hubs had the honor of placing the last screw. Just look at the pure joy on his face!
Then, while he went and futzed with our neglected garden, I started placing the baluster caps on the rails. We went with the black metal poles for maximum see-through-ability after the City of Des Moines crushed our stainless steel tension wire dreams. Let me tell you, measuring and drilling these caps was boring. Luckily, Hubs realized that somehow, we had forgotten to start our basil seeds (!) and I needed caulk to fill the caps, so we got to break things up with a trip to the hardware store.
When all was said and done, here is what we had: a deck with flooring and posts, but no stairs, rails or trellis. That's what weeknights are for! Though I failed at taking garden pictures - we did get the beans and basil in the ground finally, too. Parts of our life not directly related to deck building have been put on the back burner these past few weeks.