Butterfly at the Hummingbird Feeder & Prodeck

Butterfly at the hummingbird feeder.  Taken through kitchen window glass.

Butterfly at the hummingbird feeder. Taken through kitchen window glass.

It was a pleasant surprise to see a butterfly at the hummingbird feeder this afternoon.  I’m surprised the feisty hummers didn’t run it off.

We signed a contract on the new roof Saturday and put a 25% deposit down on it.  They say it will be installed in 3-4 weeks.  The recent hailstorm in Douglasville apparently damaged a lot of roofs there, so there are first in line.

The contractor who sold us the roof also gave me a real gift.

I have painted the decks with latex deck paint, and when that bubbled up, stripped it off, then repainted with oil based paint.  When that came up I switched to Behr deck waterproofing.  That wears off so quickly.  I would have to do it twice a year to keep up with it, and I haven’t done that.

So the deck is starting to split and crack.  I mentioned to the contractor that I thought I would have to take the boards up, turn them upside down, and really wished I could find a permanent deck solution.

He said there was no reason to turn the boards upside down, and that our deck cracks weren’t that bad.  He said to use Prodeck.  He said it rolls on, but will last forever.  He said the first coat will look horrible, the second coat will start looking a little better, but the third coat will look great with all the gaps filled in.  And it should never need re-doing.

Now I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’ve tried everything else, so I plan to try that.

Ron is pressure washing the vinyl siding today.  After he’s done, I’ll scrub the back deck and get it ready to treat.  IF the rain stops.  More is predicted.

I’ll have to sand the rest of the colored Behr off the front deck because it has lasted better there and still has patchy color on it.

I don’t dare pressure wash it off because Ron did that a little too vigorously once and left gouges in the wood.

Once I get the outdoor projects done, I’ll work on the kitchen and bathrooms over the winter.

Our next camping trip will be to Texas in October to camp with my sister and brother-in-law there.  Unless we get too antsy and have to head for a nearby campground for a few days before then.  🙂


  1. The roofers have been really busy in this area for the past month or so. Sounds like you might have hit on a solution for the deck. Keep us updated!!


  2. Marcia GB

     /  August 12, 2013

    Sounds good for your deck and I hope the new roof is done soon. If I was a betting woman, I’d put my money on you taking off for a few days before October 🙂


  3. EmilyO

     /  August 12, 2013

    And the home work begings. . . .


  4. Hope the pro-deck works for you. Have been seeing lots of advertising for it in our area.


  5. Ginger Clayborn

     /  August 12, 2013

    Will you be at Pine knot rally in texas? If so, hope to see you there.


    • Ginger, I would love to go, but I’m an extreme introvert and crowds overwhelm me. So I pass on rallies. Sure would like to run into you at a campground someday, though. 🙂


  6. I’ve seen many of those butterflies around here lately. They are so pretty.

    October seems so far away,doesn’t it?

    Hope you are back from Texas ready for some fall camping. Would love to meet up with you again.


    • In some ways, October seems like a lifetime away. But the days will zip by.

      I’d love to meet up with you, too. Sure wish I had a minivan camper so I could get away with the girls! 🙂


  7. cozybegone

     /  August 13, 2013

    Prodeck..interesting. we coated every year with a sealer…what a pain. Anxious to hear about this. Lazy here…teaching self Sudoku.


    • I found out today that Home Depot doesn’t carry Pro-deck. Will have to find a distributor.

      You deserve to be lazy after the past few months! Enjoy! 🙂


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