Thursday, September 13, 2018

Coffee on the Deck

Almost Fall - all set for sipping coffee and reading in the cool of the day on the front deck. Peaches had a 'walk-about' and then stood for awhile on the porch watching people walk by.

Stencil alert - project included.

You know there was a 'before' to go with that idea - the pile of garbage bags waiting for the next dump run (no food in these bags) and metal shelf without the shelves.

Boxes are either full of stuff or stacked for temporary storage. Not the best way to make the front porch inviting.

This week is the planned dump run and the bags are now in the back of the van, empty boxes are collapsed and ready for next Tuesday's recycling day. Empty office boxes were moved inside.

Swept the deck, moved the metal shelf frame to the carport (project in waiting). 

Left on the deck: thrifted brown wooden chair and orange stool (for that coffee cup and a book) and large dragon plant pot holding the newly added chrysanthemum.

Too soon for the pumpkins.

Tidy, ready for a bit of relaxing.

Today's Project: Wooden Duck Changed


Duck Sign: before, painted and stenciled: open/closed

The unpainted duck was going to have open/closed stenciled but the marks on the duck just didn't look right. It was useful to try out the stencils on the awkward shape of the wooden duck.

Painted the duck white. Added black stenciled Open/Closed. Used CeCe Beckely Coal.

After 2 coats Ce Ce Caldwell Vintage White the duck had OPEN and CLOSED stenciled in CeCe Caldwell Vintage White.

Back to the deck - fresh, waiting for company.

 There was a big thunder/rain/hail/winds storm Friday evening and the downtown area looked like it had snowed - piles along the roads, covering the grassy areas, covering planted areas. Cars were lined up way back on the various routes east and not moving much.

So I decided to share the last of the roses (before the storm) and (for family far away I included my replacement car) in case the roses are over for the year.

Thank you for visiting today.



  1. Hello puppy! Your deck looks ready for some relaxing. Nothing better than sitting outside with your pups and a good coffee.

  2. Pretty dog. I would love to sip coffee on the porch..we have too many flying bug things around now. Bummer. I like the new sign you created. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  3. Getting just one little area cleaned out and set up makes all the difference in the world!!

  4. Hi from the Bloggers Pitstop - I love meeting other Midlife bloggers and it was so nice to see your porch go from storage space to sitting space - and those yellow flowers and cute dog all add to it :)
    Leanne |

  5. I love that open and closed idea on duck shaped. Sipping coffee on porch is best thing to do

  6. Love the duck...and the dog. We had a Shepard growing up. Greatest dog...

  7. It always feels good to get an area cleaned up. The duck turned out great! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. What a pleasant area to come home to. Love the bright yellow mums! Perfect color for a summer to fall transition.

  9. Peaches looks so cute <3 Your porch looks very inviting & cozy and you did a great job with the duck sign. Happy MM.

  10. Well, your porch looks tiddy now. Peaches is adorable! Happy Autumn as you enjoy your porch.

  11. Excellent before and after shots, the deck looks quite spiffy now, the perfect place for you and Peaches to sit and watch the world go by. How great does that duck look? I imagine placing the stencil just right was a bit of a 'mare but you got it perfectly placed, are you keeping it or is it headed to your booth? Love your multicoloured rose mosaic.
    Happy MM.

  12. Joy, wonderful porch and looks like Peaches likes it too! Love the duck! I've been breaking down boxes and getting ready for this weeks recycling, too. Never ending!!!!!!

  13. A lovely idea!

    I enjoyed this post for Mosaic Monday - wish you a very good week.

  14. Peaches is a beautiful dog! Your deck looks lovely too. We just refinished ours and bought some nice patio furniture. I've been enjoying my coffee out there, as the evenings finally start to cool off. I found your blog on the GRAND Social. Enjoy your day!

  15. The roses are still so beautiful at the end of their run! I appreciate that you showed the “before” picture of your deck.. Gives me (a mere mortal, not a decorating genius) more hope than just seeing the perfectly done “after” shot.

  16. Peaches is a beautiful pup. And now you have me in the mood to go out and buy some mums, although ours will have to be on the back deck (high above the ground) to keep them safe from the deer! Thanks for your recent visit to my blog!

  17. Aaaaw Peaches is so adorable Joy. We have a German Shepherd cross Husky and she has that same intelligent look in her eyes too. Love your open and closed duck sign too. That's a really neat idea and so different to the normal signs you see

  18. Love your porch! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's House we go link party!

  19. Love he signs and the bright flowers in the planter on your porch. .Have a lovely weekend

  20. Your dog is very handsome and you've done a marvellous job of making the front porch more inviting :-)

  21. Hello, sweet photo of your Peaches. I love the deck and your beautiful mum. The signs are cute, and a nice craft project. Thanks for linking and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thanks for the comment and visit.

  22. Your yellow mum is beautiful! Looks like a great place to relax! Hugs!

  23. What a busy person you are!!!!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!


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