Monday, June 4, 2012
I need a weekend from my weekend!
Holy hell what a weekend! We have spent the past full week trying to get our lanai in order. It was installed about 15 years ago and it looked it. Many of the stones had the top layer off so that slate-esque appearance they used to have looked like asphalt chunks. I wanted to stain it to see if we could get a few more years out of it. The Mr did a lot of leveling, cleaning and such it looked like this before we started.
Then we put on the first coat. It looked okay but I did the one in the top right corner with 2 coats and the Mr said "ooh, that one looks good!" and I said it was because it had 2 coats. He groaned because he knew that meant another trip to HD and more painting in the 90+ degree heat.
But it was worth it. It looked 100x better and it even brought back the texture of the slate stamp on top which we thought was lost.
The rest of the week I spent painting the backside of the fence and putting sand in the cracks of the stones and such to get it ready to roll. We were having my cousin over for a healthy dinner and to give him some stuff for losing weight and I wanted the patio all together before he got here. Friday night we had a date at the theater but got up early Saturday and I painted the fence, we got some blocks for around the perimeter of the fence to keep the feral cats from making a home on our lanai. (WHY do people feed these things and encourage them to come back. I know they're cute but we're on like 5th generation of wild kitties here) We got everything up and our oasis was finished.
The view of my herb container garden. I planted dill, cilantro, sweet basil, orange thyme, rosemary, chocolate mint and garlic chives.
My cousin has lost over 50 lbs and for his achievement, we got him a shirt in Maui and I planted him a small herb garden with 4 basil plants so he could make pesto, thyme and rosemary. He loved it. I showed him how to use some of them with his meal prep. I think it'll help pep up his food and he'll expand it if he likes cooking with them. I'm excited for him. He LOVED dinner and dessert and got so excited to go shopping at Trader Joe's the next day after we had him taste tested all kinds of stuff in our fridge and pantry. Flying spoons everywhere..."here try this!...now this!" So cute. I know...nerdy but he's the only other person in the family really working to lose weight so it's nice to have him step out of his culinary box and realize eating healthy can be delicious.
The next day we went to a festival and walked around the city for a few hours then did a ton of grocery shopping and by the time we got home, we were spent. My new to me pick was this Santa Claus melon...
It's about 12" long and 6" around. It looks like this inside:
I tasted it and it was like a cross between watermelon and honeydew so the Mr balled it up for me for the week. The house is chalk full of fruits and veggies and ready for some good eatin'. I was a pooped pup.
What did you do this weekend?
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