It was supposed to (and it did) rain and storm all weekend. Which is why I’m glad that on Friday, Jim and I took Leo for a long walk in the sunny, but cold weather to enjoy the colors of fall.
All of us had a great time…
When we got back home, it was time to take down the Tiki Lounge. I’ve been packing up the cushions, tiki masks and other odds and ends, but we still needed to take the porch screens down and put the outdoor couch in the garage ceiling.
Taking down the porch is easy — all around the porch, the screens are hooked on to the main posts with clips. All we had to do was unclip the clips, pop the screens out and put them in the garage.
Here’s what it looks like with the end screens missing…
…and here it is with the fence in place and all the screens out.
On one side, the fence bolts into the garage wall (we screw nuts on the bolt that sticks through to the inside of the garage which holds it in place).
On the other side, the fence connects to the rest of the chain link fence that surrounds the back yard.
This way, when the porch is down, Leo can’t escape the yard.
With the porch screens down, this side of the house looks very green — since I painted the Tiki Lounge last spring. I wonder how vibrant the green will look in the winter with snow all around it.
With the porch screens down and fence up, the next task was getting all of these pieces of our outdoor sectional up into the garage ceiling. It took us a while to figure out how to get the two new pieces up there, but just before dark we finished up our outdoor chores.
The last item on the agenda was bringing in the plants. Luckily, that hairpin leg table my Mom brought me over the summer fits perfectly by the front door and holds two of the plants that spent the summer on the front porch.
Hopefully — since it rained all weekend — the week will be nice. Then maybe I can finally get some raking done and of course a few other last minute chores before the cold and wintry weather sets in. Why does fall always seem so short?