Saturday, June 24, 2006

Exercises in Misery…Tarring and Staining

Thursday, my Dad and I worked on some tough projects around the house. First, we worked on tarring the driveway, filling in cracks, and getting tar everywhere. It took us about 2 hours, however, at the end we started to run out of sealer but were able to finish. As I mentioned, I got my hands all covered in tar so I had to dry and get it off using turpentine and heavy scrubbing. My hands felt raw and I stunk like chemicals.
Afterwards, my Dad and I enjoyed some lunch, ran some errands, and enjoyed a bike ride to the Coon Rapids Damn. My Dad cleaned my chain and did some work on my bike, and it ran a lot better. Hopefully we can get Kristen’s bike front wheel fixed in the next coming weeks as well.
Later in the evening, the three of us (my Dad, my Brother, and I) enjoyed a neat dish using chicken, peppers, and macaroni and cheese from a recipe my Dad found on the Kraft website that we’ll have to use again sometime in the future.
The last task of the evening was to attempt staining the deck. My Dad and I, earlier in the weekend, had acquired materials and stain to give the deck some TLC in the form of new lattice, new stain, and more storage space for things for the backyard. However, we worked on staining for about 2 hours on a segment, and when we were finished it still didn’t look like much. Covered in stain and once again reeking of chemicals, my Dad and I threw our hands up in the air and went inside defeated. We made some Sweet Martha’s cookies in the oven and watched some television.

Friday, Kristen and I spent the day together and went to the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul. This will be the topic of my next post.

Until next time,

Andrew

1 comment:

Kristen said...

The driveway looked very nice. Awesome job, hun!