Twenty-five years ago, Tom and my Dad built a little deck on our house (which was interrupted by an emergency bathroom re-do . . . but that's a story for another day) -- just in time to celebrate Erin's 2nd birthday with an outdoor party on the deck.
I was thrilled with the deck -- my first! I bought a metal patio set - with an umbrella - for $79.99 at Target.
That patio set has seen us through twenty-five summers -- a couple of decks, a patio, countless meals, happy gatherings, and many, many replacement umbrellas (including the one that caught fire a couple of years ago).
Every spring, we drag it out.
Every spring, I cringe at it's deteriorating condition.
But, hey! Functional. (Although more faded and shabby each year.)
This year, I suggested painting it. Tom jumped at the idea. (Because you know. Let's make it last another 25 years.)
Several cans of Rustoleum later . . .
We have a "brand new," 25-year-old patio set!*
*Today, we also have a 27-year-old daughter! Happy birthday, Erin!
(Also . . . See those shorts that Tom is wearing in the photo up there? Yeah. Those are the shorts I was talking about in my post on Monday. I think the shorts are at least 20 years old. No duct tape yet -- but maybe soon.)