I spent almost all day on the deck, boxing up the remains and cleaning as I went. It was a gorgeous day after the early morning chill was gone. When I got up around 7:00 it was just 38 degrees. Don't know how low it was overnight, but I brought all the plants in yesterday. Good thing! I'm so glad I got so much accomplished. It will be excellent to tote it all away.
Ali scared the pee-waddlin' out of me again today. He did his Houdini act on me one more time! This time he was MIA for over two hours. I had stomped through the woods, walked up all the roads, driven up the roads farther than I could walk. I came back home and waited since he usually shows up after 30 minutes or so. But he didn't show up. Finally, I decided that he was really, really gone, and I came inside to make a flier to post all around the neighborhood. I found some pictures that show his face really well, and his coloring and stance. I was bawling my head off, and when I pushed print, I went outside to do more on the deck to occupy my mind, and there he was!!
Well, I decided that enough is enough. He was somehow escaping through one end of the deck, but I didn't know how. I had bought some chicken wire a while back to put around the deck, mostly so their toys wouldn't fall out. One end of the deck is just a foot or so above the ground, but the other is a drop of 12-15 feet, and I was afraid that (1) I would be forever tromping down the stairs to get toys, or (2) that one of them might slip through the uprights and fall. shudder.
Anyway, I decided that enough is enough. I got the wire out and began putting it around the end of the deck where I know he is getting out. With the power stapler I attached the wire to the posts, and guess what I found? Three of the upright posts were loose, enabling him to slide right through them!! I pulled the loose nails and put in four inch screws! That'll hold him! Then I finished the chicken wire around the end of the deck, secured the gate, and I don't think I will have more problems. Whew.
I need to get more of the long screws to secure the rest of the deck. I found several other nails that were loose, and there is no sense in putting more of the same. Screws will be far better. I'm just happy to be able to get to these things now! They've been covered up with boxes for so long that ... who knew?!?!
And now, I'm tired as stink. I'm going to eat a bite, shower and go to bed. Even this tired I know ...
... Life is beautiful!!!