Hick does not live by shacks alone. Hick's Shackytown is smoldering on the back burner now. He's almost done with the railroad car shack, except for painting. But that's not a gleam in his eye anymore. He's graduated to more expensive projects now that he's decided he's going to fully retire. I'm pretty sure that's his goal. Minimum money in, and maximum money out.
Because we (and by WE, I mean Hick, and last year a couple of times, The Pony) use Poolio for refreshing recreation so often during the two months that he's got warm enough and clean enough water...Hick decided that we HAD TO HAVE a new pool deck. Okay. So the old one WAS rotting through on a couple of boards. But since I never get on the deck, I don't see the urgency.
Anyhoo...one thing I'll admit about Hick: he's a pretty good amateur carpenter.
First, he had to tear out the old deck and start laying boards for the new one. Which he made bigger. And added steps down from the porch, instead of up from the yard.
That's a view taken from the back porch, off the laundry room and kitchen area.
As you can see, dark of night did not stop Hick's progress.
Hick's deck wasn't built in a day...but all of this part was. The rail and boards.
Then the floods came, and about the only thing that was accomplished for a week was getting enough rain pumped off of Poolio to remove his cover. Look away! He's hideous!
Hick finished this part in one day, too. The rest of the deck boards, and the steps.
In this photo, the sun was setting, and the rail was yet to come. Which is tomorrow's story!