May was cooler than usual and I couldn't get any of the contractors to show up and work on my ongoing deck project. So why do they pick the hottest week of the summer-so-far to all show up and work -- and why do I have to keep dragging myself out there in the hottest part of the afternoon, in the sunniest part of the yard, to look at everything and answer questions?
I am drained, I tell you just drained.
But it is looking good:
The privacy wall on the north end of the deck, protecting us from the neighbor and people coming down the driveway. And another view of the same thing seen from across the deck:
Generally I think it looks great. But do you notice that the colors don't match? The deck is gray Correct Deck as specified in the contract. The contract "deck built according to plans". The contractor tells me they don't have to paint the wooden parts of the deck to match the gray deck material because the contract doesn't specifically say that it must be painted. He is right, the word "paint" does not occur. It never occurred to me that it needed to. I thought that if you are building a gray Correct Deck deck, you would make everything match (and this contractor came very highly recommended by many people).
There is a whole lot of painting to be done here.
What does this have to do with knitting? Nothing except that the exasperation factor is eating into my knitting time. And I would never promise someone a gray cashmere sweater and then knit the collar and button bands out of brown cotton while using the excuse "you said the sweater should be cashmere, you didn't say anything about the collar".
It probably isn't the same thing, but it sure looks that way to me. It certainly has been a learning experience.