Dec 012023

Scott and Alan Banks, the father and son team that run Banks Construction, were back yesterday morning to finish the new flat deck we had installed off our bedroom to accommodate a hot tub.

They got so much done the day before that there really wasn’t all that much left. It didn’t take long for them to lay the last of the deck boards down and secure them with long screws. Alan said they use screws instead of nails because they hold things more securely.

The last board had to be notched on either end to fit on around the upright 4×4 that is holding the pergola over where the hot tub will be placed.

Then Scott got up on a ladder and trimmed the ends of the pergola boards.

Now all that’s left is to have the wiring run for the hot tub and then to get it delivered and installed. The deck will need to be stained, but the wood has to sit and cure for a while first. Meanwhile, we will put the tub down because the area where it’s sitting will be protected anyway, and we will mask everything before we stain.

As we were checking out the new deck, I noticed a knot in the wood that looks just like a dragonfly to me. In many cultures, the dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings, hope, change, and love. I’ll take it.

With that done, they did us a couple of big favors. The first was Scott checking out my Stihl chainsaw to figure out why it was jammed. There seemed to be a problem with the adjuster for the chain that he was able to set properly, then he put a new chain on it and it was good to go.

Besides that, they loaded my treadmill, which has been sitting in the garage since we moved here in January, onto the back of their utility trailer, then brought it around the house to the new back deck and moved it inside our bedroom. That was not as easy as it sounds, because first Terry and Alan had to take off both the sliding door and the screen door to make room for it to fit. Even then there wasn’t a lot of room, but they got it done. Thanks Scott and Alan, we really appreciate you guys and all of your hard work.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Legend says that when you can’t sleep, it’s because you’re awake in someone’s dream. So if everyone could stop dreaming about me, that would be great.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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