Still alive, still here. I have much to catch up on here and I will. Just wanted to let you know that I purchased a "Shezebo" to anchor a chunk of my ginormous blob of concrete in the backyard.
I was inspired to call my gazebo a Shezebo because it will be my private get-away that will keep me safe from bugs (I'm one of those people with bug magnet DNA, sigh), and I think the FYE Network show "She Shed/He Shed" is so darn cute! Lots of inspiration there for design ideas.
It should be delivered shortly after 4th of July. Here's a photo, it's a 10x10. For aesthetic/size reasons (in relation to size of house and size of yard), I didn't want to go with anything larger. It will (as you can see from the sale image below) hold seating for 4 comfortably or a nice dining table.
It comes with mosquito screening and a second "rod" for privacy curtains -- but if I want to install them at some future point I will have to buy an extra "kit" of some kind of drapery hardware that goes on the rod during construction, because once the Shezebo is put together, there is no way to detach the rod to add a drapery. Not sure I want to go that route. I may just go with magnetic rods or velcro tape to hang future curtains.
I purchased it from Wayfair. It is Sojag's "Dakota" steel roof/aluminum body gazebo, something strong and sturdy to stand up to the winters in SE Wisconsin. It is a permanent structure that will be anchored to my concrete patio. I won't have to be messing with hiring somebody to put up and take down any covering(s) on a gazebo that is not a "hard top" every season. I can't do it myself, nor would I want to even if I could!
Stay tuned. I STILL want to show you what I did in my living room, and then what I did in Mom's kitchen - lots has happened. I hope some sanity, peace and quiet (which I expected to have once I was retired, geez) will return to my life!
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan