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!
Winter has arrived. We had early snow Halloween weekend (3-4 inches) and about a week later we got another 3-4 inches on top of that, and cold weather. The snow melted (thank goodness!) but winter caught autumn unprepared - a surprise ambush!
The house is now decorated for Christmas season and I snuggle underneath a thick throw blanket on the sofa at night admiring the Christmas tree. It's cold enough now to fire up the fireplace, brrrrr!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed holiday season. May we all be jolly and bright and happy.