Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blog break breakdown and a Fire pit facelift

Hey dandies it has been quite the while! i physically havent been doigg so well and physically signed the consent forms for back surgery where they will decompress and fuse me lowest two vertabrae. So I've been I'm so much pain that even writing wasn't sounding great to me. But the point of this blog is to take my mind off of how much it hurts and it'll be over soon. I've even had little angels of encouragement randomly along the way to set my heart and mind at ease.
I had a major procedure called a Discogram followed by a ct scan who h showed my back to be much worse so its time. The consequences of going without doesn't leave much of a future for activities or being a mommy one day without it so cut me up doc! Haha my doctor is the sweetest guy and a very brilliant man and comes with a long list of accomplishments over the last 35 years he's been a spine specialist/surgeon so I'm in good hands. On to happy and better things!! My husbands niece Kim came in from New York with her boyfriend and they are spending the week with us. It was one of the things that fueled our patio fix including a lot of beautiful flowers, patio set. An antique ladder as a planter, string lights, and its coming along just lovely. The yard isn't quite complete but stil, we have a bit to get there! 
 So when we moved into our beach bungalow we were left with a disgusting yard which should have been handles by our landlord who is quite a bit of a persnickety lady (think weeds up toyour knees  cobwebbed moldy hibiscus and a moldy banana tree all bug infested) and a very sad little fire pit. Seriously it looked like a zombie fire pit, as you shall see,It was completely charred and rusted over but what remained looked to be like one they have at Walmart. Our hope is to finish an outdoor bar and built a stone fire pit but with me stopping work soon, disability won't pay for that just yet. Gotta make sure we have a little nest for a bad month. So here was the progress! You can do this with your old BBQ too if you'd rather spend your $ on party stuff or food or yard decor.
*First you'll need Rustoleum's high head flat of semigloss restorative spray enamel. This puppy makes pretty and stands up to 1200 degrees of built up heat!

* then pull apart your fire pit or BBQ if you can and hose it down with good water pressure on your hose nozzle or bust out the old summer spritz with a finger partially over the hose head, and get that puppy well rinsed.
 Then use a metal grill brush to scrape off any excess "funk" that may be plaguing your pit. 

*Once it's dry you can paint! Shake the can well and keep it a good 6 inches from the surface. Try to spray in the same direction. I had to sit for this part so it took me a while but let that dry for 20 mins and spray one more coat, make sure you always keep the can moving to prevent streaks, blotches or paint running. Let dry. Then set it back together. Now it's voila and ready for logs and marshmallows!!! The can can be bought at The Home Depot for around $3/$4. Not bad for the zombie fire pit! 


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