This deck is about a quarter mile from our house and has no electricity down here, so I had to find battery-operated lights. I found some at Walmart before Christmas. These are LED lights that run on 3 C batteries per strand. I ran four strands over the deck.
I used flameless lights for the chandelier and the railing. The reason I chose the flameless candles is so that I could turn on the lights before-hand, and leave them unsupervised without fear of starting a fire. Then the lights were already lit when we walked down to the creek.
I took a several of these shots before I invited my family down to the creek.
When I was taking these pictures, I was walking around the woods looking at the deck and not down at my feet. That was not very smart considering there is some old barbed wire fencing down there that has the top wires missing. So, I tripped over the wire, ripped my new pants and gouged my shin… what I do for my family and my blog friends!! The next day, I took my bolt cutters down to the woods, and took the barbed wire to task. I took down a long section of fence so that I or anyone else out there won’t trip on it any more. Well, actually I threw it all into a pile that I have since handed over to Mr. CH to deal with. While I was taking down the barbed wire, we had a guest visiting. I was unaware how enticing the chore sounded, since the guest asked if he could cut some of the barbed wire. “Sure!” I said, handing him my bolt cutters. I have to admit I felt a little like Tom Sawyer who tricked some boys into whitewashing a fence for him, only I didn’t do it on purpose. Sadly, he had his “fix” of barbed wire removal in a few minutes, and handed the bolt cutters back to me. (I love city guests!!)
I am pretty excited about the possibilites of using this deck in warmer weather. Can you imagine it set up for a Summer dinner party? I just bought some Chinese paper lanterns today, and can’t wait to see them hanging up out here.
It was really cold, but with the blankets and warm mochas, it was a perfect evening.
When we finished our mochas we headed back to the house, getting chilled in the night air.
As we walked in the warm house, it felt so heavenly. I was glad to be inside, since the mochas had worn off and I was getting pretty cold. As we put away our coats and the blankets, our teenager reminded us that we had promised to play the new games she got for Christmas. In the city, my teenager is too busy to play games, but at the ranch with no cable, wifi, or phone, games are a welcome diversion. So we played the new games we got… ALL OF THEM. Yes our teenager forced us to play all three new games. It was fun, but I was exhausted when we finished.
A few weeks before, our friends, Sheila, Nate, Eli, Gabe, and Sam came for a visit. While it was too cold to eat dinner on the porch, after an indoor dinner, we did light a fire in the firepit, where we enjoyed wassail and s’mores, while Nate, Eli and our musical daughter played their guitars and sang. How wonderful that the burn ban was lifted in time for this visit. We gave the fire-making chores to the guys since they are boy scouts, and I must say they did an excellent job. We really enjoyed the visit, since they are lots of fun, and because I love to share the ranch with our friends. So even if you haven’t been for a visit in person, I hope you enjoy this virtual ranch visit as much as I enjoyed having you here. So glad you came.