Monday, October 24, 2011

Before and After


Monday Musings on This ‘N That

Many years ago we built a two-leveled deck on the back of our house. The wood used for the project was “treated” wood. However, we didn’t waterproof the finished deck. Years of Southern sun, rain, and even a little snow have taken their toll on the deck.

Our son is using a pressure washer to blast the ugliness off our deck. It appears it will be at least a two-week project. But I wanted to share some pictures with you as the project has progressed. He moved everything (of which some were also pretty ugly; maybe time for new outdoor furniture?) off the upper level down to the lower level before he started on the upper level. Below are “before” and “after” photos. I hope you can see the stark difference of improvement of the wood.

BEFORE

AFTER - SEE DIFFERENCE OF THE FLOOR (washed) AND THIS SIDE OF POSTS (not)
AFTER - NOTE DIFFERENCE IN TOP RAILING (not washed) AND LOWER STRIP OF WOOD (washed)

 Many places, not only did the pressure washer remove the discolored surface of the wood, but raised splinters from beneath the outside layer of the wood, which will require sanding for our comfortable use. After all that I hope we will waterproof this time.

This reminds me of how we may look to God. But when we turn our lives over to Him He will remove all the goop and splinters and show how we really look on the inside. If we leave our religion  in the church house on Sunday and don’t live it the rest of the week, we need to let God do some pressure washing on us. Didn’t  mean to do a sermon when I started this blog post but the analogy was so apparent, I couldn’t resist. So, happy pressure washing.


“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
 - Laura Ingalls Wilder


Till next time …keep on smiling.

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