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Always Falling

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I never realized before owning acres of forest how consistently trees fall over. Something is always falling, whether we are around to hear it or not. Behind the barn sometime overnight an old dead snag gave up its vertical position to gravity.

I am glad it wasn’t any taller or there’d have been a dent in the barn roof.

This morning dawned soaking wet. Delilah had no interest in an extended walk before her breakfast and took every shortcut possible to show me her goal of getting back to the house after she had taken care of all her important business. I would have been happy to accommodate her, except we had some chickens also interested in a morning snack.

At least that gave Delilah a chance to take a pause inside the barn while I was opening the chicken door and throwing out some feed. She busies herself with futile attempts leaping toward the rafters in naive hope she might catch one of the pigeons roosting up high. I figure it’s good exercise for her.

Due to the rain, my deck project is halted just as I was beginning to get some momentum in removing screws and nails. I’ve decided to leave the boards in place after detaching them, giving something to [carefully!] walk on in place of just the joists. By flipping the boards over, it is easy to see which are no longer attached.

Step on at your own risk.

I also slid in one of the new boards to confirm the dimensions are what I was expecting. These are not what are considered deck boards by today’s standards. The person delivering the lumber called me with concern there might have been a mistake on the order, after Cyndie told him it was for our deck.

The deck was built long enough ago that they spaced the joists 24-inches on center and used 2×6 boards for the top surface. Now decks use 1-1/4-inch thick boards and require narrower joist spacing. The cheapest fix for our rotting boards was to replace them with treated boards in the original dimensions.

It’s like falling off a log, if you know what I mean.

And I know a lot about falling “logs.”



Written by johnwhays

September 29, 2019 at 10:07 am

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  1. Always falling reminds me of Churchill’s always failing: he said he went from one failure to the next. That said it is a question of perspective, because if you wind things back a little, you have success. Of course, ‘that’ will have its day and be surpassed in the course of things. Such is life. Otherwise, I think you are the best person to replace your deck. I imagine what great love and care you’d put into the process and the outcome – something that no money can buy. Like your dining table… an alter of divine shared memories.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    September 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

    • Yes, already, simply with the exercise of pulling screws from the old rotting boards, we are putting in more care than any hired help would have bothered to employ.
      I love that you recall the story of our table that has been in my family from before I was born.


      September 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

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