All Hands on Deck

I’ve been working on the rail-road!

Well not really, but I don’t know any songs about working on the deck! Plus, now you get to have the rail road song in your head all day!

Mrs. Working Stiff and I have been slaving away on a project to refinish our back deck. It has been almost exactly five years since the last time so I guess we can’t complain too much.  The phase of scraping off all the loose junk is complete.  Let me tell you, if you can avoid doing that – avoid it!  It is knuckle-scraping, back-aching, sweat-breaking, sun-baking work.  Not to mention time-taking.  Hopefully though, the result of all this hard work will be breath-taking.

We have agreed that this is the last time we are going to re-do the deck ourselves. This will be the fifth or sixth time refinishing with one product or other, plus the total rebuild that I did in 2007.  This time will be the second coating with a tough, thick paint from Lowe’s called “Rescue It” or something close to that.  It is meant to fill in cracks and make a smooth and sealed surface.  I’ll post a picture when it is all done.


On a brighter note – lots of travel planned for this year! The big thing is that, after some ten years of saying “we need to get back there….” we are headed to Europe this summer!  We will be flying in to London for five nights in a flat there, and then the Eurostar (channel tunnel) train to Paris.  We have a flat in Paris for eight nights and then home from there. We have been to both cities in the past, both just for long weekends in swanky hotels. So the coming trip is long overdue.  It will be a Tale of Two Cities.

The London apartment is in central London, south of the Thames River, in the area called Southwark (pronounced like suth-uck). We will be a short walk from the river and The Globe Theater and a little longer walk to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

In Paris we will be in the area called The Latin Quarter, just a few blocks south of the Seine River and probably less than a ten-minute walk to the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

We are brushing up on our English and our French and looking forward to the trip very much! (Small joke in there somewhere.)  Please feel free to leave a comment with any recommended cafes, sights, shops, stuff to avoid – whatever.  We welcome any input.

Aside from that, we have a house rental on Block Island for a week in September. We will be getting together with family there for that week and are very much looking forward to it.  Then, we will be house and cat-sitting in Cape May for almost two weeks in October and are looking forward to that as well.

As I write this, we are planning next weekend in Cape May for both of us, and just me there for Mother’s Day weekend. For the third weekend in May we are planning a trip across the Mighty Delaware to tour the fascinating Grounds for Sculpture outside Trenton, followed by a night at the Princeton Westin.  We are looking forward to strolling and dining in the lovely and historic city of Princeton, which of course is famous for being the birthplace of none other than The Working Stiff!  Princeton is famous for something else, though I can’t remember right now what it is.  Hmmmmm.   Probably some old building or something like that.

Land-sakes – lots going on this year. Doubtless other things will come up here and there, and I shall write about them.

I hope this note finds you all well.


The Working Stiff

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