The Retreat in Progress

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Cleaning - The Dirty Deck

I finally got up the motivation to start the inevitable spring cleaning around the yard.  I don't like the maintenance, it is not fun, but it is necessary.

I started with cleaning the deck a couple of weeks ago with a pressure washer.  I soon found out that a pressure washer alone was not going to do the trick.  I went to Lowes and bought deck cleaner, sprayed it on, waited 10 minutes, and the dirt and grime came off much easier.

Below are before and after pictures and the deck cleaner I used.

 Before deck cleaner. You can see where I pressure washed it and it just left streaks in the dirt.

 After deck cleaner and pressure washing.


Good stuff!  Made my job much easier.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fredericksburg Wildflowers

My mother, sister, and I treated ourselves for Mother's Day and spent the weekend in Fredericksburg.  We had plenty of good food and drink and walked all over town shopping for things we didn't need.  We took some time out from spending money and took a short drive to Willow City and drove the Willow City Loop. 

The Loop was pretty, but apparently we were too late to see the abundance of wildflowers that were present a few weeks prior.  It was also quite difficult to take pictures while on the Loop as it is a very narrow, winding road with signs constantly reminding the driver not to stop on the road.  However, we were able to stop along highway 16 and took some photos of the remaining wildflowers along the roadside, which was mostly Indian Blanket and few random Wine Cups.

Field of Indian Blanket

I like the yellow and red combination along with the funky looking cactus.

Wine Cup

Indian Blanket

Back to Fredericksburg for food, drink, and shopping.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For Butterfly Lovers

This post is for butterfly lovers.  Photos from Key West's Butterfly Conservatory.

I hope you enjoy them.  I threw in a photo of a bird in the beginning and a moth at the end for a little diversity.