Fridays at Home: If you give a girl…

9th August 2013

If you give a girl a warped and cracking deck, she will eventually realize (or be told by a friend) that she needs help tearing it down.


If the girl admits she needs help and asks for it, several buff and selfless men* will jump to her aid.


If said men jump to her aid, the deck will come down quickly and with little difficulty. (And I promise the girl did work. There was a system. They used power tools; she carried the boards out.)



If the deck has been in place for years, it may just cover up some creepy crawlies – namely snakes and poison vines (seriously, it was like Sleeping Beauty under there).

If the girl were picky (which she is) and stubborn (which she also is), she may just insist the vine isn’t poisonous and that she can haul it all up to the street…in her arms. [Note: I am aware this isn’t a vine. The stupidity was not documented.]


All that to say, if a girl decides to rip down her deck, it may end up in a snake bite, two minor care visits and poison ivy, as well as rashes and blisters best hidden in long sleeves and pants in Texas. In August.


If you give a girl a warped and cracking deck…expect doom. ๐Ÿ˜‰


*I’m so grateful for these guys, and though I’m uncomfortable, I’m also grateful these things happened to me and not them.

  • Yikes! Yay for those lovely men, and I’m glad you are okay from the ivy and bites.

    • I am, thankfully. Just ready for the unsightly bits to go away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You’re funny! I’m sorry you had to deal with the bites and the ivy but I’m glad that you’re okay. Glad that you had these great guys helping!

    • Ha! On occasion. And yes, I have great friends.

  • Julie Merilatt

    You’re such a trooper!

  • Guest

    that was an awesome post ๐Ÿ™‚ Also glad you’re okay ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks so much! It was fun to write.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Great post!! Hope you’re feeling better soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! And I am. Just itchy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh no! You go girl, for tearing that deck out and taking on the nasty bits yourself, but…

    I sure hope you’re feeling better soon! Sheesh.

    • Thanks! It’s been…quite a week.

  • Andi

    I’m so glad you’re ok!

    • I am! Grateful for that, for sure.

  • Amy Shamroe

    I am so scared of snakes! So glad to hear you are doing better now!

    • I am! I just look ridiculous. (Vanity…)

      • Amy Shamroe

        But snakes! You survived an animal attack! Just make the story very creative when you tell it and you won’t look ridiculous, but heroic.

  • Insatiable Booksluts

    Oh my gosh! That kind of sounds like my nightmare, and also, I think I will never own a home with a deck because SNAAAAAKES ๐Ÿ˜

    Glad you’re relatively all in one piece, missy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks! It was quite the week.

  • But who’s going to put up the new deck? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It will be a patio instead…

  • And this is why I’m not a homeowner (well that and money ;).

    • I know. Ridiculous.

  • AshleyThe Bibliophile’s Cor

    Oh my gosh! I would be freaking out right now. I don’t do well with bugs….

  • Nishita

    oh my gosh, this sounds super scary. Glad you are all right now though. But how can you be so cool about it? i see a snake and I freak out

    • Thankfully I didn’t see it. Had I seen it, I’d likely have had a heart attack.

  • Ti Reed

    You were in the hospital but I see you took a book with you. LOL. You poor thing! The ivy I get and that is probably what is causing the most angst right now, but you got bitten by a snake too??

    • The sad/crazy/truly unbelievable thing is that on Saturday I went to the beach and got stung by a jellyfish. Yes, really. At that point, I just had to laugh…

      • Ti Reed

        Well, look at it this way, you got it ALL out of the way and now can enjoy the rest of the year. You poor thing! I’d laugh too though. I mean, what are the chances.

        • Ti – I’ve learned not to ask that question… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Charlie

    I was thinking the snakes would be scary but harmless, glad you’re alright! Scary that that was under your deck.

    • I know! So scary.

  • Kim Ukura

    Ahh! The snakes would have totally freaked me out… I’m not sure I could have gone near the deck again. I’m glad you’re ok though — scary situation!

    • Haha! I’m certainly not a fan. I’m just grateful I didn’t actually see it. I likely would have had a stroke!

  • Coffee & a BookChick

    Oh, no! I hope you’re feeling better! ๐Ÿ™

    • I am! My leg still looks all kinds of ugly, but it’s getting better.

  • Rory O’Connor

    I never have good luck with home renovation. If I had a deck to tear down, which I don’t, I’m sure it would go something like this.

    Who has all the home renovation luck? It wasn’t you (in the case above) and it’s certainly not me. I’m glad you’re on the mend.

    • Haha! No, I’ve never been particularly lucky. But I do enjoy home reno for the most part. Thanks!