Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Celebration ~

You might be wondering why I am standing here with a bottle of champagne.

I am celebrating!!!

After quite a bit of time and an enormous amount of effort I finally finished building this arbor. It is an exact duplicate of the previous one, built by my father, that was here before. 

That one was destroyed by a storm and since all of the arbors in the garden match the only way to replace it was to build one. I thought that I could do it...but it was a challenge.  The most difficult part was cutting all of the angled pieces in the top, or bonnet. I am fortunate to have a compound miter saw. Once that was done I knew I could get it finished.

It is made out of redwood and will eventually fade to a silver color. There is a Climbing Aloha rose planted next to it that was pruned back severely when the arbor was cemented in, by next year it should be covering the top again.

All the while I was working on this I thought of both my father and husband looking down at me and thinking, what on earth is she doing! But then smiling and being very, very proud knowing I could get it done all along.

So this is a toast to both of them and all that they taught me.

à votre santé Daddy and Raleigh...I did it!

I would also like to thank two other people who loaned me tools and gave me the benefit of their expertise on this project, my son-in-law Ward and my friend Larry.

Thank you for visiting, have a great day.


  1. You are amazing. I'm certain Raleigh & your dad were dancing with excitement that you were tackling such a difficult project. You deserve a couple of glasses of champagne. Congrats!

    1. ...maybe even more than a couple, I just might finish the whole bottle. LOL

  2. Cheers Adrienne!
    You are an amazing woman of many talents...and you look fabulous!

  3. Salute! You did an amazing really professional job. kudos to you!

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  5. I think you are Super Women!
    Smiles, Dottie

  6. You are amazing!!!!!!! What a hard-working, talented girl you are Adrienne! You should be celebrating my dear---this IS a wonderful accomplishment! I bet you're a doll in a toolbelt :)))
    hugs from here...

  7. Hello Adrienne:

    What an amazing achievement. This is most certainly a very good reason for celebration and you should, deservedly, feel most proud. Congratulations.

  8. I'm completely amazed. What a wonderful accomplishment. I'm sure they are both smiling down on you and celebrating right with you. Well done!

  9. Hi Adrienne! Oh, you are most talented and the arbor is just gorgeous! Now you look beautiful standing there and you should have a crown on your head and a robe, mos tfancy one! I wanted you to know, I have posted about your oatmeal cookies that I made. Thank you for the recipe and it will go into my 'keeper' recipe collection. You can read about it here:
    Be a sweetie,

  10. Well done - it looks fabulous! Enjoy your champagne.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  11. You should celebrate. It turned out beautifully. I am a little jealous of that warm sunshine although we were pretty nice here yesterday.
    BTW I see that your photos from your blog have been stolen and put on a
    website with no links back to you. I did a blog post on this. Email them
    and they will take them off but I am sure we have to check back often.
    They are
    I am contacting all the bloggers that I follow whose photos show up there.
    Lori E

  12. You did a great job! You deserve to celebrate! I'm not sure I would have tried to build an arbor but I'm glad you shared yours with us.

  13. After we had built our fence I can acknowledge your work even more! Your arbor is beautiful, Adrienne, and I love that you also used redwood - it is such beautiful wood, and we are so blessed to have it here. A miter saw is such a great tool, isn't it? I sure love ours and all the wonderful cuts it can make.

  14. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! I know that charge you must have felt as you did something your father and husband would bless!

  15. What a beautiful job, Adrienne. You are so talented and what an accomplishment. I know I could not have done that. It looks beautiful and your two guys are very proud of you. You look so pretty under the arbor. You should be proud of yourself and certainly deserve a bit of bubbly..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  16. Wow, that does call for a celebration! I'm very impressed with your abilities. The arbor is beautiful!!
    Mary Alice

  17. Congratulations Adrienne! It is so nice, you are very clever! I love it and it looks very nice in your garden.


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