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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A little backyard excitement

After all the power washing and scrubbing, the deck finally got a nice new wardrobe. A new coat of sealant.

I just love looking at dirty rags.


Really.

Okay, not really.

I should mention the sealant was...

oil based.

And that the rags were left in the direct sunlight.

And did I mention that it's still been over 100 degrees 'round these parts?


A combination that can lead to some excitement in the back yard for sure.

Joe was just getting ready to put the oily rags back into the can and fill it with water, but...

...he was a bit too late.


(Kids watching Dad from inside the house.)


Actually, the entertainment part started when Joe noticed the rags were smoking. We all kept a close eye on them after that.

If you know Joe, you KNOW he would have never left those rags unsupervised. It is just so against his nature.


It ended up making for a really cool science experiment. Well, not a planned experiment, but it does have a good scientific lesson.

And I'm just wondering if Joe didn't secretly really want those rags to burst into flames...so they wouldn't have to be washed.

Less work for me, an exciting science lesson for the kids.
We're all good here!


And the deck sure looks nice too... =)

4 comments:

BrasherGirl said...

Oh, my! Now that's one science experiment they would never allow in school!

P.S. Your deck looks very nice. I'm sure it's wonderful having a covered area when the weather is so hot!

mrs boo radley said...

Whoa! Wow! Nice fire. Nicer deck! Nice aerial earlier too.

Kristin said...

Whoa! Where's Smokey the Bear when you need him?!? Good for you that you don't have as much laundry now. And great deck!

Twisted Cinderella said...

Wow good lesson for the kids that will really leave an impression!

The deck looks great!