I have to tell you, I’m in a state of disbelief and mourning, and not just for the robin family.
We installed a gazebo over the Memorial Day weekend. I love this thing – it’s a very large 10’x12′ double canopy that will shade the deck perfectly in the early afternoon. Up until now, we had to avoid the deck at lunchtime, as the boards get so hot in the sun. I love eating out in the summer, and this gazebo has a mosquito net that will keep the bees and flies at bay. I got one with sturdy legs so that it wouldn’t get whipped around in storms. We built it on the deck and secured it with bungee cords, with the intention of securing it permanently once we decided the location was right.
Well, Sunday afternoon as I was finishing up a weekend filled with weeding, I looked up to realize that black clouds were rolling in. I quickly put away all my weeding tools and headed inside. I moved the cars to the back just in time to get in from the impending storm. As I walked inside, the wind started. And it got pretty fierce. And it lifted my gazebo like a child’s umbrella, over the side rails of the deck and into the yard below. Thank goodness we had it secured with bungee cords. One set held, and the gazebo just missed crushing the side of our new pool. It landed with legs in the air, and just missed smashing my car. I have no idea how we were able to avoid real tragedy, but I have to believe my angels were watching over.
Shortly after the storm passed, my kids ran outside to see the most spectacular double rainbow!
We snapped a few pictures, but they truly don’t do justice to the intense colors – I have never seen such vivid colors in rainbow. There appeared to be more colors below the purple – simply glorious!
So I’m back to wondering how I’m ever going to get the nerve to reinstall the gazebo, if I even should. I’m investigating ways to secure it to the deck boards. I’m probably going to have to drill holes through the floorboards and secure it from below.