Perfect Moment Monday: Full deck

July 29, 2012

in Love, Perfect Moment

Our backyard haven had been missing or unusable for much of the summer. The back deck, small and decrepit, had been scraped and rebuilt over the course of the previous five weeks.

In addition, Roger had been gone nearly a month for work.

But everything shifted back into place recently as we christened our new-and-improved deck together. I’d been sitting that Saturday afternoon with a good book and my MellowFaves playlist serenading me softly on our outdoor speakers. We’d just had a brief summer rain and the temperature was a comfortable 75°. 

Roger finally arrived home and the kids and I greeted him enthusiastically. Roger handed me a a bottle of wine made by some friends from grapes grown in their backyard and I served it up in twin goblets. After crawling all over him for a bit, the kids returned to their play on the lawn, and Roger and I were left to catch up over all the small and large things that had passed since we last had a good chunk of time to spend together. It was divinely relaxing, so sweet to know that all was in place again.

This was our background noise:

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Nothing  incredible or spectacular — just 16 seconds of normal life made perfect simply by the fact that I noticed it.


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Io July 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I just made an actual “ooooo” sound at that picture. Love the deck railing!


a July 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I agree with Io – that is some nice deck rail! That does sound like a perfect moment…


Kathy July 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Sounds lovely Lori! The deck is beautiful and from your description I feel like I can picture your perfect moments with Roger, the kids, the wine and your awesome new deck!


Mud Hut Mama July 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

Your deck looks beautiful. I love the way you describe your perfect moment and that you pause to notice it.


luna July 30, 2012 at 12:38 am



Suzy July 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

I love moments like that. It’s so nice when you can stop and be in a moment together.

So glad you were able to do that.

PS: The new deck looks amazing.


Justine July 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

wow … that’s service! Thanks for adding me to the linky! :)


Rebecca Hawkes July 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Sounds like a perfectly lovely 16 seconds! :-)


Robin Phillips July 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I love this! Your own perfect corner of the world. For all your small and large things.


Jjiraffe July 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I love your railing. Gorgeous!

Can’t wait to meet you :)


Elizabeth July 31, 2012 at 6:13 am

I love the multiple meanings in your post title. Those catching up times are invaluable – a month is a long time!


Esperanza July 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

I love this moment and I love that you took the time to revel in it. I hope you have more fabulous moments on your deck, with your family.


gretchen from lifenut July 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I really like that you recorded a snippet of summer sounds from 2012. Before you know it, those voices will be a little deeper and you will very much appreciate this great reminder of life when they were little, that day on your new deck.


Emily @ablanket2keep July 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

Very pretty deck. The sounds remind me of fun summer days with my cousins when I was little. Can’t wait to have perfect moments like this in my back yard.


Gina @ Special Happens July 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is recognize those perfect moments… but when we do, we need to hold on to them for a long, long time… which is both inspirational and sad. Glad you got that moment!


jenny - sugar loco July 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I just hope that by “Christened” you mean you broke a bottle of champagne over the bow…not knocked boots.

Regardless, lovely moment. A new deck to lounge on is fantastic. I’ll bring the mojitos!


kia August 1, 2012 at 5:25 am

What a lovely moment of simplicity. Thank you for sharing. Namaste.


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