When we bought this house in 1991 it had a couple features that I thought were desirable – a real fireplace, a half bath close to the kitchen, Venetian blinds that were INSIDE the glass of the sliding door, an inground gas grill, and most importantly a bonafide patio! One of the first purchases we made was a picnic table for the patio. We held get togethers and birthday parties that revolved around that picnic table. We grilled out and ate on the patio during spring, summer, and fall until the weather no longer cooperated.
Over time things wore out and had to be replaced. The inground grill became obsolete and we couldn’t get replacement parts. It was eventually scrapped. The fireplace was a total disaster (which resulted in Sparky using a snow shovel to fling a burning log into the snow as the house filled with smoke). It is entirely for show and hasn’t been used since the second disaster, a replay of the first (see above). Which brings me to the patio.
The picnic table takes up most of the space on the patio. It is a massive table easily seating 8 adults. It is made of solid wood and weighs a ton (not literally). The last time it was off the patio was when the across the street neighbor wanted to borrow it for a big party 20 yrs ago. It took 4 adult men in their prime to lift and carry it to their backyard. Every other year Sparky would apply a coat of Thompson’s Water-seal. It has been over 10 years now since its last treatment. It is still solid and holding up well(drat). When we had children at home it was great to eat outside – less mess and easier clean up… We haven’t eaten out there in a very long time. I keep thinking that one of these days the table will rot and fall apart. After 29 years that hasn’t happened. Perhaps this coming spring I’ll advertise and find it a new home – if Sparky will let me….