Fixed the catwalk and stairs this morning.
The stairs are ugly but in good repair. I already knew the catwalk was held together with inertia and old memories, so it needed a complete rebuild. Since it was only to be half as big as before, I had plenty of material.
Then this afternoon I knocked together a side table out of parts left over. Not permanent but it’ll do while I’m working on “cute.” Cute is going to be a little time-consuming, but structurally the porch is done now. And I like it!
Ironically, though, this time of year it loses every vestige of shade right at the time when a guy is most likely to want to go outside and sit for a while. I’ve a feeling I’ll have a whole roof planned and maybe even parts collected by this time next year. But starting in July when the sun starts to dip a bit, the shadow will get a little longer and the porch will get a little better every day.