We are getting old. So it stands to reason that many of the people who come to our house are getting old too.
Old people need to hang on to railings when they walk down steps. I know I do. I never know when my knee will buckle or my hip will spasm. I hang on.
Several years ago a friend suggested that we really needed to put a hand rail on our front walkway steps. We agreed. Then we didn't get to it.
We make lists. With a yard this big, and a big house too, there is always something that needs attention. As we get tasks done, we cross them off and eventually make new lists. The step rail kept getting carried over to the next list.
But not anymore!
Of course all of the reasons for why it kept getting put off manifested themselves in the process. What to use? We found railing kits at Home Depot, and decided on white to match the house trim. The screws were meant to go into wood decking. It took several consultations at two different stores, and several types of screw anchors to get something that would hold in concrete.
Tom's drill was not powerful enough when he hit a rock. He finally got the bright idea to borrow a powerful drill from the construction crew next door. It sure helps to have the right tools.
I checked in, but stayed away from all of the aggravating bumps along the way. Finally I was needed for the final assembly. There were a few more hitches, but Tom got the job done.
We crossed that one off the list, finally. I guess now it's time for a new list.