Here's the current doily-in-progress. I finished the part that's done in the round last night, and did one of the pineapple tips this morning. It looks pretty sorry right now, but as in knitted lace, blocking helps a lot. I'm not in love with this pattern, but it will be good to finally get this out of the work-in-progress pile. Ten and a half months is a long time to have a simple doily hanging about unfinished!!
As for the back deck, we now have less room than we used to! Shaun went off-island on Wednesday and came back with this:
We had a Christmas/housewarming Home Depot gift certificate from my mother-in-law, and we (Shaun) decided that it should go toward a grill. Shaun is thrilled. It has a big main grill, plus a side burner on the right, so he can really go to town with the grilling and cooking. Perhaps a bit of overkill for this family of three, but it's great for crowds. We had a party (with six kids under age four... wasn't that chaotic!) last night, and at one point had twelve burgers and eight hotdogs on this thing. Hey, anything that means I don't have to figure out what's for dinner or clean up the greasy splattered stove is a plus in my book!