Just in case you've not seen a beef shank before, that's what it looks like. At least a slice of one. The bone cross section is the femur, the rest is just a study in anatomy. And as Alton Brown is wont to say, that leg is Good Eats!
Below is the first day's progress on the painting of the deck. Unfortunately the week ahead has a lot of rain forecast. When the second half of the painting will occur is hard to predict. Only the weatherman knows for sure. Ha! And eventually I'll have to put on a second coat. Maybe 2 weekends from now.