I have been irritated with our backyard and pool area forever. Although we need updating and remodeling inside the house, I have been stuck on making the backyard a prettier and more inviting place since the kids spend so much time here in the summer. I finally called to get our decking replaced months ago; a guy came out and gave us a reasonable estimate, and then told us it would be 7-9 weeks before they could start. So much for having it done for this summer but at least it will be nice next year, right? As with most things that I undertake, the decking did not turn out exactly as I had imagined, but it is still much better than the broken, chipped concrete we had before. A few months ago we bought a dining table and chairs so people could eat by the pool without holding their food on their laps or setting it on the end tables in the seating area. Yesterday we put all the furniture and plants back on the deck and I am pretty happy with the way it looks. Of course my creative cropping is keeping out the horrible bamboo on the side, which still needs dealing with. I tried to find a landscaper to help us “reimagine” the backyard but no luck so far. Everyone is booked up these days! BUT I will be happy and thankful for this new and improved spot. Oh yeah, I still have some cute lights to hang on the fence. 🙂
It’s not QUITE so hot these days, though I did work up a sweat putting in my two miles this morning.