Of House and Home: Our Outdoor Oasis

Once Old Man Winter decided to give up his throne, our lives became a never ending cycle of yard work every single weekend we’ve been in town.

In April we tore up the front yard and made a bed with ground covers, a potted hydrangea, lavender and rosemary. We also put in a trellis with a clematis vine to hide our trash cans. It was a lot of work, but we rewarded ourselves nicely afterward.

We did other work in the backyard while our moms were in town, but some of the hanging plants have since died (it wasn’t me, it was them) so this weekend we replaced them and I also planted a little garden. I am starting with red bell pepper, jalapeno, okra and eggplant. Wish the little guys better luck than most of my herbs, which have since been replaced by succulents. Most of them died while we were on our Europe trip. (Cause of death: flooding. And I thought they would die from too little water.)

pre-flood herbs

pre-flood herbs

Dave has been talking about a grill for months, and last weekend his dreams came true. We picked one out and he spent Sunday putting it together so we could enjoy the fruits of his labor that evening – and a few times since. This weekend we put the sprinkles on top of his “outdoor oasis” sundae and got new patio furniture too!

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Dave with his new grill! #mcm #latergram

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the new lounge furniture – you can see my little garden in the top left!


looking toward the fire pit and old furniture out into the yard

After putting it together I made a run to Lowe’s for a leaf blower. It is my new favorite possession. My life is now complete. It saves so much time and energy when trying to clear off the patio, and does a better job than either of us with the push broom. It also is a vacuum, which means we can clear out the leaves and debris that fall down to the area outside the basement entrance. That stuff was building up, which resulted in a clogged drain anytime it rained – even a little bit – leading to a flooded basement on a couple of occasions! That’s another story for another day though. For now I am looking forward to morning coffee and evening wine in our new outdoor oasis!

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Rise and shine! #DoubleNoFilter

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Hope y’all had a great June – here comes July! (Woah.)

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