Our very small backyard has had many makeovers in it's short life. When we first moved here, the previous owners had a section in the very back, with lush plants, and was very well maintained and clean, with a big beautiful tree right smack in the middle. Of course, we don't do high maintenance, so that section quickly got overgrown, and very messy...plus it was taking up a lot space my kids could use for playing. So we proceeded to clean it all out, and just put mulch in it's place...that was also short lived, I couldn't stand how bare and out of place it looked. After getting some sod put down, here is how it is looking now:
|You can spot the new sod in the back...it's finally green!|
|Yes, umbrellas are tilted...blame it on the crazy windy weather we always seem to have here in TX.|
|Adirondack chairs were given to me by a friend, and are currently under a makeover.|
I should be honest, these pictures were taken a few weeks ago, before it started to get hot, and before the plants required daily watering. If you saw them today, you would know how they don't nearly get the watering they so very much want ;) As it is, I had to remove a big fern I had under one of the hanging baskets, because it did not make it.
I decided since my backyard was starting to get in shape, that the little space of concrete we have needed a boost as well, so I decided to try a concrete stain:
I hated it!!! It looked horrible, and did not match the brick color at all. Since I had to motivate myslef to start this project, I had to take advantage that I still wanted a change, and dragged myself out to Lowes again....and here it is after the color I ended up choosing...for the second time:
|The dying fern is in the back ;)|
So much better now! The whole staining and drying time is so very quick, I think I may have to do this again in the future, such an easy project, with such a big impact.
So, I have a little confession to make. We have live in this house for almost 3 years, and up until about 10 months ago, I absolutely HATED IT!!! Can someone really hate their house? I know I did, but I have my reasons, the main one being I was not happy with the location (still not happy). If you saw where I live, you would think I'm crazy. This area is pretty new, with loads of shops and restaurants, excellent schools, family activities, and low (or no) crime whatsoever. But it has never felt like home. I don't know what it is about this area, that turns me off completely. I tell my husband how I wish I could just put wheels under our house, and move it. As you can tell, I'm still not wild for this location. Crazy, I know. So, I would really like to know, am I the only one who hates where they live? Or do I just need to get over my crazy dislike for this place? FYI..I have lived in some shady areas before, and even those areas felt more like home to me than where I live now.