In order for Mr. Sugarplum and me to take a vacation alone, we rely on my in-laws and parents to watch the kids. And with school in session, it means they stay at our house. Have you ever had your in-laws stay at your house when you’re not there? Sleeping in your bed and using your bathroom? It makes you look at things a little more closely!
So we spent the weekend
hiding stuff cleaning like maniacs, and getting the backyard ready for visitors. Everything already looks better thanks to our new fence!
It’s hard to believe one day we had a dilapidated fence, and a few days later a solid cedar beauty stood in it’s place! The difference it’s made in the appearance of the backyard is substantial. It’s nice to know our pool isn’t going to come spilling out into the alley, either.
I think we’ll have them add a piece of trim around the top, just to give it a more finished look. We don’t have any plans to stain it anytime soon, as the cedar is a beautiful wood, and naturally repellent.
While we wait for the perennials to come in, the pots are now full of extremely heat-tolerant annuals. I can’t wait for them to take root and fill out. Our backyard is all pool and patio, so the pots provide nice splashes of color.
Mr. Sugarplum braved the pool shed and brought out the patio furniture. A few hanging ferns and the dining area already looks better!
(You savvy sleuths will notice the paint swatch on the arbor. Yes, I thought about painting it blue for a minute.)
If you’re in the Dallas area and need fence work, I highly recommend Fence Me In. They are good, honest people and hard workers. (I’m not getting any perks or kickbacks for saying this, I just like giving referrals based on jobs well done!)
And, with Easter just five days away, here’s an update on the bunny family living in our flower pot.
Look who opened their eyes!! They still fit in the palm of our hands, but we’re already sad about the day they leave the nest. We hope they get so used to us they decide to just hang out in our spruced up backyard. There is still a lot of work to do back there, but at least it’s ‘In-Law Ready.’