Don't tell anybody, but the inside of my house is a wreck right now.
We had three different groups of family and friends stay with us at different parts of the spring break week. One group stayed here twice on their way to and from their destination.
I washed a lot of sheets and towels last week.
But I wouldn't have missed all the visits for the world!
So now it is calm and quiet again. We are enjoying some beautiful March weather.
The housework can wait.
There will be plenty of inside time this July and August.
My heart is outdoors these days.
I'm back to enjoying my morning coffee in the backyard.
Of course, while out there, I've noticed so many things that needed attention after the winter months.
Spring makes me want to freshen everything up.
I decided to try machine washing the outdoor cushion covers (Sunbrella fabric). They were so dirty that I really had nothing to lose. They dried quickly outside. The hardest part was getting the inserts back in!
Then I treated myself to three new pillows from Pier 1. The one with the birds is not really intended for outdoor use. It is under a patio cover and sometimes you just have to live dangerously (if a certain pillow is just too adorable to leave at the store).
I am adding touches of this beautiful shade of blue any where I can.
The chaise lounge cushions are from At Home.
I can thank the squirrels for giving me an excuse to buy them. They made holes in the old ones and took out the stuffing.
I still need to spray paint the rusty metal parts of these chairs.
A few flowering pots give the patio an instant infusion of spring.
Yesterday, I spray painted the iron chairs that sit outside our front door. Amazing what a difference a can of Rust-Oleum makes!
We splurged and had the wrought iron fence painted because with all the sanding and priming, it was just too big a job for me. I did learn that there are disposable painter's mitts that work like a paint brush for covering the rails with a minimum of paint waste. Filing that idea for a future project.
I've been planting annuals to replace the Knock Out roses that we lost to disease last year. We won't
plant roses for the next few years, since they would probably catch the same virus. These colorful annual beauties are Verbena. I chose these plants because they will spread and give color all summer. Actually, I prefer these low flowers to the previous taller plants for this area.
The backyard feels more open.
A few days ago, my wonderful son put down sod in the area near the gate that took a beating when our roof was being replaced. Actually, he did it for our dog, who needed a green place to call his own.
The rest of our lawn is beginning to show some life, but this patch was a muddy mess.
What an improvement!
Now there are three trays of begonias calling me....
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