I made a quick trip to Galveston last week to meet with my professional organization. Its hard to believe that we're already starting to plan for NEXT year's conference! It was a great meeting and I enjoyed some good seafood while I was down there. Only thing that would've made it better was if K could've joined me. He had his last presentation (woohoo!) so he had to stay in town, maybe next time...
We've had our backyard project moving right along, it is almost finished and already makes a big difference in the look and feel of our backyard. We've added landscaping and a water feature, and will soon have a swing. The photos don't really do it justice and some of the plants need to grow in to really give us the look we want, even so its much better than it was before!
We have 3 semicircular landscaped areas, and the one in the middle has a small pond. Originally we'd wanted a fountain, but in looking at what was available we didn't find any we liked. We have a pump for the pond so we get the moving water sound that I wanted with a fountain, and K found a timer so that it will come on automatically a few times during the day. Smokey did NOT like it when he first saw it, now he's enjoying exploring the area and of course he drinks from the pond.. We've also seen more birds hanging around, as K said they now have 'water front property' (sort of)..
Here is one set of before/after photos. We'll be so happy to have the phone/cable boxes hidden once the rose bushes fill in. In front are Indian paintbrush plants.
The other flower bed has gardenia and verbanim (spelling?) plants.
K also finished the picnic table he'd been working on. We ate dinner at the table on Saturday and spent the evening on the patio enjoying our new surroundings.
A Very Belated Thanksgiving
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