Last Saturday morning I helped fix up the grounds at church- in the rain. That afternoon when the weather cleared, I was inspired to start the herb garden we've wanted to put on the patio! Too bad Bailey decided that he liked to eat parsley. :/
Not to worry! We had five other parsley plants, along with mint, basil, chives, dill, and thyme. All the favorites. We planted them on the deck in plastic containers so the deer can't get to them. Chris is planning on building wooden boxes to enclose the plastic ones.
I finally hung soap in the hydrangea bushes in the backyard! With a little luck it will keep the deer from eating it down to the ground like they did last year. They still need a little hydrangea miracle grow...they're not looking too healthy.
Like the garage door, the exterior of the shed in the backyard also looked like it hadn't seen any TLC in years. A little wood stain and elbow grease later...And it looked like this! Much better, right? Chris gets all the credit here- he stained the entire shed.
We enjoyed so many dinners last summer on our wonderful deck. With no deck furniture. Though we didn't mind eating our dinners off a picnic blanket or a few TV trays, we were determined to find some deck furniture this year. But we're frugal, and deck furniture isn't cheap. We had almost settled on a wrought iron set from Target (1 round table, 4 chairs) for about $400. Enter Craig's list. We found the perfect set only 25 minutes away. It has one round table, two chairs, and two rocker chairs. It's fifteen years old but WAY sturdier than the stuff we were considering at Target. And for just $120, we're able to justify buying a few extra things for the deck if we come across something we like! The furniture was a little rusty, but nothing that a good scrape and some Rustoleum spray paint couldn't fix.
It looks brand new! You'd never know that it had been rusty when we purchased it. We love it! Now who wants to come over for BBQ? :)