November 26, 2019

Again, lotsa space between posts. It’s just been hard with all the work going on and the extracurricular activities going on regarding the house. After we met with our financial advisor back in September we’ve been focusing on our finances and investments – that’s been a lot of work, requiring a lot of research, but I think we’ve gotten ourselves in a pretty good place: at least as good as we’ve ever been. We refinanced our house because it was such a good deal – not only did we reduce our monthly mortgage payment and our interest rate, but we can finally replace the 1999 Saturn with 180K miles on it that is running on fumes (literally!). And work has been pretty tough as of late: there have been layoffs and there’s a new sheriff in town I’m reporting to, so there has been all the usual extra work associated with that kind of upheaval.

But my biggest area of focus these past several months has been on the backyard, finishing up plans that have been in place for literally years. I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t anyone in our neighborhood that can claim a backyard re-do like we have done this year. And we now have as nice a backyard as anyone with our amount of space could ever wish to have. Not only is it inviting, but it’s become a mini-resort in and of itself!

Don’t believe me?

Exhibit A is the backyard looking west towards the patio and the Tiki bar area prior to this year’s renovations:

..and here is what it looks like now. Quite the difference, huh?

The Carvestone surfacing we had done over the pool deck never ceases to amaze me – it looks so great! It’s so very Palm Springs retro you can almost picture Bing, Bob, and Frank tossing back Manhattans. It wasn’t our design; it just goes to show what a good collaboration with a creative consultant can accomplish. And then there’s the new fire pit.

We’ve been wanting to have a fire pit for many years. After all, Arizona winters being what they are perfect for having fires — we don’t get snow or much rain, and the nights are just cool enough to enjoy a nice fire. So I contacted the good folks at Hawkeye Landscaping and did a backyard walkabout with Daniel, who is responsible for collaborating on much what we’ve done. We exchanged a few ideas and we confirmed that the “middle area” between the small yard and the pool deck would be a perfect spot:

We tossed around a couple of ideas, and here is what we came up with – a unique and modern design. To which I added happy flamingo lights to the back cactus to match the ones on the front cactus. Together, it makes a truly intimate and inviting setting:

Oh brother, I can’t tell you how much work it was to move all that rock, lay the new pavers, and then find the right paint to match the blue/gray of the pool deck! But boy, it really came out nice.

…and at night the changes are especially lovely. This is the new view from the back patio:

So that’s what has been going on. I’ll be trying to get back to posting more often. We’ll see how it goes. I may also start trying to post a little more on my Twitter feed as well. But we’ll see how that goes as well.

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  1. It all looks amazing

    Comment by Jana — November 30, 2019 @ 12:38 pm


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