It’s still cool and raining here.  For now, a cool rain and dark clouds are okay with me.  I know the DRY season will be here soon enough with months on end of NO rain and brown grass!  For now, I’ll enjoy Spring and  the emerald green grass…green as far as the eye can see.

We’re getting everything ready for company this Summer and we’re excited!  In June, Jim’s mom will visit (she’s ninety and he’s flying to Arizona to escort her both here and the return trip).  Jim’s older daughter and her family will visit while little Mason‘s great grandma is here.  In July, my niece (two & a half years younger than I) and my sister-in-law of almost 40 years will visit.  It’s going to be a fun, busy summer!  There is so much to see here and we’re looking forward to sharing it.

As soon as it warms up enough (and quits raining) the front porch swing and the four rocking chairs need a fresh coat of paint.  So many months of rain will do that.  After I check the rocking chair pillows stored away, I may add some new ones.  We’ll enjoy sitting on the front porch enjoying our coffee and juice – and the view – to go along with our conversation.  I can’t wait!

The backyard stone patio was completed a couple of years ago and has had much too little use since then.  I have pictured some Orvis Adirondack chairs (the white ones below) surrounding the firepit there, but at $298/chair +35 shipping + 5 months of mold causing rain…I just don’t see it.  Especially since they’re heavy and there is no where to store them during the rainy season.  We drove into town this afternoon and checked out the Adirondack chairs at Home Depot (pic below).  My son and his wife had them on the front porch and backyard stone patio in lovely, bright colors at their vintage home in Dallas.  I liked them.  They’re reasonably priced (cheap),  come in assorted colors and they’re actually comfortable.  They looked very nice with pillows in them.  They are also light and stack easily for storage.  I’d like to place 4 of these chairs around the firepit on the patio in the backyard.  I’ll choose pillows that compliment the colors of the stonework.


The perfect place to sit around the firepit and roast marshmallows for Smores.  I’ll look forward to that.  The stone patio below with the covered firepit and the fountain.  You can also see that we had to resort to electric fencing to keep the deer out of the expensive photinia plants above the stone ledge!  We kept replacing the plants and they kept saying thank you!