Tomorrow is Father's day. I never had a dad so it has never been a big day for me. But I do have a husband and so this post is about him. We have our problems, that's for sure but Walt has many, many good characteristics and for the most part I think I scored in the husband department....and no he doesn't have a gun to my head. He is fun to hang out with, he laughs a lot, and he sees the positive in most things which compliments my Eyeore syndrome. He also does a lot for me. When something needs to be done around here, he just does it. Walt works hard and he plays hard. We are getting the yard ready to have Sam and Hilary's open house after they marry in July. We decided to do it in our yard, against the "not so happy wishes" of some of our children. Sam and Hilary are both easy going and said, "Sure, why not." Sometimes our back yard looks good and sometimes it doesn't. For the most part though, in our neighborhood, I think we have one of the prettiest yards in the hood. I wish I would have taken "before" pictures. It was looking pretty bad and just needed some tender loving care and upkeep and renovation. So Walt went to work. He works harder than anyone I know. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and he is STRONG. He had to do some gross things and get in gross, scary places....like under the deck and over in that corner of the yard where things get tossed when we don't know what to do with them anymore. To top it all off, it has been hot...like over 100 degrees kind of hot. And he still just does it. And he has been recovering from his leg infection and until yesterday, could not get in the pool. I really don't think that he is still supposed to get in the pool, but like I said, it has been HOT. He started in one part of the yard and has been working his way around the back yard. He took out huge planters, poured cement, put some braces under our deck (which has caused more of the deck to shift and now he has to go back under and brace up other areas), planted some new plants, tore out some old plants and trees, planted a very small garden, put some retaining walls in for new planters, tore down the railing around the pool and replaced it, and built a new sandbox for Scotty and the grandkids. All of this with a bad leg and working when there was work. There is still a lot to be done...a lot. But I know that it will get done because I am married to a worker. The yard will be fine when it is time for the open house....not the best in the world but just right for us. I love to sit in our yard and just enjoy the feeling that is there. We have some beautiful plants and a covered patio and a porch swing, and a hot tub, and a pool. What lucky people we are. But none of that would have been accomplished without Walt's hard work. I want him to know how much I appreciate all of the work and I KNOW that some people are secretly jealous of how hard he works in our yard....well maybe they are secretly jealous of it :) But I am proud of him and I think he takes pride in his yard. I get lots of compliments on it. So thank you Walt, for all you do for our family, but especially for all of the work you have done on our yard to make it nice for Sammy and Hilary. Erica wanted to see what it was looking like so here are a few of the pictures. They aren't great pictures and the yard looks a little messy, but I just wanted to show some of the improvements. And remember, we have a lot more to do.
None of the kids liked the lattice work around our pool but Walt and I did, so we compromised and have done half and half. We left the bottom with the lattice work and did wrought iron around two sides of the top. We left the lattice work on the road side of the pool to have a little more privacy. It looks cream colored in this picture, but it is white.