Monday, July 25, 2011

Something That I Wish I Could have Done?

Have you ever looked back after someone came to visit and wished that you could have done something before they arrived?

Well, this happened to me this past week.  My Mandy, and her Bob, came to get the granddaughters.  I had gone to get them the first of June and it was time for them to go back home.  Caitlin had her first volleyball camp before school started, today.

My plan was to have all the weeds pulled around the pool and to have the house clean.  I suppose the house was okay, but the pool are was  different story.  Sorry, Mandy, it was not that I didn't want to have the place in tip top shape, time just ran away from me.

So, this morning found me outside at 7:30 attacking the pool area.  I uprooted all my tomato plants, rearranged some of the pots, trimmed the ground cover and got all the trash and water balloons all picked up.  I even used the power nozzle on the pool surround and the loungers.  I think that I might have gotten more water on me though.

I remember when my parents or my Grandma would come to visit.  Not only would the house get cleaned, but the closets, drawers and yard.  I know that they would probably not go around looking in drawers and closets.  There was just this unspoken expectation that I had for myself regarding the appearance of my home for them.  

A clean house has always been important to me.  Yet, as I get older, I realize that I would rather have it orderly.  My goal now, is to start with one room at a time and get rid of stuff.

This is the entrance into the backyard. I pulled the weeds that were in the rocks and the placed the planter that has yellow and pink Purslane.

 Behind the loungers, I placed two of my   
                       Aloe plants.  I got the largest one from
                       my Daddy (before he pasted away) and 
                       now it is growing other plants.  I also
                       put a plant that my sister and I saw on
                       our way a few years ago taking our little 
                       sister to the airport. 

I placed the glass table in the corner and placed all the pots and soil in the sunroom.

I decide that the grill needed to be moved
   and then cleaned the table area up.

I even decided that the ornamental grass could use a haircut.  The walk around the pool is so much easier to maneuver since the ground cover got it's haircut.

See how much nicer it look, Mandy!  You can even see my small Texas flag.

I only had the energy left to place the loungers up, except for one.  That was because there was TWO hornet nest.  I will leave this for another day.

Now that I have sat for awhile, my body is letting me know that while the pool area may look great, I did more than I should have at one time.  Oh, the pleasures of growing old.


  1. Looks like you did a great job!

  2. Wow, it looks awesome! I didn't mind the "lived in" look, that's how we live all the time! I felt right at home! You didn't move the rose bushes did you? Maybe they're just hiding. The Passion Vine is going to enjoy where you put her, maybe she'll green up for you. Love you!



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