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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!




8 Responses to Planning for company…

  • Farmlady says:

    Well, you are going to have a house full this summer. How nice that your husband is going to go down to bring his mother back. What a wonderful effort. You are good people.
    I was going to recommend the rigid, heavy Adirondack chairs that they sell at Home Depot or Lowes not.. most everywhere really. But, you found them.
    I have some chairs like these and they are wonderful for all the reasons that you mentioned. Last year mine faded in our unforgiving, summer heat. So I got some spray paint and covered them with it . It’s called Krylon Fusion for plastic.) It’s great spray paint and it doesn’t seem to fade like the original finish. FYI just in case. It’s the only thing that can happen to them. Otherwise…they should last forever.
    Have a great summer.

  • Dianne says:

    Thank you, Farmlady! That’s a good tip about the special paint – thanks! No doubt during the dry season, that will happen. That way I can change the paint color when I want also! 😉

  • Karen says:

    Your summer visits sound wonderful and sitting around the fire pit in those comfy looking chairs sounds like so much fun! The patio is really pretty. Funny about the deer eating your plants, I can relate! It is very nice of your husband to escort his elderly mother back and forth. What a nice son, I’m sure that is one of the reasons why you married him, of course! Can’t wait to see the chairs with the pillows you picked out. xx

    • Dianne says:

      Thanks, Karen. The deer LOVE anything I plant here for some reason. We once came home from a weekend trip away to find a large BUCK and a couple of does on the front porch eating everything in sight! I think that was the last summer that I actually had “a heart” to enjoy planting things. I’ll most likely do it again this summer since we’re having company though. Looking forward to setting everything up and looking for pillows!

  • Christine says:

    What a good son your husband is! It sounds like you will have a lot of fun with your company this summer. It’s a rare day that we sit outside in the summer here in Aberdeen, though it does happen. This morning it SNOWED! That’s the second time I’ve experienced snow in May, in the last 20 years. So a chilly morning here as well.

    • Dianne says:

      I’ll tell him you said that 😉 ! The truth is that at age ninety, his mother couldn’t come if he didn’t go with her both ways. We may be pushing the limits here even with all my geriatric experience but I really want her to have this visit and the memories. I can’t believe you have SNOW in May! Amazing!

  • Sunny says:

    hun, I had those Home Depot ones in forest green and they lasted me 10 years and i think it was the best outdoor purchase I ever made. You wont regret it!!

    • Dianne says:

      Good to know! Jim just picked them up at Home Depot and I’m looking forward to finding pillows for them – or making them! I want to be sure the rainy season is over before I put the pillows out.




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