Back around Memorial Day, we met Janette and her husband for brunch. The Beloved and I were discussing our trip to a local home-fair and that we were excited because we were going to re-do our backyard. We’d hoped that maybe we’d be able to invite them over for an Independence Day cook-out when it was done.
See, The Aerie has a teensy Southern Californian backyard. The previous owners had planted a number of tropicals – which by this Spring had all overgrown – and so we weren’t even getting the most out of the small space that we had (plus, they were blocking our view…).
All we needed was to agree on a design and landscaping plan (we’d found someone at the home-show that seemed like she’d be good to work with), get that approved by our HOA, find a contractor and get the old yard demo’d and the new plan installed.
Okay – so maybe the 6 weeks between Memorial Day and Independence Day was a little optimistic. Surely, by Labor Day, right?
Errr — Columbus Day??
Election Day Cookout, right?
Finally, we’re entering the homestretch (the main delay was finalizing the design and planting plan…we wanted flagstone, planting beds and drought-tolerant plantings). The old stuff is gone, and out contractor assures us that they will be finished the plantings and laying the flagstone by Thanksgiving. With only 3 working days left, I’m a little skeptical.
Maybe just to be safe, I should be preparing invites for a Boxing Day BBQ….