Our back patio is usually the place we gather in spring and fall (the mosquitos haven’t quite shown up yet and the temps are mild), but during quarantine 2020 it has gotten a workout.
Two years ago, we expanded the concrete. What a game changer! And last spring, we added seating and a table. This spring, Scott added lights. Now, if only we could get the grass to grow. With big oak trees, though, you either get shade or grass, but not both.
Let’s take a quick glance at what she used to look like, shall we? This is what we saw when we first moved in back in 2009. It *looks* like there’s grass, but not really. Trust me on that one. And the patio was itty bitty. It’s that tiny spot the trash can and recycle bin are sitting on.
Back in 2011, this was all the patio space we had for backyard birthday parties. It worked, but looking at this old photo during a pandemic makes me cringe. Ha!
Now, you can see the difference all that concrete makes! Hello glorious space (and less grass to water!).
During COVID, this space has become a beautiful respite. The flowers are blooming, it’s a great spot to enjoy a libation and some date nights with Mr. Whitaker. This spring and early summer, there were many an afternoon when the kids and I would retreat out here for lunch. Now that we’re burning alive in a balmy Texas July, we’re already counting the days until October when we can enjoy it again!
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