What’s Outside Your Window?
Is this you?
I remember looking out our kitchen window to a “functional” backyard of grass, one tree, and a 6’ wooden fence. At the time, I thought this backyard was a bare-bones, good enough place for our kids, Mom, Dad, the dog and company. The patchy grass, no-shade skinny tree and worn wooden fence still produced some fun memories.
Recently, we looked at the possibilities for our “functional” (not feng shui) backyard and saw its flaws and its potential. We had seen the “Don’t Just Dream It Live It” sign on a local pool store truck and decided it was time to for an “extreme makeover.”
This morning, I looked out my kitchen window and decided to take my morning coffee poolside. Our good ‘ole kitchen window now looks out on our new outdoor living room. The scrawny tree has forfeited its space for new flora and fauna. Our backyard is bursting with reds, yellows, all shades of green. The splash of diamond blue water bursts from my husband’s so-called swan dive. He has also been swimming laps to tone up his mid-life crisis tummy. As soon as the children come home from their activities, the pool will be full of belly flops and a great deal of laughter.
Did I mention our outdoor room is complete with firepit, pergola and built-in grill? In the evenings, my husband grills the best meals, while I prepare a healthy salad and summer dessert. Why does food always taste better when it’s cooked outside on the grill? After our meal at the patio table, we kick back and enjoy the serenity of the fire. Have you seen the “fire and ice” that replaces the logs of the fireplaces? The reflective glass makes a pretty impressive fire.
Well, I don’t know if this sounds like you…. But it could be.