A new look for our back yard

Our back yard received a makeover this past week.

Unfortunately, as usual, I forgot to take a before picture. But back in October, it looked like this. A very sorry state.

It rained a lot this year. So just imagine that yard totally overgrown with weeds, with some bare spots near the left. Then imagine all the weeds dead, with the tallest ones like 4 feet high.

There used to be a lawn there, but because there is no drainage, there was mold and it all died. To put in a new lawn would be very expensive because drainage would have to be installed. So we have instead chosen to “cultivate the indigenous California wildlife.” After the rains, it all died so it became like the California wildlife morgue.

That’s the lovely state of our backyard at the beginning of the week.

While we were on vacation, Glen had come by our house and noticed the state of our backyard. So when cousin Mason came up to visit this week, Glen had Mason and Stephen come over every day and help weed our yard and put down Weed Stop.

By Friday, the pile in front of our house looked like this.

And our back yard looked like this.

Daniel said, “It looks like an oil spill.”

Those boys did a ton of work!

Saturday morning, a truck dumped a load of bark in our driveway.

Glen,  Stephen, and Mason shoveled the bark to the back yard.

Albert worked in back.

When they were done, the yard looked great!

What a difference!

We are so grateful to Mason and Stephen for their hard work all week, and for Glen who arranged everything and helped out. We sure are blessed by their friendship and giving hearts!

Here’s a picture of Mason and Stephen, triumphant over the big pile of weeds and brush.

Meanwhile, I was inside baking chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I felt like Pioneer Woman, who cooks up big meals for the men while they are out herding the cows.

Except my fare was much more meager. But the guys enjoyed the cookies.

And after that I had to take a nap. But at least baking cookies was a big accomplishment for me!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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  1. Carmen Lin - July 13, 2011

    You’re so blessed to have the generosity of friends spilled over into your yard (not oil spill) and did such a nice makeover for it. My hats off to all those three who made it possible.

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