This was my backyard last summer:
And this was what it looked like last fall after the shed was torn down:
And this is what it looks like now:
The trashman will cuss me in the morning. The bin is full and there are six more bags of trash stacked next to it. I have four beers left from the six-pack I bought today...maybe I ought to put them outside on the trash bin in a foam cooler with a note on 'em that says, a la Alice in Wonderland, "Drink Me".
Just in case you're wondering, I got those cute blue chairs at Lowe's, the fire bowl came from Wal-Mart, the flowers in the big containers are bi-color pink geraniums, and the flowers in the little containers are wax begonias. I didn't lay that brick but I'm planning to lay some over to the left there where the edge of the patio's all broken up. As soon as I find some free bricks. Oh yeah, and eventually I will get the rest of the shingles off the house. Probably in the next month or so. But right now, I'm liking the way the patio looks without any junk piled on it.