No, no, no, not that. I’m waaaay past that. I’m talking about my monthly subscription to Better Homes and Gardens. This time of year it is filled with ideas for make-overs and projects for the house and yard. I have subscribed to that magazine for years, and countless times my poor hubby has been dragged into doing projects that take a great deal of work…on his part, of course. My job is scouting out these projects and finding ones suitable to his abilities. I think my husband has the ability to do nearly anything, much to his chagrin.
One year I found this herb garden idea that I just knew would be perfect for our big Texas back yard. It involved many landscape timbers, cut and fitted together in a certain pattern like Lincoln logs, making three interconnected raised beds. Large raised beds. Requiring large amounts of garden soil deposited by delivery truck to our driveway and carted wheelbarrow full by wheelbarrow full to our backyard by guess who. But, oh, when sweet hubby was finished, the herb beds were glorious! I filled them with enough basil plants to keep us in pesto all summer, plenty of rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley the butterflies loved, oregano, and many other herbs that were added to my culinary endeavors. That was hubby’s reward for a job well done. We also planted a Meyer lemon tree and a fig tree in those beds.
Now we no longer have a yard but a small brick patio with a narrow strip of soil along a little path. Because of its small size, the patio is nearly filled by a table and chairs that occupy it. I saw this great idea for a handcrafted sitting area for a small outdoor space. The wheels began turning in my head, and now we are beginning to redo the patio to fit my new vision. We are going to remove the table and chairs and make a seating area around the perimeter instead to open up the space. Though I have full confidence that with some carpentry demonstrations at our local hardware store and several hundred hours of building, my husband is completely capable of making that sitting area himself, he has convinced me we should look for a ready-made conversation set instead. I’m fine with that. That way he’ll have more time to work on the beautiful planters I saw in the latest edition of Better Homes and Gardens.