I am not a Summer Girl. Due to my very fair skin, (oh I am so delicate...that's a hoot), and in the last 20 years, medications, I am not able to take the summer heat or sun. As I child I had two very severe sun burns. I will never forget the pain or the ghastly way I looked. I endured it and swore as soon as I was able to stand on my own convictions, I would not put myself through that torture! FINALLY, in the last years, I have reached a point in my life where I can remain inside and not partake in outside activities. I no longer have to try and "fit in"! It's OK, I can be different. That was the hardest part all these years. In order to be one of the group I had to be OUT THERE! NO MORE.....
Kristy and Beth authors of My Design Chic, here , remarked on how they admired the elevation of our Bucket List Home and wanted me to share some of our "outside" spaces! I have put this off.....we don't have enough outside spaces to make a big deal over!
THE BUCKET LIST HOUSE
Now adding to the fact of my reaction to heat and sun, I kill every single flower, plant, bush or tree known to man! and.....I found if I don't kill them the deer eat them!!! Last year we actually had two urns filled with beautiful Inpatients stately placed at our front door. Neighbors complimented how pretty they were! They lasted one week! We awoke one morning and all the foliage had been eaten down to the roots by the deer that roam here at night! That freaked me out. All I could think of was waking up and seeing a huge deer at my front door!
This year, the urns, with advice from a knowledgeable gardener neighbor, we planted ferns. She was smart. They actually are still alive!
Last summer we replaced the concrete pad on our terrace with blue flagstone. The contractor did a wonderful job and gave it a very graceful curve. We love it. We had two more urns that we planted boxwood in. They lasted two months! They remained bare the rest of the summer! This year, again with that smart neighbor's advice we tried petunias and so far they are holding up! I don't think the deer know we have a back terrace!
We have two loveseats and a nest of tables to use, when needed!!! Did have two chairs, which I moved inside and am now using at my "desk" kitchen area! I actually sat out there once in May! Have proof. Have a picture. That's it.....We enjoy the space from inside! It's pretty, and our view is great! No need to go outside!
Notice the sweater, didn't want that sun to get me! It was 99 out there! I was pretending to be happy and believe me....I did not stay one minute after MC took the picture!
The view from inside and from the terrace
Which brings me to report that MC is working on the drapery panels.....He informed me that it's going to take awhile...the fabric is very thick! He has to take a long time to get the iron on tape to work!
See you whenever.....