Hello. We have been so busy in the garden and on the outside of the house. Before it gets hot, we are enjoying the weather and completing outdoor projects. We restored two Haver-esque corner living room windows, but I have not taken photos. My spouse did all the sanding, and it took him many evenings! At one point it looked like a failure; that's when the bare wood looked so bad, and the glass on the bottom panes fell out, and the outdoor cats visited. When he finished sanding and painting, the glass people installed tempered glass on the floor windows, new glass in the remainder, and putty. Old school. Even here, the putty takes a year to dry, but the 71 year old windows look beautiful.
We also have someone working on the 3/4 of the yard that you don't see. We just can't move caliche. The ground is as hard as stone and the dirt is clay, and it needs to be regraded as well. They only come once a week. But, we found some easy projects to do.
These are the garden beds that my spouse built last year. The trellis arches hold shade cloths for the plants. Come May or June the it's too hot for plants here. The pvc holds the shade cloths with ties, but it is not pretty, but copper is. But, it would be prohibitive to have someone make copper trellises, and PVC is inexpensive. (I think this may also work if you have a cold problem, but use try another material. I used a sheet, and it didn't work in our winter garden, someone else suggested plastic.???)
Copper was suppose to be Copper in the title as in faux copper. So four spray cans latter of metallic paint, we had faux copper trellis arches to hold the shade cloths.
My spouse painted them in an empty part of the yard, but he always left a bare spot so he could return them to the holders for drying. When they were dry, he finished painting.
We also stained the outside of the beds with Sherwin Williams outdoor opaque stain in River Birch. It doesn't completely hide the grain, but I do like it less busy.
Now my daughter is much happier with the view from her room, because her window looked out on it. Everything is blooming here; the lettuce is huge; the citrus blossoms' scent enchants. I know so many of you are still cold, but you can feel some comfort in the fact that we get four months of unbearable weather.
This last photo is of the stained beds and "copper" arches.