So this year I got a little different kind of Mother's Day gift from Pete and Ellie. Our patio has been an eye-sore for the last year and a half (since we moved in...and especially since we got our backyard chickens---oh yeah, they poop everywhere!). So Pete (with a "little" help from Ellie) screened in our patio with chicken wire & created a nice relaxation spot (along with a pretty hanging pot of cute little white flowers!). He also hung the cute shabby yellow porch swing I bought last year (a steal for $34), and though the patio still needs some little touches (such as some flowers in the pots & some touch-up paint on the patio furniture), it is so much better than before. He even brought out our homemade fountain (we made it about 5 years ago from two big ceramic pots--love the sound of the trickling water!!) and during the nice evenings we've had lately, you can find us out enjoying the "new" patio...and our chickens (from a nice distance:).
Here are some photos....
Ellie's new favorite spot! Just needs some cute pillows!
The view from the swing...with the chickens right where they should be (that is...not on the patio:))
Our backyard egg-layers...Lulu (brown eggs) and Rosella (green eggs).
These are actually on my front porch, but I love them...they make me happy! I'd love to get something similar to put in the pots on the patio.