Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but this is what it usually looks like about an hour before everyone shows up....
This year, however, we are trying to be a little more prepared, so with the heat wave passed, I was able to get out and get some yard work done in anticipation of the BBQ.
I cleaned up the stairs.
We also had three of these crazy/prickly/dangerous plants growing in the lawn.
I removed them with a rake and my cutters and dumped them on the other side of the road that runs behind the house. Out of sight, out of mind!
I was also able to cut some of the low/dead branches from the pine trees, lest any branches fall off and knock out some unsuspecting barbequers.
I'd like to give a shout out to Laura's dad for giving us a telescoping tree saw. He also taught me that the safest way to cut branches is from the top of an unsteady ladder.
What better way to end a day of yard work than a dip in the pond with the dogs!
Stay tuned for "The One Where They Build A Dam, Part 2"....