Backyard Barbecue Prep (Part 1)

Lately, we have been doing a ton of yard work.
This is partly because we didn’t really do any last year and it needed to get done and partly because in just two short weeks we will be hosting some family and friends for a barbecue.


**Insert “To Do Lists” and “Um, Andy do you think you can help me with….”**


As I enjoyed my morning coffee on the deck as I do some mornings, I realized we had a pretty bland outdoor space going on. Now, our house is situated on just over an acre of property and the house itself has a partially wrapped around back deck. Outside of that, though, there’s not a lot going on.Β So, the mental wheels started turning: what could we do to make the space more inviting, fun, and functional….


Last summer, we built a fire pit and a dog pen, which was a great start. However, our husky escaped the pen (the little beasty) and we knew it was pointless to keep it up since we think she literally jumped over the fencing. We went straight to work with breaking it all down and starting with a clean slate or empty yard, again.


My imagination has been free to be more creative with the outdoor space rather than try to work around the things we already had set up. And let me tell you…I’m dreamed up a wonder!


First, horse shoe pits! Who doesn’t love a fun game of horseshoes?! Alright, I’m sure there are many of you out there, but it is fun to watch others get into it even if you don’t like playing yourself. I went onto Amazon and bought the horseshoes and stakes for the game and Home Depot for the lumber, rebar, and sand. We went through about 7 charges for our 18V batteries cutting the landscaping timbers and drilling the holes. Also, I can’t imagine my forearms being any stronger after hammering the rebars into place, but it got done. We are now the very proud owners of a non-regulation size horse shoe pit set up! Andy is WAY better than me, but I just got to find my rhythm, right?





As we tackled the yard space, we also worked simultaneously on our empty deck. All we had was a grill and a four seated table and chairs set. I cleaned them up and rearranged them on the deck, first and foremost. (It’s amazing what a little cleaning and moving does to transform spaces.) As we moved the grill, I was able to visualize the other patio seating. Two chairs here, a loveseat there…. So, we purchased some patio furniture and it is on it’s way!!




For fill in, my “go to” is always plants or little crafty touches. I LOVE plants. I have them everywhere in my house, so naturally I wanted to add the green beauties to the outside. Much to Andy’s chagrin, I added a window box, some hanging plants, and a few potted plants!



Then, the craft side got the better of me when renoed an old chalkboard. I hung it on the house as a place to write down menus or drink options for when entertaining or even keep score for when playing…wait for it…horse shoes!




There is still much to do, but we have the long holiday weekend on our side. Looking forward to seeing some more work get done and being able to host our family and friends!



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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Roger & Karen Shaulis
    June 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Loved reading this! So nice to
    start w/ the clean slate! You all
    Are doing a great job!
    Enjoy the process! Then sit
    Back on your beautiful deck w/
    A great cup of coffee and take in
    All the hard work and look forward
    To lots of days and hours of joy for
    All the things you all worked together
    To build and share with friends and
    Family! So proud of you both!

  2. Reply
    June 28, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Love, love, love the improvements! Looking forward to the barbecue fun and food!

  3. Reply
    Mary Shoff
    June 30, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Can’t wait to see what transformation you guys come up with…whatever it is it will be truly innovative and beautiful! Looking forward to some “hot tea” moments!

  4. Reply
    Kimiko Guiab
    August 12, 2016 at 8:31 am


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