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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Around here, we don't really get too many April showers...so we have to find ourselves another way to bring about May flowers.

When you live in the desert the best way to see flowers in the spring is to use plants that have adapted to this dry climate.  And that's just what we did!  Actually, let me clarify that when I say "we," what I really mean is "Mark," because he handles all things "exterior home" around these parts.

A few weeks ago he came home with two bougainvillea (bo-gan-vee-ya) plants for our front yard.  After he had planted them it was a little shaky for a while.  The flowers started to die and we thought they weren't going to make it.  Luckily, after daily watering for the last several days, it looks like they're going to pull through!

We (aka: Mark) also made another upgrade to the exterior of our home.  Here's a before and after shot to see if you can catch the difference:


Then after...

Did you catch it?

No, it's not the dead tree upgrade.  We took care of that last April.  It's something a bit closer to home...something you have to screen the photo for...

Get it?  Screen the photo?  Haha!  I crack myself up!

Last week our neighbors from the house right next to us decided to move to San Francisco.  I'm not sure how it worked out, but somehow while Mark talked with them about the move they offered to give us the screens from their windows.

I wasn't there...I didn't ask...

Our house hasn't had any screens on the windows since the time we moved in, so it's nice to finally have some windows we can open without little critters crawling in.  There weren't enough screens to cover all of the windows in the house, so we just put them in key places like the living room, the kitchen, and the master bedroom.

So finally our house looks a little better from the outside.  Nothing fancy, but still progress...

Oh, and those little bushes that you see in front of the window produce a little thistle flower that looks kinda cool...

I'm not exactly sure what they're called but they make for a good photo, don't you think?

Anyone else making updates to the front yard?  Have you planted any flowers, trees, or shrubs lately? It's crazy to think that it's still spring...definitely feels like summer around here!


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