4 Moms 35 Kids is back from summer break/maternity leave! Did you miss us?
Just for the fun of it, we’ve agreed to kick it off with an Open House to show you how big families live. Join me, Kimberly, Smockity and the Headmistress by linking up with a post and pics of your own.
Our Open House this week highlights the outside of the house. Here in south Texas, we have 2 seasons: Summer, and Not-Summer. Each lasts about 6 months.
Since we don’t use a/c and things get pretty steamy down here, we spend a lot of time outside in the summer. Of course we also spend a lot of time outside during the more pleasant not-summer time.
Needless to say, we love our deck. My hunney has been buying me wrought-iron tables and chairs by bits and pieces over the last year or more. We eat dinner out here nearly every night, especially when we have company.
Last year I also added a table built out of leftover scraps from deck repairs. We usually serve dinner buffet style from this table.
We were thrilled to add some shade on our deck last year…
and even more shade last month.
See? Lots of shade!
We already thought our view was stunning, but somehow it seems even nicer when your brains aren’t baking in the sun.
Unfortunately, our garden isn’t nearly as happy on the deck as we are. I think it’s languishing for freedom, but the deer run rampant down there. The garden wouldn’t last a week.
If you’ve ever been to our house in real life, you were probably expecting to see our laundry hung out to dry. No, I am not posting pics of our undies flapping in the wind for the whole world wide web to see. Only our closest friends and family get that view.
If one were to venture off the deck – something I do with shameful infrequency – one would be accosted by chickens who assume that you are on your way to the compost pile with a bucket of goodies.
The full-grown hens are very friendly, but we’re curious to see if our little Leghorn pullets will stay as sweet as they are now. Leghorns have a reputation for being shy and skittish. Too bad they can’t stay tiny and fluffy, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of having chickens.
Further down the driveway is our little bit of flatland, where you’ll find a used bike lot and the trampoline.
Wait – did I say that? Bikes? What bikes? There’s just a trampoline.
You’re welcome to walk about our 5 rocky, hilly acres if you’d like – there’s lots of live oak, spanish oak, agaritas (loaded with delightfully tart little berries in the spring), and prickly pears (another edible fruit, though we aren’t fond of them), with small scrubby cedar everywhere. Oh, and rocks. Lots of rocks.
And that’s all there is to see, folks. Would you care to sit a spell and have a glass of iced tea? Or come in and see the baby?
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