Now if the neighbor would also take down the silver maple in the middle of his backyard that rains whirly birds onto my backyard, life would be, well, not perfect, but improved.
Speaking of sunshine, a pergola guy came by Friday to give me an estimate for an aluminum pergola over my patio. $$$$$ More than twice what I expected it to cost. I want something maintenance-free, but gah. I will definitely have to look into alternative (and hopefully cheaper) materials.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, I am having my driveway and front sidewalks replaced. It is funny how one day something that has been sitting there all along suddenly looks horrible. I think it is because the lawn looks horrible as well - the combination of crumbling driveway and weedy lawn with dead grass makes the house look abandoned.