Winning Yard of the Month Makes Me A Real Grown-Up
On Monday two members of the Civic Club stopped by the house and informed my husband that we were selected as Yard of the Month for the neighborhood! I vaguely heard the conversation from the living room and immediately squealed, put on some colorful clothes (knowing a neighborhood newsletter picture was included with this honor) and ran outside to claim the award. You don't understand - this is 10 years in a making. I'm someone who takes pride in maintaining a well-kept yard that is both lush and inviting. I'm also someone who rides around town "surveying" other winners and determining whether my yard is better or worse.
This award is not only an honor, it's a milestone. I've been in this house for 10 years. I lived through a flood, bad boyfriends, getting married, three presidential elections, and so much more. So getting yard of the month at this time is sort of like a full circle moment. The fact that I got excited about something like this lets me know that I've actually arrived at that stage: adulthood. Sure, I've been making decisions on my own for some time and have lived independently for over 10 years now, but when you find yourself putting time into things like fertilizer and watering schedules, you know you've moved into another dimension.
Full disclosure: I work with the best lawn company a girl could ask for - Jackson & Jackson Associates, who are consistent, professional, and creative. My biggest piece of advice: invest in a good lawncare company. Below are some pictures of the award-winning yard. In addition to the grass being green, I'm mostly proud of the asparagus ferns and river rocks that I installed by hand during some particularly hot days when I was being overly emotional and needing to exercise that green thumb as a form of therapy (so dramatic). And let's not forget that to win this award in 100 degree weather when grass is normally dead is no small feat... #winner
So nevermind me as I include this honor on my resume, make a celebratory shirt, and make time to visit my yard sign twice daily. I'll be the annoying newly-minted adult that reminds you at every turn that I'm the Yard of the Month winner...for the next thirty days at least.
P.S. - the backyard doesn't count in the judging, but if it did, I would win every month (not that I'm bragging...)
Have you ever won this award? If so and even if not, send me some pics of your favorite outdoor spaces.