Yesterday was kind of sad here. We reluctantly decided to have one of our trees taken down. It was a soft maple. In the spring it shed seeds, and then afterward, seed stems. In the fall, leaves. The seeds and stems played havoc with our gutters. They were always full. You'd clean them of seeds, and weeks later they'd be full of stems. When we had our roof replaced last year, the gutter problems were at the heart of it.
The tree was also planted much too close to the house. We'd have to pay to have it trimmed every year just to keep it off the roof.So, tree man came and the tree went.
Now our deck is exposed to summer sunlight, probably for the first time in twenty years.
The deck needs work. It hasn't had water sealer on it for a number of years. That's next on my list of things to do (when I can walk properly again). We may have to get an umbrella or an awning, but the truth is, we don't use the deck much because we have an enclosed porch and like to sit there with our kitties.
Look what I bought at a church sale last week--for a dime! I got some alyssum for it and hope it likes its new home.