Our backyard

It’s been a slow day for blogging, so I thought I’d whip up a map of our backyard (except I left out the grill and the porch swing, as both have been moved to the front porch).

1. The dead zone: Don’t even think about walking through here, unless you like stepping on turds, both fresh and petrified.
2. The back gate: Like raptors, the boys check this every time they go out, just to make sure it’s closed and latched. Trust me, it’s not fun jogging through the neighborhood asking everyone if they’ve seen two pit bulls running by. “Don’t worry–they’re nice!”
3. The dwarf telephone pole: At 4 feet tall, it is enjoying it’s retirement from telecommunications duty, and now serves as a peeing post for the boys.
4. Ernie’s race track: This is the figure eight Ernie runs at least 20 times a day. Dexter will chase him for about 6 laps, but then he lies in ambush in the center.
5. The lawn table: This is a glass-topped table I use as a dining room table, since I have no dining room and very few dinner guests. Sometimes it has chairs around it, sometimes the chairs have migrated to the front porch. It’s main purpose is to anchor Ernie’s track.
6. The bush: I wouldn’t know poison ivy from a daffodil, so don’t ask me what kind of bush this is, but it’s where the cardinals have taken up residence. The dogs like to lay underneath it when it gets hot.
7. The back porch/back door: This is where I sit and take pictures of the boys. I also look out the back door from the kitchen to make sure they are both still in the yard, and not trolling the neighborhood for chicks. This is also where Hemo guards the house from the mocking birds.
8. The house: Nothing much to see here. Just 600 square feet of me space.
9. The forbidden zone: This would be the ideal poop spot for the boys, except for one problem: there is no fence bordering this section of the yard! A major design flaw. I’m not sure why the landlord would take the trouble to build a nice tall privacy fence around the entire yard and omit this 4 foot stretch, but the purchase of chicken wire is in my very near future.

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