I'm really thankful for my backyard. While the pooper baby bear was napping today, I laid out on my master bedroom deck on Lucy's blanket, my head resting on Vic's pillow, read my book, then closed my eyes and let my soul absorb the sunshine. I love it that we have a pond and a stream right outside our window. I'll admit that the drowning/danger factor of the water gives me a bit of anxiety and concern, but it is beautiful all the same.
I think a leaf rake is in our near future.