This year, I've taken control of my yard and I'm asking more out of it. A second compost heap is next to the north fence and it's filled with leaves from all over town. Sugar borrowed the rototiller that we gave to a friend and broke open an area to garden that's about 6'x24'. When we fence it in against the deer, the dogs will have a larger yard to sniff around and protect from evil joggers and strollers.
I'm going to be a mother-in-law! I have 10 months to get used to the idea. I'm lucky to have a lovely daughter-in-law-to-be.