My cousin Janelle wrote about the work being done just a few blocks down the street from my house to retrofit a tiny wartime house. You can read about it here: Bless This House. As soon as the word "retrofit" is mentioned, you know that my dad must be involved. So are two of my brothers-in-law and a brother. Dad's spending his evenings in my spare room, and I'm feeding them all supper at night. However, it's a real blessing for me because they've decided that there are some things that need to be done at my house as well.
Last week Randy tackled my back yard. Now I don't do too badly on the front yard (although Randy pointed out to me that it is possible to water it on a regular basis) - but the back yard was in really sad shape; overgrown grass, bushes taking over, etc. Randy worked an entire afternoon on it and turned it into an oasis - it's nicer than it's ever been since I've moved in here I think. I was almost in tears when I saw it.
Now they've decided that my fence needs finishing. When I bought the house, there wasn't a back fence - which is pretty much unheard of for any property on the Canadian prairies. However, I did have a side fence that went right to the street (in violation of the city bylaw), and I paid to have it taken down and moved to the back. It didn't fence in the entire yard though, so I still had a fairly large section at the back that was open. Last night they went out and purchased the lumber and hardware, and they got started after supper tonight. After a full day of working on the other house, they worked for another couple of hours at mine! I am so blessed with such a generous family.