I decided to take a pre-spring photo and thought I would post it along with a photo of our backyard last spring and right after Ike.
Some "before" and "after" thoughts......
Before........a wooden deck that I just knew snakes lived under. The deck was here when we bought the house and we often talked about removing it. Ike took care of that for us.
After........a flagstone and crushed granite patio area where the old deck was...and surprisingly no snakes!
Before....a beautiful aged fence with creeping jenny covering the back corner that I didn't really appreciate.
After....a stark new fence....no creeping jenny....yet....I think I loved the aged patina of the old fence....I just didn't know it. While the new fence is clean, it has no personality.
Before.... I just assumed a hurricane would never get this far north.
After.... I now have a healthy fear and respect for hurricanes. Hopefully, that was the big one for the next 25 years.