Work on my backyard will begin next week, and I have completely mixed emotions. On one hand it’ll be awesome cuz I’ll have a couple great cooking surfaces, a new pergola, refrigeration and even an icemaker - it’s tremendous and I can’t wait. And as silly as it is, I might be most excited about the icemaker. We entertain a lot and go through a ton of ice, and not having to buy and sore big bags of ice will be very welcome (nothing is worse than an Old Fashioned without ice). But on the other hand, I’m dreading the change because I’ve loved our backyard for many years. It’s been our oasis – and I don’t mean in a fancy way, I just mean in a really comfortable ‘we-like-to-hang-out’ kinda way.
And I know that change is good, but sometimes we need to prepare ourselves for what’s coming. And what’s coming will make a mess of our backyard for a couple weeks. Any construction is like child birth: it’s all great in the beginning when you plan it, you get excited, it starts, there’s a lot of pain, then it’s all good. And I can’t wait for the ‘it’s all good’ part.
I’ll be able to shoot TV and Livecast out there, and it’ll be a great spot to entertain friends and family. Not to mention the corporate events I do. My kitchen is really my office, and soon my office will extend to my backyard.