Mr. Cactus went out to get the paper this morning while I was making breakfast.
"There is a picture of our house on the front page of the newspaper this morning!" he exclaimed.
Lo and Behold there it was. Our house right on the front page of the St. George Spectrum.
Shouldn't someone have asked our permission first? Agreed we are a small town, with a small newspaper, but it was still a bit of a shock.
A landscaping measure has been proposed by the city council, and I guess the newspaper's photographer felt our home fit the bill.
St. George wants to require 30% of all new front yards to include landscaping features that encourage the "use of native plants and other low-water plants" that promote water conservation.
Our backyard backs up to 62,000 acres of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
We used a lot of xeriscape landscaping because of the desert location.
We have a lot of cacti and desert plants that Mr. Cactus covered in Christmas lights for the holiday season.
If the law passes, each new yard will be required to have at least one tree. Do you think our Beaked Yucca will count?
We brought in a lot of big red rocks to blend in with the reserve behind our backyard.
In fact, this made me think of a funny story as we were putting in our yard.
I was not home the day they brought a big crane in to lift the large rocks around our backyard. Our pool had been dug and lined with gunite, but the plaster had not been applied yet.
Mr Cactus called me on my cell phone.
"Honey, I have good news and bad news." he said.
"The good news is the slide works."
"The bad news is the biggest rock we paid a lot of money for is now two smaller rocks."
The guys operating the crane had accidentally dropped a very large rock on the hillside, where it promptly began rolling down the slide, landed in the bottom of the pool, and broke in two.
More good news: the pool was fine.