Fence me In, Please.

Posted on | May 8, 2012 | 5 Comments

Today, I am getting a fence around my back yard. 

I haven’t been this excited about something since law school graduation… y’all, tomorrow morning when my puppy yelps to go out? I JUST HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR!!  This is post-worthy on so many occasions, not the least of which is that every morning for the past four mornings, I have had to change clothes at least twice due to Riley jumping at me while I drank my coffee.  Coffee burns are not fun.  Neither are soaking wet work clothes and a burned, unhappy puppy.

I’ve wanted a fenced-in back yard since we bought the house in March of 2008.  We got a quote to do it in 2009 when I was pregnant with J, but we just didn’t have the money to pay for it.  So when J and I moved back to Macon, it was on my list of things to do if/when I had the money. 

And then I knocked down my neighbor’s fence.

And getting a fence became a necessity to keep up neighborhood morale.  I mean, seriously, how long can I sheepishly grin and shrug when my neighbor glances at the split in half lattice work flanking her house?  So yesterday, a company came and gave me a reasonable quote and then said the magic words… “If you sign here, we can do it tomorrow.”



And tonight, I will celebrate by letting my dogs out in the back yard while I enjoy pizza and a glass of wine with my little boy.  We will eat at the table without a dog begging and without a puppy trying to climb into J’s lap.  We will finish our dinner without two  dogs fighting each other under our feet.   And then, for our final act, we will snuggle on the sofa without J whining “NOOOOOOOO, Riley’s BITING me” every time the puppy comes near.





Because, ultimately? It’s those little things that can make all the difference.

What are the little things that make YOUR life easier?


5 Responses to “Fence me In, Please.”

  1. Jana A (@jana0926)
    May 8th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    This is so exciting!! Cheers!

  2. Heather Griffitts Clark
    May 8th, 2012 @ 11:26 am


  3. Jan
    May 8th, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Awesome for you & the dogs! Safe for J too. Just remember to train them to go out on command or you’ll be like me having to go out with my pooch because he wants company to do his business. Good luck & enjoy your morning coffee in peace!

  4. molly
    May 8th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Congrats to you! I really want a fence for my boys to run in the backyard. We live on a corner lot and it freaks me out when cars go by. I am always out there with them but it would be nice to relax a bit more.

  5. Kristinayellow
    May 8th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Fences are a gift from God–esp if you have dogs and/or kids. I had to beg and beg for DH to let us get one. He thought it was anti-social–I just knew I was tired of chasing 3 weenie dogs and “meeting” neighbors as I ran. I wore him down, we put up the fence. And now–he admits I was right. So much better being able to separate the dogs and the child–and for days when my health is crappy, it’s a lifesaver so that I can let DD run around and dig to her heart’s content while I sit and watch. Fences should be automatically built when you come home from getting a puppy or a child. 🙂 Congrats!

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