I've been absent for much too long. Our backyard got its makeover (see posts below) almost exactly a year ago. Last year, a few years before Christmas, we put the landscape fabric all over the yard and added rocks and mulch. The yard has come a long way. I have not downsized the pics yet, so hopefully it's not too difficult to see. Here are some of the additions.
A small sunflower that went to seed, and with this warm weather, started growing again. It now has 5 flowers on it!