Life, Lived Better – Outdoors

April 2024 Newsletter

Does it bring May flowers?  Man, I hope so..

My wife and I are attempting to start a “cut flower” garden this year.   Needless to say, it’s been a rocky start.

She purchased exotic flower seeds (unlike the paltry seeds sold at H.D. or Lowes) and I tilled a spot in the backyard.  We followed the directions, planted the seeds, and was told, “Start seeing nature’s glory with young specimens in 7-10 days”.  With the slightly warmer weather, a few unearthed, but not all.  My impatience grew, so with my vast knowledge of horticulture, I moved the seeds to an even sunnier location.  I was a little, shall we say, wide of the mark in my assumption: “More sun, more sprouts”.  The sprouts got cooked, turned brown, and became dirt once again.

The rest of them…playing hard to get.

Now the weather is cold again.

And now we wait.

Sometimes the outdoors will humble you, but I still enjoy it.

Wayne Romain 

Patio World 

Life, Lived Better – Outdoors

What’s New at PW:

We recently brought in O.W. Lee’s newest design, “Aris Max”.  It is a modern twist on their wildly successful Monterra line.  Same plush, luxuriously comfortable seating, but with a cleaner, minimalist design.  As described on their website:

The Aris collection applies mid-Century ergonomics to modern lines creating an attractive and superbly comfortable design. To achieve this comfort level, we have developed a two-chambered ergonomically correct pillow back cushion. With the Aris collection, we intend to prove contemporary and comfort can be synonymous. Aris is a full-line collection that features dining chairs, counter and bar stools, urban scale, traditional, max deep seating, and chaise lounge options. Additionally, Aris’ deep seating features our Plush Comfort cushion and Sytex seating system.  To view the entire collection, please visit O.W. Lee.

+ While my gardening skills may not be up to snuff, my wife (Damaris) and my mom (Rose Ann) found some pretty eclectic and unique pottery for the REAL greenskeepers out there.  European Terra Cotta, Cobalt Blue, Modern Black, Elegant Pearl, Atlantis Green Mist in a variety of shapes and sizes can be found on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Out & About

(PHOTOS) A Small Sampling of Our March Deliveries in the Sunny Southern California Weather


→Calling all Night Owls and Stargazers – International Dark Sky Week

→Healing Havens – 5 Healthcare Designs Cultivating Calm

→Trends vs Trending – What’s the Difference?

→Are you in the 90th percentile – Candy, Candy, Candy – I can’t let you go!

→Are You Ready for It – Totally Solar

→Adios Drainage Problems.  Hola! Outdoor Charm – DIY Dry Creek Bed

→With a name like _____ it has to be good (maybe not) – Baby’s Name So Bad, Court Gets Involved

→I’m having a love affair.  Are you? – Your Love Affair with the Outdoors

→Sounds Like My Luck: 1 in 10,000 chance – Growing Hass Avocado Trees

It’s a Dog’s Life…really

We are taking a break this month from Fidos Photos, but if you want to partake in the funSend us a photo of your dog enjoying your backyard/outdoor space or on an adventure outdoors!  You can send pics via email or text to 951-818-5470.  If your photo is chosen, we will send your pup some treats!

You can see some of last year’s canines by visiting our 2023 newsletters.

(WBR) Wayne’s Book Review

My New Year’s Resolution / Goal for the year is to read one book a month.  And aren’t you lucky – You get a rare glimpse into the mind of Wayne Romain and his take on said book.  Just so you know, I’m not a reader.  In the last 10 years, I have probably read six or seven books at the most.  No literary giant here, but like a lot of things in life, you get outside your element, do things you don’t normally do, and you might learn something.

What does this have to do with the outdoors?  Maybe nothing.  Maybe a lot. But it does represent another pastime that we can enjoy (or muddle through) in The Outdoors.

This month’s book:  The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (1982)

The Tao of Pooh is an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners.   It uses the characters of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of philosophical Taoism.

Now before you roll your eyes or think that I’m some sort of New Age wackadoodle, take a deep breath and read on (or don’t, it’s a free country).

I have often thought that the “Eastern Philosophies” or religions were either:

1) Beyond something I wanted to waste my time learning.


2) Just not compatible with my Roman Catholic / Christian / Western way of thinking and living.

I was incorrect on both assumptions.

This book offers a simplistic introduction into Taoism while touching on some of the other Eastern Philosophies (i.e. Buddhism, Confucianism) that even I can understand.  I found that it dovetails many of my/our Western beliefs and religious practices while not being an indoctrination.

An insight on how other cultures approach life and in the end, realizing we basically all have the same feelings, emotions, aspirations, and desires.

It is a short read, so give it a whirl to learn something new.  Or don’t, it’s a free country.

On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 7.

Note: This is my unprofessional, biased, informal review. I make no claims and receive no money or support for my reviews.  It’s just an extrapolation from the mind of WR.

La Última Palabra (The Last Word)

Quote of the Month:

“Growth Demands a Temporary Surrender of Security” – Gail Sheehy

When I do something out of my comfort zone, there are 3 possibilities:

  • I Succeed
  • I Fail
  • Or an infinite mixture of both

In all cases, I learn something.  It’s either, “I’ll never do that again” or “I should do this more often” or “What if I try it this way, will I get closer to the desired result”?  That’s growth.

Have an idea for a future newsletter?  Want to berate me for something I did or said?  Go ahead!  I want to hear from you:  The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.    You can leave a message here or email us at

Whether at home or out in the wild, take it all in.  Remember that life is truly lived better outdoors.

Take care,


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