Life, Lived Better – Outdoors

March 2024 Newsletter

Can you feel it? Is the tide changing?

Spring arrives on March 19th this year and with it, many of us are cleaning up the backyard, planting our gardens, and planning for the not-so-distant future:  Easter, graduations, birthday parties, and just plain old fun to be had outdoors in the warmer days ahead.

While we cannot stop time, we can savor the journey.  Even though it’s work, enjoy the “honey-dos” and the prep – it’s good for you.  It gets you off the couch, gets the body moving, and gets those creative juices flowing. A “Re-fresh” of attitude is needed, you may say – but more on that later.

Here’s to relishing and reveling in the outdoors today!

Wayne Romain 

Patio World 

Life, Lived Better – Outdoors

What’s New at PW:

I like to call this time of year, “Planting the Seeds.”  During the early part of each year, we focus and brainstorm on how to make your experience at PW and, in turn, the outdoors better.  Without you, we are nothing.  Through our showroom displays, website, how we connect with you (via phone, text, email, socials), and more, we want to tell you the wonderful and meaningful story of your backyard and the outdoors.  How you can enjoy it, and how we can help you do it.  No matter the budget or space constraints, we would love the opportunity to help you love the outdoors as much as we do.

So that being said, we invite you to visit our newly re-designed showrooms in Riverside and Temecula.  Many of you have already done so (Thank You).  I’m tremendously excited to show everyone the cool, meticulously crafted, and accessible furniture and accessories that we have on display.  Let the outdoors in!  We are here to help!

Out & About

Firepit Backyard

(Photo) This beautiful (and heavy) fire pit from Prism Hardscapes was delivered by “yours truly” and our white glove delivery team to Redlands, Ca. Through rain, hills, puddles, and mud, we made it to this extraordinary overlook in our client’s backyard. Expertly placed and ready for enjoyment.

→Ranch Dressing is my kids’ official sauce of everything – No One Can Touch This Homemade Recipe

→For those of you who are into nostalgia, the outdoors, and camping – VW Bus Trailer

→Not into gardening?  Want low maintenance, but still want a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor area? – Advice from the Pros

→And they grow like crazy – Growing Cucumbers in a Plastic Bottle (YouTube Video)

→Ooohhh Yeaaaahhh!  – Randy “The Macho Man” Savage is a cheapo

→Mental Strength & The Mind’s Muscle – Science Tries To Explain It

→A Wee Bit Superstitious Aren’t We – Step Away from the Cinnamon

→Because they’re lazy? – Why Electricians Install Some Outlets Upside Down

→Tips for Your Kids Playhouse – Let Their Mind Run Wild

→I’ve Seen These in Our Local Lakes – That Won’t Fit In My Aquarium

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:  Fig Tree John (1935/1955/1971) by Edwin Corle

Written by Edwin Corle (1906–1956), Fig Tree John is a loosely based story on the life of a locally known and somewhat eccentric Indian who lived at a spring on the western shore of the Salton Sea in Southern California during the early twentieth century.

I chose this book after a little research on the author and the protagonist.

  1. I appreciate that the author was not well known, which made me feel like I was finding a hidden gem.
  2. The story takes place in the early 20th century of our local desert community.  An area that I am somewhat familiar with but am also curious of its rich history.
  3. I have always been intrigued by other cultures and their perspectives of life.  Fig Tree, being an Apache, far from his tribe, subsisting on the edge of a burgeoning “white” community, provides for an interesting plot.
  4. Lastly, I loved the fact that the book was Free!  I mean, I was going to purchase the audio book, but that was not available.  I attempted to purchase a hardcopy, same problem.  I finally stumbled upon it at Internet Archive which is a non-profit whose mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. Interesting place, I’ll have to dig around this place more.

Like many of us, Fig Tree struggles with maintaining the old way of life while the world around him is moving forward.  He moves far away from his original tribe, now on a despised reservation, and heads west with his wife in tow.  They end up on an isolated stretch of the Coachella Valley by the Salton Sea and start a new life, away from other tribes, the white man, the “Mexicans”, well, just about everyone.  He only trusts himself and the spirits of the universe.

The tale includes the birth of his son, treachery, murder, maintaining traditions, dealing with the growing farming communities/cities, the inevitability of children growing up and discovering their own path, and in the end, the demise of an old man.  A very well written book in my opinion with some style hints of Steinbech, another author that I am very fond of.   The storyline is very relatable even with “modern” society today.  The same personal struggles, the same questions, and similar choices we have to make (and the consequences).  An intuitive read, as I place my spectacles on the bridge of my nose.

On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 8.

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:

“Attitude” – Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home. 

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  

The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude…

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

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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