It's fun to look at a little retrospective of the changes over time. The house looked like this in May 2010, a few months after I purchased it. Only the garage door had been replaced.
February 2011: Tree removed (it had broken under a heavy snow), minor changes to the landscaping, basketball goal removed, new windows
September 2011: Tree stump removed, new door, unused chimney cut down and boxed in, exterior painted
May 1, 2012: Faux chimney removed, new roof, new gutters
The yard has been sadly neglected, partly because I've concentrated on spiffing up the exterior of the house and partly because I was so overwhelmed with the desperate state of the yard that I didn't know where to start. I was rescued by a wonderful co-worker, who has generously given me her time and advice, as well as free plants from her garden. I am so grateful! :) Yesterday, she and her son planted a little tree for me as the first step in bringing life back to my grave yard (pun intended).
Coincidentally, my Colorado state tax refund was just enough to cover the cost of the tree, soil and fertilizer. ;)