Facing the Backyard

It's always with hesitation that I open the door and go out back after a long trip. I'm not sure if I'll like the answers to my questions. Did gophers tear the place up? Did weeds take over? Are termites around? At any given time, the answer has been yes to these so I normally wait a day to deal with it.
Today, the cactus are in bloom, only one new gopher hole is visible and the weeds are contained to one section that can be managed. Damage control done since I'm home before the next rain and can get the yard under control for another week or two. And living in California, I was pretty grateful to be pulling weeds in the sun instead of having a backyard covered in snow!