Monday, March 29, 2010

Forecast: Sunshine!!

I'm so happy to report that the weatherman has forecast sunshine for our area for the next several days!  The jonquils are blooming, the grass is growing...spring has sprung!   I've begun thinking about what to buy to put in my planters this year.  Will I get the patio fixed the way I'd like to this year, or get involved in a different project?  Last year, we stripped wallpaper and painted in the kitchen and painted the living room and hallway.  It was a long, involved process.  With work and various other interferences, that project took much longer than we thought it would.  Did I mention that we are not so young and as fast as we used to be? Anyway, when it was completed, we were very pleased with the end result.  So now, what will we tackle this spring?  

I'd like to fix the back patio up a bit.  We have a large expanse of concrete about 24 feet out from the house and around 40 feet wide.  Not quite the length of the house, we have retaining walls on each end of the patio.  The concrete has developed quite a few cracks in it and I've been trying to think of a way to make it look better without breaking the bank.  Here's a charming picture of an outdoor room that I saved from a magazine (sorry, can't remember which one so I can't give credit here...hope that's not a no-no.)

I can't quite tell if that is grass or some kind of ground cover growing in this picture.  I'm thinking those are possibly flagstones because of the color and not concrete like mine is, but the idea I have is to do something like this.  What do you think? 

Here is a picture of part of my patio and if you look closely at the floor, you will see the cracks.

I also will be looking for better cushions for the chairs.  These were purchased last year when there wasn't much left to choose from and they are much too thin.  We have around 40 pots altogether that we put flowers in.  I have a bakers rack next to the house that I put several smaller pots on, and on stands around the patio and in large pots.  Of course, some go on the front side of the house.  Several pots need to be replaced or spray painted. 

Even though spring brings with it a lot of work, we are more than ready to see the sunshine and warmer weather so we can sit outside on the patio and enjoy watching the birds or the fish jumping in the pond and listen to the crickets and frogs croaking.  The sights and sounds of spring and summer will be most welcome.  

Until next time...


  1. I can't wait to get out & work outdoors either! I'm trying to weed out some of my pots on my patio as I tend to have too much! My patio is on the west & I get the heat of the afternoon sun so I have to keep that in mind. I get everything LOTS of water & try to use Mircle Gro every other week. Happy a few weeks. (I tend to get over anxious!)

  2. Hi Cheryl,

    Well, I have to admit that I have peeked at you too! Small blogging world! I am also a middle child, it's an interesting spot to be in . . .

    Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment, I love comments!

    I also love your patio, it reminds me of summer with the beautiful green grass and tress, and what a lovely pond. I do hope that you get it just the way you want it.

    Have a wonderful day!