Project 1: Outdoor Oasis

Today I begin my first project in the happiness journey!  As I posted yesterday, I am going to create an “outdoor room” in a previously neglected patio off of my kitchen.  Below are the “before” pictures that I took this morning.  I took them around 8:30 a.m., which is when I’d be using it in the mornings. 

Here is the patio from the back yard.

Looking out into the back yard, a gauntlet of empty pots lining the fence.

The sad, empty hummingbird feeder and the garden hose wrangler.  I also have an old plant stand that I forgot about.  It’s between the hose wrangler and the faded green plastic chair.

Another shot from the back yard…

The view from the kitchen.  I hope this will be a lot better in a weeks time.

So, there it is.  My first project begins today with a trip to Lowe’s and the Home Depot to look for a few things.  I am just window shopping today, since I may not need to buy plants.  My back yard is full of lillies and irises which all persist in blooming each year, despite my steadfast refusal to tend to them.  I will most likely spend my work time today cleaning and removing the weeds from between the pavers, creating my “blank canvas” from which to begin the design. 

I’ll post pictures as the transformation progresses!

Happy Monday!

2 thoughts on “Project 1: Outdoor Oasis

  1. Hi, Maggie, I have never blogged before so this is a first. I have enjoyed all of your thoughts and writings. I have a funny feeling that your 1 yr 2B happy will be good for all of us who subscribe. I think that it may take more than a year though. Your own elements of happiness changes as you get older…even from year to year. Mine have and I’m a year older than your dad. One of the main things for you will be to get over the pain of your husband…someone you deeply trusted…leaving you suddenly and at one of the most needed times of a woman’s life. You are not alone in having experienced this however. One of my dearest young friends had this happen to her about 4 yrs ago. Almost extactly, except that it turned he was bipolor. He wanted a baby too untill she became pregnant and he locked her out of the house. It was a shocker and crazy to her and everyone. It didn’t make sense. They had known each other for 6 yrs before they got married. They both worked at the my corporation. He didn’t seem like anyone that would do that…except for one thing that may have been a sign. We had company event at a baseball game. My husband had never met him before. He seemed very stiff but not that much out of character for him. Sort of cold really. Afterwards, my husband said there is something wrong with that guy. It turns out there was. She has now moved on and remarried to a great guy. It took her 2 yrs before she met anyone but life can be good once again. Her little girl has been such a blessing to her. You will move on too but everyone has their own rate of healing so don’t beat yourself up. You come from a loving family. i.e., even though you don’t really know me you are part of my family. 😉 I predict you will use this situation as a springboard for your life. I happen to love quotes so I’ll leave you with one of my favorites below.

    “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner
    Fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
    We should all be thankful for those people
    Who rekindle the inner spirit.”
    – Albert Schweitzer
    Love Glory Bee

  2. You picked a great first task to tackle.That will be so much fun! And just think how pretty it is going to look when you are finished. Your own little get away! Good luck and can’t wait to see more pictures.

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