Well, as it turns out, I am either incapable of, or unwilling to create the outdoor oasis of my dreams. It would seem that lush foliage is expensive, and I’m just not ready to spend hundreds on a project just yet. But I did complete the project, and although my previous self would have declined to publish pictures, fearing that since it wasn’t “perfect,” it shouldn’t be seen, my current self (or the self I am striving to become) realizes that it’s a vast improvement over the former patio, and I should be proud of it. It’s really nice not to be limited by the prison of perfectionism. I hope this a trend, because I’m much happier in the land of “good enough,” at least when it comes to home improvement projects of the aesthetic kind.
And that’s all this one was, right? Or was it? It’s certainly not a load bearing wall, or insulation, or water proofing. But it was much more than just a pretty project. I got sweaty, and dirty, and I moved and cleaned heavy things. I really felt that I was accomplishing something. So, in a way, it was a mental or emotional weather proofing. If I can be confident that I can take care of things on my own, then I don’t “need” someone around, such as a man. If I am whole on my own, then any man that I may choose to bring into the picture in the future is an accoutrement to my already complete ensemble. As a side note, I broke the garage door this weekend, (the how is not important, as it is highly embarassing to me) and tonight, I repaired the door all on my own. I am feeling very “Super Woman-like” and will be shopping for my bullet proof bracelets soon. I’m already on the road to self-reliance.
And now, without further ado, is my new happy place……
The new view from my kitchen. It’s so inviting, and waaaay better than the rotted out grill that used to be there. And see the new hummingbird feeder? I hope they find it soon!
And here is the view of the seating area as I exit the sliding door from the kitchen. Can you see the margarita? It’s already a happy place! AAAHHHHH……
Here is a view from the backyard area, except in closer. I wasn’t able to decorate the entire patio, but from about halfway in, the effect is close to what I envisioned…
This is the view towards the backyard, and as you can see, there is about half the length of the patio that is a little bare.
Another view of my seating area. This one kind of captures what I was hoping for, a bunch of color and texture. Can you see the frog art piece on the fence? It’s “whimsical” and the previous me would never have gone for that, but now, I think it’s awesome. A little iron, strong and long lasting, and a little colored glass, bright and happy. All the things I want to be.
So, there you have it. I have officially “completed” project 1, but I am not going to stop working on it. I am going to get more plants over time, and transplant and propagate new ones from existing growth in my yard. I am also going to replace the grill soon so that I can do some grilling. That was always my exes job, and I loved the taste, so I am going to learn how to do it now. I think by the summer, this patio is going to be the vision I have in my head and a frequent place to hang out. But until that time comes, I’m pretty darned pleased! I sat out there this evening and it was just wonderful. I relaxed after an exhausting week and weekend, and just felt the stress melting away.
And tomorrow morning, I will be out there bright and early with my coffee and the paper. I look forward to having some guests in the near future!