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Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Looking Better-Patio Fluffing

The work continued last weekend in the backyard and the patio.  Still so much to do.   I hosed off all the walls and slab on the patio, so dirty from all the dust and grime of winter.  They look so nice now.  



Next the table, chairs and cushions all got a good scrub.  Now they look and smell so fresh too.


 This side of the patio was looking pretty clean, so time to start on the other side.


 This is where I have the Bonnet Bench that my dad made me 30 or more years ago.  I gave it a good cleaning and polishing and also cleaned the cushions that I made last year.  Again, using outdoor fabrics all you have to do is hose them off.  Love that.  DH and I have our hats sitting on top so we can grab them as we walk out the door.


Nice and clean, but see some of the fertilizers and things DH is using.  Oh well, at least he is working hard and when he's done all of this can get put away.


 This is one of his projects that he is working on.  An Oleander tree that he is having to remove, the roots got into the two water lines and caused a leak.  He is trying to get the stump out without tearing the whole waterline apart.





One of the Oleander trees is left and is finally big enough to provide a little shade for the patio.  This is the west side of the house and in the afternoon the sun really streams in.  My two potted plants are growing big enough to create some shade too.


 Nothing fancy and still tons to do, but it feels so good to get started and to have this part clean.  I sat here for over an hour and just enjoyed the shade and some tea.  Love that.


Now to get busy and get the rest of the yard done so we can enjoy it all.


31 comments:

  1. All freshened up and ready for guests! My deck and basement patio are a mess and definitely need some work! I love your bench with all the pillows!

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  2. It is looking good Marty. I have done a little more on the back porch this morning. Weather has turned chilly though and I am still hacking and coughing so the going is slow.

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  3. Thats what we have been doing too! We always have so much dirt!! I hate it! HAHA It sure is getting hot here quickly! Hopefully you guys stay in doors this weekend yuck 103 high! AHHHHH

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  4. That looks like a great spot to sit and enjoy some tea, Marty! I'd have my book out there with me, too. I just sat out at my little table and read ~ it's a beautiful day here. A bit breezy getting ready for some rain tonight.

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  5. Marty, I didn't realize you had such a sweet patio. I really love that bonnet bench, how great that your dad made it for you. Enjoy your lovely outside room!

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  6. Everything looks so clean and fresh Marty. I can't wait to do ours:)

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  7. Love your patio and furniture. Has your husband thought of pouring something like vinegar on that root and covering with plastic or something? Be careful if you use vinegar, it kills alot of plants/grass...don't ask me how I know,lol.

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  8. It looks so nice. I adore your patio furniture - and all the green, oh my, makes me even more impatient for the leaves to come out here. I can't wait for summer.

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  9. It looks so relaxing. Enjoy your space and thanks for sharing.

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  10. Love it Marty.. everything looks cool and lush out there. enjoy every moment.

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  11. Oh Marty, what a wonderful place to relax and have a little tea (or coke for me:))! You're right, that potted plant will provide some nice shade! It's huge!

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  12. Enjoyed hearing about your preparations for the summer. We try to get things ready here but in Wales..especially this south west tip....it's hard to say what the weather will do..that is apart from rain. No..that's wrong...we do have some good weather as well... Loved the bonnet bench..what a good idea! Good luck with removing the tree roots....oh my!! Joan

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  13. iI hope you can relax and enjoy that lovely space soon ! That bench is wonderful that your dad made! How special!

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  14. Mary, it looks so pretty. What a wonderful, relaxing space. Love the bench your dad made. It seems like about the time I get the outside all prettied up, it's time to go back inside for the winter! laurie

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  15. Better hurry up Marty! Its going to be too hot this week end to enjoy it out there... Hubby and I are working on our patio misters so we can sit out in 100 degree weather. Good rule keep cool!
    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  16. Marty it looks so fresh! Warm weather sure brings a lot of hard work with it. We've been a little busy too! Soon maybe we can all enjoy the results. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Marty- You are so far ahead of me. I just love your patio area. It is really relaxing and wonderful looking. Love the bench your Dad made. I think that is my favorite part! xo Diana

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  18. Lookin good Marty! Now you can sit back with a cold glass of ice tea and enjoy!

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  19. It feels so good to clean after winter and look at how pretty everything is when the growing season starts. I know exactly what you are talking about.

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  20. i love your patio table....your total area is just looks like you are ready for a party!!..Beautiful Marty!

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  21. Love your little patio...looks like a great place for a morning cup of coffee:) I have tackled the same project lately, cleaning off the deck, painting deck furniture, etc. But today I enjoyed the fruits of my labor by sitting outside with my coffee and new SOUTHERN LADY magazine. Retirement is great:)

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  22. Hi Marty, what a wonderful place for you to sit and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. I know I "love" my front porch. The temps have been so cool here lately along with some pretty strong winds, I'm hoping to get out there this w/k and really hit hard...hugs ~lynne~

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  23. Yep, Marty, it "patio" time everywhere! Everything looks so fresh.. Sooooo nice to get things in order and ready to spend time out there just lounging. It's such a great time to be retired! :)

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  24. You are right on time, Marty because it sure was hot today! Love your patio. This is such a nice time in Arizona to enjoy it in the morning before it gets really hot.

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  25. Marty, what a beautiful porch you have! Everything loos so welcoming! I love the bench your Dad made you. What a great piece! And your plants look so pretty! Very, very nice!

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  26. This looks like such a pleasant spot to sit. Some patio cleaning is on my "to do" list, too!

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  27. Marty, your patio is so pretty and I love how you've set your little table! We sure do need to get ours cleaned up, but mine is certainly not as pretty as yours! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend and be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  28. Love it, Marty. It has turned cool and rainy here this weekend, so no sitting outside for us right now.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  29. A bonnet bench is new to me and I love the idea! Your patio is very inviting. I am sure you could find me out reading a good book in a setting like that.
    Huge green hugs,
    Pat @The Thrifty Frog Blog
    (aka GraceinAZ)

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  30. Marty, instead of trying to dig up that oleander stump.... We use a commercial strength weed killer that we got from a friend who had a business. But you can purchase something called "Clear Pasture" that will kill anything. I doubt that you could find a small container of that, since most people are actually trying to kill a pasture. There's also a vine and stump killer that you might find at Walmart. Soak some cotton balls (or a rag for something larger) and lay it on the cut surface. Cover with plastic wrap and use a rubber band to hold it on. Put a pot over it and wait for the death to come. If you wanted, you could refresh the poison now and then if it dries out. With the commercial poison, we "paint" the bottom 6 inches of the stump and leave it in the ground. Cover it up or just forget about it. A year later (maybe before) you can just pull up the stump because it has died and rotted. Much easier than trying to dig out those plants that were in the wrong place, or -- as in our case -- we have trash trees that the birds re-seed everywhere. If we don't catch them as seedlings, they can become full little trees with a taproot you never get out. This has become the easiest way to deal with this problem. Good luck ! the patio looks lovely !

    patty

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