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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Company Girl Coffee: Backyard Beautification

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Company Girl Coffee: Backyard Beautification

Hello, Company Girls and other blogging friends!

This week seems to have flown right on by, at least to me!

One of my favorite projects this week involved working out in the yard.  The warmer temps have had us itching to get outside! We already knew that we wanted to buy a grill for out back and some patio furniture, but there was one glaring problem:

The nasty, nasty condition of the patio.

It's clear to me that RD spent very little, if any, time in the backyard prior to our moving in.  I'm talking about years and years worth of mud dried onto the concrete, along with pine needles and old leaves.  Clearly as part of our Backyard Beautification Project, something needed to be done about this!

So the neighbors across the street were kind enough to lend us their pressure washer! Of course they've been kind enough to do many, many other things - they're truly the nicest people I've ever met.  Constantly giving.

There's a "before" picture.  See how grimy it looked! And there's Rob in the beginning stages of the work.

See the difference? It's amazing!


Anyway, it was soon determined (by me) that I had way more patience for this task than Rob did, so I offered to take over while he used a scrub brush on a long stick to make the job a little easier.  But it really wasn't necessary - it would just have to be a long job.  So he went into the garage to put together the patio furniture while I veeeeeeeery slowly washed the patio.  Veeeeeeeery slooooooowly.

By the way, and this is just a friendly public service message: If ever you find yourself barefoot and pressure washing a patio, KEEP THE SPRAY OF WATER AWAY FROM YOUR FEET!

It might hurt.  A little.

End of message.

Anyway, here's how it looked after!

It looks like an actual patio again! I cannot express the pride we both felt at the sight of our clean concrete.

I also cannot adequately express the spaghetti arms I had afterward.  I felt like I'd been lifting weights for two hours.  But it was worth it!

So on Wednesday, to celebrate and let's face it, because he was too eager to wait any longer, Rob grilled some burgers for dinner.

He also got a little saucy and cooked bacon on the side burner.  Show-off.

In case you didn't know already, frying bacon smells good.  I wish I had Smell-o-Vision to share it with you.

In honor of the first day of spring, we'll be having my family over on Saturday for burgers and hot dogs.  We're really looking forward to it! Rob's so happy to be playing host for once.  And as I've stated previously, he'd been just about ready to explode from grilling desire.  Now he can grill to his heart's content!

I hope everyone had a good week and wish everyone a fantastic weekend!

PS - When the patio was finished Rob said, "You only did this yourself so you can blog about it".  And I laughed because I had been planning to post on it anyway, regardless of who actually did the work.  And then he said in this whiny voice, "Myyyyy husband is sooooo laaaaaazy! I had to do it aaaaaall by myyyyyyself!".  That was the best laugh I had all day!

But now that I'm thinking about it...maybe he's right...   ;-)



Blogger dax248 said...

Wow! That pressure washer sure did a great job on the gunk! Yay! Also, I know what you mean about the warm temps and it being nice outside. I am happy Spring is here!

March 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Hey whatever works! The patio looks beautiful and I can smell that bacon cooking.

March 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Blogger Linda said...

Amazing how some pressure washing can change a patio this much. Good job! Those hamburgers with bacon look so good!!!

March 18, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Blogger Heather said...

What a transformation! Amazing! I love my pressure washer - so handy for all sorts of jobs big and small! Concrete cleaning is on my top 10 list for outdoors too - but the weather needs to warm up a bit before we get out the hoses! I want to stain our concrete this summer - but I hear it's a big job!

March 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Blogger Diane said...

Mmm, bacon!

One hard day's work, and you have a beautiful space you can enjoy three seasons of the year - I'd call that a great investment.

March 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Blogger Stephenie said...

Nice job. Your patio looks great! We had burgers on the grill last night for dinner. Bring on the warmer weather.

March 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Blogger mholgate said...

What a great transformation! :) Your post made me want to BBQ, but alas, ours is on the fritz.

Have a great weekend! Enjoy your new, clean patio!


March 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Blogger Shawna R. B. Atteberry said...

Hooray for you clean patio! It looks great. And I hope you get to grill and entertain to heart's content this coming spring and summer.

March 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Blogger Aiming4Simple said...

The patio really was transformed, and now you get to enjoy it for many months. Bravo! Your husband sounds somewhat like my husband. He wonders how many activities people do just so they can blog about them. I, however, appreciate the accountability and the community spirit that blogging can bring. Amen?

March 19, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Blogger UKZoe said...

Wish I could use a pressure washer. We don't have an outside tap and the one in the kitchen is shaped such that hoses sometimes fall off mid flow, and that means water flying all over the kitchen for a second or two.

March 20, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The PS is so funny. =p Great job on the patio. I hope you enjoy the BBQ!

March 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Blogger bashtree said...

Great job on the patio. I might have to go fry up some bacon now, just to get the smell!

March 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Blogger Deborah said...

Wow by the time I reached the close of your post I was ready to sit down and eat. :D That pressure washer did a great job. I love spring and working in my yard with my husband. We live on a pond and have so many migrating birds to watch this time of year. It is glorious. :)

March 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Blogger Ashley said...

Alright... I'm definitely hungry now! :-D Yeah for a usable and CLEAN patio!!

March 23, 2010 at 5:35 PM


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