Good morning! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Here, in the PNW, the weather is perfect. The sun is shining and it is about 61 degrees.
I insisted being productive yesterday and I ripped up our slate patio and put in a retaining flower bed wall. I wanted to bring out the bed from the fence to make it much wider and contain the slate tighter. Right now, the slate has about 3 to 5 inches between each one. I want less than that I have decided.
My husband sighed.
We have a large patio just off the deck, rather than have yard, I wanted all patio and greenery…no grass. Our patio is made of slate and each slate, range in size from 10 inches to about 2 feet or larger and the large ones weigh about 60 pounds or more each. Each piece is awkward to move, lift, and difficult to carry since each piece has a shape of its own and the edges are sharp.
He said, “This is the 5th time you’ve reconstructed the patio”.
“I know, but it’s not how I want it quite yet”.
He shook his head, “Don’t come crying to me when you’re hurtin’ tomorrow”.
“I won’t. I think we need more slate”.
“How about you figure the patio first, then we’ll talk buying more slate”.
See, I am trying to created a place of seclusion. A place of peace. When we come home from work, a place where we can sit amongst lush gardens and serenity. Our backyard is not there.
“I don’t want the retaining wall straight”, I tell him.
“What? How do you want it”?
“I want to snake it. Then, I can plant within the wall and outside of the wall. I don’t want it symetrical”.
He just looks at me.
My husband is such a good sport. He knows my ideas are crazy, but in the end he always loves it. He knows I have an eye for design. He always tries to get me to draw it out first, but I tell him no. It’s in my head how I want it to look. He goes along with it, sometimes hesitant but is happy with the end results. And he knows I won’t let it be until it’s perfect.
I could never hire a contractor or a landscaper because it would be a long, way to telling them exactly what I want and they would end up firing me.
Below is a picture of it unfinished, as you can see the snake of retaining wall. I want to add a couple of patio trees but he won’t let me buy anymore plants until I get this patio thing finished.
I have a long way to go, it’s only May. My goal is to complete it, with plants AND frog pond by end of summer. And when it’s complete, I will need another large project. But I don’t know what.
And yes, my body is screaming pain today. But I won’t admit it to you-know-who….