Monday, November 15, 2010

The Spa

You know what that is peeking over the fence, don't you? 

Uh-huh...the coRncrete dudes!!!  

And that means that something very wabi-sabi is about to go down.  

Mama's been waiting for this little something to happen for a loooong time. 

Oooo, I am sooo happy.

Mario, the wonder dude, working his concrete magic.  

I am fascinated by the process of taking that ugly chunky stuff and making it into such a smooth and silky surface. 

Mario and Carlos did a wonderful job!  

Great guys, great work.  

Oh, I just wish it wasn't such an environmental train wreck. 


I tell myself that I'm offsetting the damage by having such Earth-friendly landscaping.  

Not saying it's true, just sayin' that it helps relieve my guilt.

Kitty paw prints? 


Kitty paw prints in new spa circle? 

Not so cute. 

We only had one casualty with some chicken prints.  

Mario was able to clear them up though.  

Pollos Loco.

I just love, love, love the fire ring.  

Look at that nice fat edge - perfect for putting the old barking dogs up on. 

I'm gonna be found most nights right here...kicked back in the Adirondacks with my feet getting toasty.  

(And having marshmallow goo dripped on them, if I am to be honest.)

Drool, drool, drool.  Seriously, this is my yard?   

Here's the view from the back of the yard.  

We'll have it stained in a few weeks.  

We've decided to go with that dark terra cotta color.  

That's gonna look downright swanky with the dark greens and browns of the house.  

Then the endless landscaping shall commence.  

Seriously, I wish I would wake up in the morning to find that some fabulous landscape designer fairy had come and installed massive amounts of full-sized natives and that they were in full bloom. 

Oh, and that they would stay in full bloom all winter and be magically protected from any freezes.  

Damn, while I'm wishin' I guess I'll just put it out there that I wish that wretched Catalpa tree would disappear too.

Naw, I'm just joshin' ya...I'm  really looking forward to landscaping this whole area of practically solid rock masquerading as soil.



  1. WooHoo! It looks awesome! Can't wait to see what's next.

  2. Amazing! You don't mind if I move into your backyard, do you? Poor catalpa tree though, we had some amazing ones in my yard growing up (this was in Wisconsin though, so they were the northern catalpas). The ones in Austin don't get nearly so large and pretty.

  3. Oh I have missed you so much. I was beginning to give up but here you are and your concrete will give your garden some wonderful boundaries, I think. I would so love to get rid of the grass in my back yard. I am so excited to see what happens next.

  4. I must tell you that, although I really like East Texas mold, mildew and moss, your yard looks so totally amazing!!!
    People around here plant Catalpas so the great fishing worms will
    grow on them. Whole orchards as a matter of fact.
    So it goes.

  5. Ooh la la! It's looking good, and I can't wait to see it with plants. If you bring in a big truckload of soil and spread it around, making little hillocks here and there, you can plant 1 gallons in it without having to pickaxe each hole. Just don't pile up a lot of soil over your tree drip lines unless you want to kill them off (catalpa?).

  6. Oh, this is swank with a capital S! Whoa! I just adore it. Hey, you won't need to water either, so that's pretty environmentally cool. Aw, you should have left one itty bitty kitty and chickie print in to note the day. But I understand. I bet you'll just paint some on!

  7. This is looking super fabulous! I love it, and it'll be really nice all terra cotta-ed out. It's so fun to create the structure around which a garden can grow. I can see the plants now...the bonus of living in our climate is that they grow up and fill in quicker than you think!

  8. WOwee, that is going to look incredible! I can't wait to see more photos. And kitty paw prints, those always make me giggle!

  9. Thanks, y'all! It is lookin' fine back there. Can't wait for the stain., see there, that's JUST what I needed to know! Why didn't I think of that. Would I buy garden soil or just soil soil. Dang, wish I'd done that already to the plants I did install. Spring moving, perhaps. Sigh.

  10. I like to use the expensive but worth it Hill Country Garden Mix at Natural Gardener. It's nice and fluffy with lots of organic material plus decomposed granite for drainage. No weed seeds either. A delivery of several yards is more economical than bringing it home over time in little bags.


  12. I love what you are doing!! Can't wait to see it all done. If you want, I would love to share it on my site too - let me know! So great! - R

  13. I acquired an old claw footed tub that will become my outdoor soaking tub. Questions: 1) How does your tub drain?; 2) How do you fill tbe tub? Please post more photos. Thanks!


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