Aah, Monday. You came too fast.

I know many of you wonder, “Where does that mad woman get her inspiration?  What adorable cute desk or chaise lounge does she compose her most endearing posts?”  Well folks, question no longer.  I present you my throne:

Oh, and that would be Fat Boy.  Yes, my friends.  That little stool is my spot while I type away and play w/  my Madpie during her bath.  Cute, ain’t it?  (In case you were wondering, we can’t keep the toilet paper in the holder b/c Mr. Fatboy and his gang like to shred it to pieces.

Anyway, where was I?

First let me thank everyone who commented on library challenge.  I had a total of 49 comments/tweets. Well, since I didn’t meet my goal, I can at least double YOUR efforts, right?  $100 to the San Leandro library.   And thank you Jenn Hubbard for such a great idea!

So wanna know what I did this weekend?

Mad and I went for a lovely stroll to the coffee shop where I got a Chai latte.  I’m going to have to find that darn tea again so I can make these at home.  On the way coming and going, I was really inspired by the “desirable” neighborhood’s landscaping.  Just what I need to get this weekend started.

Then a friend, Mad and I went to a wonderful garden exchange.  We’ve been a quite a few times, even the Mad (in utero!) and we always are pleased with the results.  I took lots on knick knack pots the Hubs had been pestering me to get rid of, a few tomato cages (b/c I really only need one!) some stepping stones and some plant food.  (I’m always good at bringing the NON-plant stuff to these things….don’t ask me to give up my babies!).  This exchange is really organized.  They block off the parking for half the block for drop-offs and pick ups.  We pulled up and are immediately swarmed by people to unload the back on my truck.

An awesome thing happened.  As these lovely helpers were unloading my truck, my GF was right there as an ENTIRE flat of flowers were being set out.  Oh yeah, she grabbed them, threw them in the back of the truck and we sped off to find parking.

We casually returned w/ Mad strapped in the Bjorn (amazing she still fits in that thing and that I am still strong enough to carry her.)  Our booty included a yucca, some tropical plants whose name escapes me and a Christmas cactus, for me and for GF, she got some interesting things, some small pots for starting seeds and who knows what else.  It gets pretty crazy.  Its really tight, lots of plants and lots of turnover.  You never know what you’ll find and each table was constantly getting restocked with something new.  I usually have to walk away.

So I came home and got to work in the yard.  Wanna see what I got done?

This was that raised bed w/ the Maple a few weeks ago:

Here it is now, technically not done but getting there…I need a few more liriope and Hubs needs to work on the lighting.  (I spent quite a bit of time getting that area more level, putting in more plant friendly soil, laying down weed block and spreading mulch.  I left the area closest to the wall mulch- and weed block- free so I could put the grasses in next weekend.)

We spent a good amount of time looking for patio furniture and the hunt is still on, darn it.

Because I like to be dramatic, here is a BEFORE before pic of our patio.

I’m cheating a little bit.  This was the patio last year, before we paved it.  The color is supposed to resemble terra cotta.  It was originally half beige, half peeling pink.  First we tried to resurface it and then we lost our minds and did this:

 Next weekend?  Gotta make new cushions for those love seats.  We actually bought them for the original back corner patio (where the Hubs was hanging out) but we since decided we want a sectional back there.  These guys have been abused, ignored at a garage sale and almost thrown out by the curb until I got a bright idea to use the pads from the old cushions to make new ones.  Now, does anyone know how to sew?

Oh and the fence you ask?  The one that looked like this:

What would you say to this?

Thanks to Bro-in-Law who helped out the Hubs a couple of weeks ago to finish that project. And yes, we were able to use a significant amount of the old fencing.  I think we’ve repaired 2/3 of the fencing for our back yard for under $300 (maybe less!)  That’s a whole lot better than the $3K the fence people wanted to replace it.  Another delightful results:  the bits of rotted (redwood) fence we couldn’t use?  I craiglisted them to a gal who is going to build raised planting  beds!  How is that for some green awesomeness?  Now I just need to get those palms in the ground and maybe buy a few more.  I’m still shuddering from the site of what was behind that fence!

And the free flowers….with a few more I picked up:

Next on the to do list?  Fix the stucco right there and just maybe replace that hideous basement door!  Oh yeah, the hubs built the deck.  I’ll save that story for another time.

What did you guys do?

15 Responses to Aah, Monday. You came too fast.
  1. BLissed-Out Grandma
    March 29, 2010 | 10:21 am

    Holy cow, you were a busy lady! What did I do? I wrote a post that refers to a conversation we had, but without naming you because I wasn't sure that I should. Check it out. But what did become of the beige house? From all your new landscaping, it seems like maybe you're not moving just now?

  2. BLissed-Out Grandma
    March 29, 2010 | 10:22 am

    Oh, and I love the landscaping and the lovely blog office. I've never gone to a plant exchange, but it's clear that I should!

  3. Lifebeginsat30ty
    March 29, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Wow, someone was productive! And that gardening exchange sounds wonderful! It's times like these that I miss my house :( I love seeing before and after photos. Especially when I don't have to do the work :D

    I went to a kite festival down at The Mall. Imagine hundreds of kits flying around the Washington Monument! Good times :)

  4. The Pursuit of Mommyness
    March 29, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    Yeah Monday came fast, but look what you accomplished! You're inspiring! Thanks so much for linking up to POM's Connect MEme Monday, I can't wait to check out your 2 recommended blogs!


  5. Vic
    March 29, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    Crazy Busy Woman! I love ur thrown=D I miss my own back yard:( and my brother coming to help with the handy man stuff! Have a great week!:)

  6. Aphrodite's Mortal Friend (ME)
    March 29, 2010 | 3:45 pm

    Ummm well I had a sleepover with 17 ten year old girls- and I'm still recovering. I like what you did ;-) Followin now from Connect MEme Monday- stop by my place when you can!

  7. Coffeypot
    March 29, 2010 | 7:48 pm

    Very nice job on the patio and fencing. You hire out?

  8. Sweet & Sassy Gals
    March 30, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    Thats one good looking bathroom you have there.

  9. Sweet & Sassy Gals
    March 30, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    Thats one good looking bathroom you have there.

  10. The mad woman behind the blog
    March 30, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    B-O-G We're waffling on staying another year here. Most of what we've done is for resale (that fence wouldn't have lasted thru spring.)
    And yes, the blog office. Crazy how much time I spend there.

    LB@30 NOW who's jealous. One, I LOVE the Mall and the Mad and I would have LOVED the kites. Every fly one of those really big ones? FUN!!!

    POM: I might have cheated a litte AND Mother Nature was very helpful.

    Thanks Vic! Yes, w/ the kid we need all the help we can get. Before kid, we could have knocked this out in the morning!

    Aphrodite's ME: I am NOT jealous. Have you seen a mental health care professional?

    Coffeypot: Will do work in exchange for free chiropractic care!

    Sweet and Sass: Thanks. Its the one room in which we've done the least work.

  11. joeygirl
    March 30, 2010 | 10:48 pm

    i don't like cats, but i like that first picture.
    i also think a toilet paper incident with the cats would make another fun image.

  12. Jessica
    March 31, 2010 | 2:32 pm

    I get the liquid Oregon Chai from Trader Joe's. They also have their own brand of a powdered mix (I prefer the liquid).

    Your yard looks great!

  13. otherworldlyone
    March 31, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    I love the throne, your yard, and your patio. Jealous face.

    You guys did a great job.

  14. MissKris
    March 31, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    "Weekend Warrriors", anyone?! This post and these photos remind me so much of one of the HGTV programs I watched frequently when we had that channel…it made me chuckle! First time visitor here…I came from…somewhere?? I lost track but I read a comment you left and it intriged my curiosity so here I am! :-D Enjoyed my visit.

  15. The mad woman behind the blog
    April 1, 2010 | 12:18 am

    JoeyGirl: The toilet paper problem makes me like my cats less. But I have too much guilt from declawing previous cats to do it to these guys.

    Thanks Jessica and I do love TJs, will have to give it a try.

    OWO: You wouldn't be so jealous if you had the Hubs creaky knees for all of that work. Do you think I should bedazzle the throne? Give it more presence?

    MissKris: Thank you for coming by. I am an HGTV addict. I am most certain that we would get more done if we didn't spend 2 hours each weekend morning watch it! But it is good for inspiration. (And I'm quite pleased that someone found something I said intriguing, YEAH!)

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