Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dinner guests

Nothing like knowing that 6 people are coming over for dinner to motivate us to get things done around here!  During this week, we grouted and hubby sealed the new bathroom floor.  Saturday, with only 2 trips to Lowe's, he reinstalled the toilet and installed the new vanity, sink, and faucet.  I ran to the store to get a new hand towel and was on clean up crew (sounding like a familiar position for me yet?).  We are quite proud of the finished product:

Friday after work, we headed back out to Meyer's greenhouse to get some more plants for the courtyard.  We picked up 2 purple encore azaleas (which are done blooming for the moment - sad), a knockout rose topiary, and some wave petunias and geraniums.  We got home and got to planting!  Mom and Dad stopped by to see bathroom progress, and Dad stepped in for the planting of the rose topiary, since I did it completely backwards (added way too much potting soil BEFORE putting in the gallon-size root ball... oops).  Mom oversaw hubby's placement and planting of the azaleas.

There's now a wave petunia where there used to be dead Johnny Jump Ups and grass...

The two azaleas flank the Carolina Jasmine, in the middle, complete with trellis (begonias to be added soon).

The knockout roses by the back door are just BEAUTIFUL!

Next to the back door is starting to grow in.  In looks a little strange right now, but my hope is that once everything is up (random plantings that our previous owner had done are springing up), I can fill in so that the whole area is completely full of flowers!

This is now what you see when you walk into the courtyard from the gate - the knockout rose topiary in the large green container (which is plastic but looks amazingly ceramic), a geranium in the smaller green container, and the tall planter has a geranium and wave petunias.  Winston is even headed toward the gate, which is where you will find him if he happens to be outside when you come visit!

So, Saturday, we literally cooked and cleaned all day.  Construction supplies got shoved in closets and brought upstairs (as in, stored in attic), everything got dusted, floors were cleaned, bathrooms were cleaned, kitchen was destroyed with cooking explosions and then cleaned up, kitchen cabinets were even cleaned!  By 6, I was exhausted, but it was so worth it.  It was awesome to have room for everyone to comfortably congregate in the kitchen...

And fill up the dining room...

And pose for pictures in front of the fireplace!

So, today, I'm actually thinking about spending some time sitting down, and hubby has requested a sleep-in day.  I think we deserve some good old R&R!  Welcome, lazy Sunday!!!

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