My BFF “G” was up visiting this Friday and Saturday. I wasn’t a very good hostess, as I was tired from overtime hours at work, but “G” is very sweet and understanding. We shopped for a bit, and then took naps, and then had pizza. Very low-key. I had 3 boxes from Penney’s that had curtain rods and drapery panels (never used) in them that I was getting rid of. “G” asked if she could have them to donate to a fund-raiser at home, and I said sure. One less trip to Goodwill for me.

“G” stopped to see her Mom on the way home and showed her the draperies, which, it turned out, weren’t draperies after all. They were clothes I must have mail ordered from Penney’s about the same time as the draperies. Never opened the box, which was dated 2008. How embarrassing! I told her they’re too small for me now, donate them or give them to your sister-in-law. She gave them to her sister-in-law. So where are the drapes (also never opened)? That still puts me at 124 bags/ boxes, but where are those damn drapes?

No.2 Sis came over Saturday afternoon to help me work on the house. We were originally going to try to finish the Throne Room, but it was so nice out that we got started on the patio furniture instead. It was quite rusty, so we sanded the chairs and put 2 coats of primer on them. Well, it was lilac spray paint with primer in it. The lilac color was vetoed by all my sisters and girlfriends, so I folded in the face of such strong opposition. I’m using the lilac for the primer, and I got some cobalt blue for the finishing coats.

I thought of the cobalt after No.2 Sis asked me how I wanted the patio to feel. I remember visiting Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh, Morocco, and I was so blown away by it. It was green and turquoise and cobalt and yellow and SO VIVID! I knew that’s how I wanted my patio to feel as much as possible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majorelle_gardens

This is how the patio looked before starting the painting. Sad.

Patio, before.

Patio, before.

Here’s a close-up of the furniture. It was red when I bought it 10 years ago. It’s lived outside summer and winter, so I’m kind of surprised it isn’t rusted through. You’ll be so impressed when it’s done.

Patio furniture.

Patio furniture.

Stay tuned…