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Concrete Trough Water Feature

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Our backyard water feature is still in progress, but here are the steps that got us to this point:



First sketches of a water trough and how it might tie into the retaining wall. We had to step down the wall and already had these notches where the level changes happened. It seemed one of those “aha” moments when the thought occurred to put a steel channel spout at the notch above the water trough.

Here’s my first sketch trying to work out how the water circulation would work.

I faxed the sketch to Teresa at Hill Country Water Gardens and she graciously fine tuned it and sent it back to me. I had thought to run the pvc inside the concrete but Teresa’s recommendation was to run it all on the surface for easy access. It definitely cuts down the “oops” factor — concrete is pretty permanent. I had also thought the pump could be behind the retaining wall but it turns out it has to be inside the water and also has an optional filter attached to it.

I especially like my note, “they have a lady who can come out and do this…”


Here are the guys pouring concrete.

On a different note, on the tv show “Bones” there was a great moment when someone refers to concrete as cement and Brennan corrects him, saying no, cement is a component of concrete.

I always want to correct people when they say cement but usually let it go because nobody cares. The guy’s response on the show is exactly what I would expect in real life — annoyance, bewilderment (like, why are you wasting my time) and disgust — well, maybe not that bad.

Grasshopper Ottoman

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

We are thinking about this ottoman, offered by Modernica, designed by Eero Saarinen (goes with the grasshopper chair – which we are not getting). Kerri at Modernica was super helpful and is sending us samples of the walnut wood finish and a variety of fabrics in a neutral gray to off white range. I’m hoping that we can get a mohair fabric (ummm…plush).


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We would get a pair of them to replace these k-mart target specials (see below). I think they were like $15, or something. I gotta say, the cats have gotten 4 years of good use out of them. But don’t they look like they belong in a college dorm?


On the other hand, jojo is on this thing like 70% of his day so we may have to keep one tucked away somewhere for him. He needs his own room with all his kitty crap!



Here’s the version of the stool that we are going to order. I photoshoped it!

Hill Country Water Gardens

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Here are some pictures from our visit to Hill Country Water Gardens. The lily pads are so adorable.


These are HUGE – like 2 ft diameter and the stalk and underside have thorny barbs. They’re pretty amazing.



They sell koi and goldfish (above). I believe the difference is the koi just keep growing and growing.



Crossing the bridge.

Gardens and Succulents!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Ever since I posted those pictures by Alex I’ve been reluctant to post anything else… it seeemed to me that nothing would top those pictures as far as our house was concerned. Anyway, there hasn’t been much going on either.

But here I am again!~ I have created a new page called “Glamour Shots” where Alex’s photos will have a permanent home and I am going to get this blog moving again.

Exciting news is that we are going to be on this fall’s AIA Homes Tour! More to follow on that later.

This upcoming event has finally kicked Scott and me into some action, especially regarding the landscaping. This is the landscaping plan that we are working with and Colleen from Red Wheelbarrow will help us implement it.


I’ve also ordered a tray of 20 mixed succulents from Annie Appleseed in Pleasant Hill, CA. These will give you an idea of what they will look like. Like candy!


Today Scott and I went out to Hill Country Water Gardens and purchased the water pump. They have several beautiful ponds set up with lots of great water plants and koi and goldfish as well. If you are thinking of putting in a water feature it is well worth a trip up to Cedar Park.

Our big decision is whether to have a living pond (w/ water lilies and goldfish) or a fountain that will feature the water and water movement as the star attraction.

I will post some pics of the ponds later.

Lastly, here’s just a random (and precious!) picture of Rocket’s damp little nose. It wouldn’t be out of place in that succulent garden I think.

Ta da! (part 2)

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

My brother-in-law, Alex, took these pics of the house over the holidays and they look great! Check it out. Thanks Alex!