Here's what it looked like when I moved in:
So I went in and pulled up on the weeds so it was just dirt. Then a few weeks ago, Dad and I started on the patio. Basically it involved laying down a gravel base and putting 42 1-by-1 foot pavers juuuuust right. Then he built a frame around it to lock it in place and I'm filling in the seams with sand. Here's what it looked like yesterday:
Sorry about the fuzziness and crazy angle... I snapped it through the screen just before I left the house.
SO... today I went out to Lowes and spent about $200 on rock, flower pots (and a few other things for my balcony) etc. So here's how the backyard looks now:
Yes it's true! The very leftmost part of my yard has rock (I also laid down some of that fabric stuff to keep weeds from growing) and planters, most of which need plants but, you know, one thing at a time. By the way, up above the tan planter, about the middle of the fence, is where that carpenter bee lives. I call him Mayor Bee. That reminds me, I should have heard from the pest control guy by now. Grr.
The right ride of the yard doesn't really look any different but here's what I'm planning.
And on the other side, my plans:
Wow, I'm tired all over again just thinking about it!
ETA: Oh I forgot the pictures of my balcony. Not much, but I put up some edging so I can let the cats out onto it (the edging blocks the gap that might have given them a bad idea) and a plant stand and I planted the flowers myself! *beams*