We have a funny little space between our house and garage that is home to a very neglected brick patio. I so much want to have a cute outdoor dining space, but it seemed so daunting to tackle all this. Ready to be horrified? Here is the "Before" shot - an overgrown disaster:
One day I just sat myself on the ground and started weeding it (life lesson: just start somewhere) and have been working really hard to get it into a non-embarrassing state. Eli took the mower into that little back area that is like a mini-lawn. With the jungle of grass mowed, there was just endless weeding. Darby was pretty unhelpful, though she did keep me company.
There were a bunch of mini maple trees growing along the edge if the house:
And this ridiculous "beanstalk"weed - I don't know if you can tell how big it is in this photo, but it's as tall as I am):
I worked on it little by little, for an hour each day after work, and started making progress.