Friday, July 21, 2017

The best I can do

I was going to tell you about my tomato plant that one of the customers at work gave me. I tried to take a picture with my phone and it didn't turn out too well and I didn't have the ambition to try again.

Standing in for the real thing is this one

So this tomato plant that I got hasn't grown much at all. A while back when we got all the rain, the pot it was in got overy saturated. But still it lived. It got 2 teeny tiny buds on it that looked like they shriveled up and died. Right now it has two teeny tiny tomatoes on it. They look like they are about the size of a pea. When he gave me the plant he told me it was supposed to produce 6 lb. tomatoes.  Those babies have a long way to go.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Make waves

It's not always a bad thing to make waves. Sometimes you just need to start with a splash and have some fun.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Enjoy the little things

For me some of the little things are taking pictures and then doing edits like this

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thoughts with pictures

If I had a perfectly manicured lawn that was weed free I wouldn't be able to take pictures like this one.

If I took care of pulling all the weeds around the shed I wouldn't see this.

If my shed wasn't such an inviting place for critters to hide and live I wouldn't see things like this ground hog having dinner in my back yard.

Monday, July 17, 2017


More from Saturday

To start with this is the road that leads to the park I went to

The name of the park

I spotted a very steep hill with a worn path. I climbed to the top to see what I could see.

What goes up, must come down. As I started down the hill I questioned whether or not that had been a smart idea. Thankfully I didn't fall. Would I do it again? Probably but next time I wouldn't be wearing flip flops.

These just caught my eye.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A day in the park

Yesterday I took a ride to a park that is located right on lake Erie. I took lots of pictures but won't overload you with too many. I may spread it out over a couple days though.

The one above had a truck parked under that tree on the left. I cropped it a bit and then cloned out the truck. It's not bad if you aren't looking at it real close. Then since I went that far of course I had to go overboard with the editing.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

It is such an honor

I proudly accept the award that was bestowed upon me by Anni of Hootin' Anni's Chronicles.

What is this award you ask and why did I receive it? Well let me tell you about it. The other day I posted the picture of the chipmunk on the wood pile. In the post I mentioned that the little guy was hanging out on the sheds makeshift balcony. Well Anni graciously pointed out to me that I missed the letter f in the word makeshift. I almost died laughing when I read the comment she left me. To make it even better she made me my own special award which not only am I going to show you in this post but it is now proudly displayed at the top of my sidebar.

Thanks Anni

When you stop and think about it makeshit is kind of what I do. Normally I makeshit in my craft room instead of an outhouse but well, an outhouse could be convenient some days.

Friday, July 14, 2017

I tried something new

I didn't take a picture until I was finished. Briefly, I started with an 8x10 stretched canvas. I painted then added a photo that I printed. Added a little more paint here and there then some words that on one were printed from the computer, on the other it was hand written.

This is my daughter's cat Ace. I did this one using a saying she had posted on facebook. She said her favorite colors were pink, blue and green so I used a little bit of all three when I did the background. I also framed the picture of Ace by glueing on some green jute twine that I had.

This one of Gibbs I started by applying masking tape in a crumply fashion to the outer edges. The tape wasn't sticking down well enough so I added a layer of tissue paper to hold it all in better. Next I painted the whole thing black then added other colors to highlight the wrinkles I added the picture of Gibbs then fisnished it with his name. The capital G was cut from my cricut machine then I traced around the G on a piece of brown card, wrote out the rest of his name and then cut around it all. I added the glitter to all but the first letter then I glued on the die cut letter.

Both need a sealant sprayed on them but I don't have any until I get to the store. That won't change the look of them so for the picture  they were done.

I had fun doing these and may try with some other pictures.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Where's Dale?

I was out on the deck the other day and looking back at the wood pile next to our deck I couldn't figure out what was sitting on top of it. I went in to get the camera so I could get a better look.

I don't know if this guy was visiting the rabbit family or if he's moved in as well but he was quite content hanging out on the shed's makeshit balcony.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

till the cows come home

I went in search of information on the phrase "till the cows come home". First I didn't put a whole lot of effort in to my search. Second I didn't find much information. Pretty much as many may know, it means a long time. As for the origin, there didn't seem to be much information on that that I found. I suppose you could say you'll be waiting till the cows come home to learn any more about the phrase from me. You won't have to wait to see a picture of cows though.

Moove over because I have one here for you. I drove down a back road after I dropped Gibbs off at the groomer Monday. When I saw these cows I stopped to say hello

Me being me, I played with it. Not a huge difference but it looks more like a painting now than a photo.

What is it that you'll be waiting for till the cows come home?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

He feels like a new dog

A little before and after today.

Before going to the groomer. He looked scruffy but he's been worse and if you remember Duke you know he definitely would get worse looking than this.

OK Gibbs, time for the big entrance. 

You look good Gibbs I don't know why you look so grumpy.

Maybe you just weren't ready yet. Now you look happy. 

Gibbs says he may look like a new dog but he's not giving up any of his old tricks.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dinner and a dog

That's what you get from me today.

Hamburger, pasta salad and baked beans served on a very patriotic paper plate

It's not the whole dog but a close up of his face in black and white with some posterization done to the picture

It's off to the groomers this morning so Mr Gibbs will be looking quite spiffy later on today.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just an ordinary day

There was nothing about yesterday that really stood out from all the other days. It was pretty typical. The weather wasn't bad but it wasn't spectacular. It hovered around 70 with a cool breeze and a sky that looked like it wanted to rain.

There was no activity in the pool. The rafts congregated at one end awaiting better days for someone to enjoy them.

The fish thermometer hung by the steps waited for someone to come check the water temperature.

And little dogs sat looking rather sad that there was no activity going on.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

For lack of something better

I had nothing for today. Not only did I not have any  material, I didn't even have the motivation to. I turned to the take a word challenge blog for a theme which was summer flowers. Next stop was my favorite site for free pictures. Then it was off to photoshop elements to put it all together.

I'm pretty sure I could have done better but this will work for now.

Friday, July 7, 2017

What day is it

While Chicago's song wants to know if anybody really knows what time it is, I want to know if anybody knows what day it is.

I can look at the calendar and tell you exactly what the date is but with everyone's work schedules all screwed up this week most of the days have felt like others. Tuesday felt like Sunday, Wednesday felt like Saturday and Thursday felt like Wednesday. Hopefully next week I can get it all back in sync again.

Last weekend while lounging about I had some fun with my cell phone taking pictures through facebook. I love all the fun things you can do with pictures. If you follow me on facebook then you probably already saw these but here they are again.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A most awesome day

What a great day it was yesterday. I started with a cup of coffee and my tablet out on the deck. From there I went out and did a little shopping then home for a little pool time.

Someone else got in on the action  too.

I didn't notice until after I had the video uploaded to youtube that I had a typo in the title. It was supposed to be takes a dip not taked. Oh well the action is still the same. Did you hear the little whine right before he jumped in? That was because someone was standing on the other side of the pool.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Home grown

Do you know what this is?

I've seen articles in several places about how you can regrow certain things. One of them was celery. What I read told you to plant the bottom part that you cut off but I don't recall if it said to put it right in dirt or put in water.
As an experiment, the last time I cut up celery I put the bottom in a little dish of water. If I was wrong and it didn't work I wasn't out anything. To my surprise it started growing.

This from a person with 2 brown thumbs. Of course there's still plenty of time for me to kill this but it'll be interesting to see what it does.

If I keep it up I'll be just like Sandra's Bob growing all kinds of things in buckets. I could have my own backyard jungle. Well at least until winter hits.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Today we celebrate Independance day in the U.S. But if you live somewhere else you can still have a splendid 4th of July.

I'll be heading off to work this morning but only until 10:30 then I have the rest of the day and all day tomorrow off.  Hope you enjoy your day.

Monday, July 3, 2017

In the yard part 2

Yesterday I was in the front yard today I'll take you to the back yard. I had just filled the bird feeder and hung two new suet cakes and the birds were quite happy.

I was rather excited when I saw the ones that were dining together. I've spotted the blue jay several times but have never been quick enough with the camera to catch him. Today was the day.

It's not the best picture so I thought I would play with it and see if I could make it look better

I eliminated the distracting poles and worked on making it look more like a painting. I still thought that the flag in the top center was a bit of a distraction so removing that was the last step.

And it's finished.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

In the yard

Yesterday started out as a very rainy day and after the rain stopped it was just a lazy day. I did get out in the yard with the camera for a bit though. I have two things to show you but I'll only give you one today and save the other for tomorrow.

The last couple years the hydrangea bush in my front yard has not not done well. One year it didn't bloom at all and the other it only had 2 flowers on it. About a month ago I noticed that it didn't look real healthy and I was afraid it wasn't going to do well again this year.  Well to my surprise, when I walked around the house yesterday I saw that it is green and lush and blooming like crazy. It's going to be loaded with flowers this year.

I should have backed off and taken a picture of the whole plant but didn't think of it until I was getting these pictures ready. A post for another day maybe.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Goodbye June Hello July

Half a year gone already. Time sure does fly. Since we ended June with Gibbs I thought we would start July with him as well

I give you Gibbs in black and white,

Gibbs in sepia,

and Gibbs in color

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