“Shadow on Asphalt”

"Shadow on Asphalt" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Shadow on Asphalt” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Tree Houses – Take 3










tree house with bicycle elevator-Idaho-co.uk




Yellow Treehouse Restaurant-New Zealand-boredpanda.com


Thanks to Evie Zimmerman, trendingly.com

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Raised Bed Gardening Progress

Yesterday my husband and I got so overheated doing our errands that once we cooled off in the house, we both slept for an hour or so in our chairs. When we awoke, the sky was looking darker than was usual for 7pm, so we went out to find that a cool front apparently had swooped in while we were asleep, and the temperature was in the high 80s, rather than over 100!

We took advantage of this and got the third raised bed garden box installed in the garden.



This picture shows you that the garden is now equally divided between ‘regular’ square foot garden on the right (North) and raised bed square foot garden on the left (South).



This picture is taken from the West end of the garden, looking East, so you get an idea of the three 4’x4′ wooden raised bed garden boxes on metal supports on the south side of the garden. Each box is filled with Mel’s Mix (vermiculite, peat moss, and three or more kinds of compost. We use mushroom, barnyard, and cotton burr.) The screws you see sticking up on the edges of the box are for string to be stretched across from both directions to create the square foot planting areas. We put 1×2’s across the whole length of the three boxes to support the sprinkler in the center of each box and the hose lengths going from one sprinkler to the next.




This is a close up of one of the sprinklers. We can adjust these so that all the squares are getting a good amount of water and the whole system is on a timer.



As you can see, the metal supports didn’t allow for the boxes to be at exactly the same level as the others. We settled for LEVEL at whatever height that was. You can also see here that I need to mix more Mel’s Mix tonight to fill up the third box. I also need to spread wood chips under the three raised bed boxes.

We’re now almost ready to plant the fall garden! I’ll be limited by whatever the locals have for sale, but I’m mainly hoping to be able to plant two or three different kinds of lettuce, spinach, radishes, and whatever else is available, such as broccoli, squash, cauliflower, etc. I’ll watch for our locals to start selling plants and I can jump right in and get things planted for the fall, letting the summer garden go as long as it wants.



This is the north side of the garden now. I’ve propped up the tomato plants as well as possible after they all went down (cages and all) during the last big storm. I have a lot of greenery, but not much in the way of actual harvest-able veggies.  I’m still hoping for cucumbers, a couple of different kinds of squash, some melon, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. to make.


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Tomato Harvest July 24, 2016


These are the tomatoes I picked this morning. I should have picked yesterday because several tomatoes had been found and sampled by birds. It is so hot now (heat index of ONLY 130.8 degrees F today) that the plants are drying up in spite of being on the irrigation system and getting lots of water daily. I’m hoping we get more, but am reminding myself not to get TOO greedy…

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Fabulous Fountains – Take 3


Pineapple Fountain_Carolina_USA-www.hellotravel.com




The Fountain of Wealth-Suntec City-Singapore




Versailles Park & Fountains-France-www.kineticfountains.com



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I’m Getting the Itch






Judit Saez

I’ve been distracted lately. My poor brain is going non-stop, during the day and in my dreams at night, thinking about button designs I might create on some solid color tees I have in my art room.

I haven’t gone up to my art room in at least a couple of months due to the huge amount of work I’ve been trying to keep up with outside since spring. My brain is going to push me to spend time now in the afternoons – when you fry like an egg when you step outside – to get started on the fun of diving in and seeing what I can create.

I’ve done a bit of button art in the past, and I’ve learned to have a healthy respect for button artists. Even if you have all the materials needed and he greatest buttons in the world, it does NOT mean you can do anything with them.  One tends to look at this nice artwork and think, “I could do that!” You can, and you should, have a lot of fun doing this, but should NOT expect to be able to create anything like what you see in images. If you try it, I would love to compare images and notes. We can get each other excited about new things to try!

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“Bucharest – Dambovita River At Night”

"Bucharest - Dambovita River at Night" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Bucharest – Dambovita River at Night” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Gorgeous Gourds – Take 4






Artwork made from gourds by Kathy Olds at her Yakima condominium Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Kathy Olds via Andy Sawyer, Yakima Herald-Republic


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Furry Logic


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A Heat Index of WHAT?

Our temperature this afternoon is supposed to reach at least 100 degrees. Our humidity is 61%. Just for giggles, I decided to look up the heat index (what it FEELS like) and it said 131 degrees F.   WHAT!

My husband and I have been going out about 8pm and doing what we can in the garden. Last night we got the metal support up for the 3rd raised garden bed box! Tonight we’ll try to put the wooden garden box into the support and fill it with Mel’s Mix. (At least we can put in the mix that I put in the trash cans. With all the asparagus roots I dug out of the garden, I didn’t come up with nearly as much Mel’s Mix to reuse.).  I may have to wait until Sunday evening to mix up enough to fill the new box. When we get it filled, I’ll take pics.  We also need to change the bulb in a yard light on the shop, if we can.

Meanwhile, if you’re in one of the dangerous or extreme heat areas today, please take care of yourself. Heat stroke is no laughing matter.

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Cats and Dogs – Take 3










Jeff Hanson 368




Jen Pilion


thanks to Emily Davis, trendingly.com

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Button Art – Take 5


Red Fox-etsy.com









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Beautiful Baskets – Take 3




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“A Beauty”

"A Beauty" - Paul Militaru Photography

“A Beauty” – Paul Militaru Photography

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String Art – Take 1



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You Only Had ONE Job… – Take 1











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Falling Plates


Between our shop and our square foot garden, there is a large pile of slag. We use this from time to time around the yard, but mainly we use it as a backdrop for shooting practice. We have been just putting up paper plates using clothes pins, but my husband saw an idea for a “Falling Plates” target in a magazine and decided to make one for us.



It’s basically a really heavy square tube of metal on even heavier stands. He has cut out thick ‘plates’ from metal and attached them so they swing freely from the horizontal tube.



If you manage to shoot a plate, the plate falls backward. The goal is to shoot all four plates in under 4 seconds. Hahahahahahaahhaah! I couldn’t do that if my life depended on it, but it’ll be a fun thing to try.

My husband isn’t sure that his design will work as intended. It may be that the plates won’t fall backwards when we shoot them. It may also be that we shoot ONE, and they ALL fall down at the same time. He’s ready to tweak his design if we can find the time and energy after the sun goes down.

Tonight, though, the plan is to get started trying to install the 3rd raised bed garden box. If we can actually do this, I’ll take pics and share them with you.

Right now the heat index is 115 degrees F., so we’re staying inside until we can move around out there without immediately frying.

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Too Much Reality

Eat Sleep Read-OfftheShelf.com-via Cathy Ruggiero

Eat Sleep Read-OfftheShelf.com-via Cathy Ruggiero

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"Leaves" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Leaves” – Paul Militaru Photography

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3-D Doodles by Joao Carvalho, Brazil – Take 3












Joao Carvallho is 16 years old and is from Brazil.  I’m in awe of his talent.

Thanks to Emily Davis, trendingly.com

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Gorgeous Gourds – Take 3









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Doll Houses – Take 5






Bradford Doll House

Bradford Doll House





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Pressured to Clean!

My husband thinks I’ve gone off the deep end on using our new pressure washer. He may be right, but it’s really satisfying to be able to clearly see where you’ve been. :0)

Here are some before and after pictures. (I realize I’m showing you clearly what a slob I am, but I think you already knew that.)


1000 gallon propane tank before.


Propane tank after.   (I’m thinking of painting this, since the paint is starting to peel. I’m looking for something unique, or at least very colorful).



Concrete pad in front of our garage mid-cleaning.


I finally finished it last night. (My husband then mowed the back yard, spraying it with grass….. :0(  )



Front sidewalk before.


Front sidewalk after.



I didn’t get a pic of the front porch and pad before.

I’m taking a day off from the pressure washing today, since I’m old and my body is telling me I need to spread this out a bit more. I plan to tackle the back sidewalk next.


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Funny Signs – Take 4







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“A Tisket, a Tasket….”

“My kingdom for a gasket.”



We bought a GE Profile French door refrigerator about 7 years ago. We have been delighted with it. Awhile back, though, the pull-out freezer at the bottom started acting wonky. I would try to open it and it would be frozen up, with ice everywhere. Since it’s supposed to be frostless, we knew we had a problem. I thought maybe I just hadn’t gotten it closed well, but after several tests, we decided that the gasket to the freezer had become brittle and wasn’t sealing correctly.

We found a man who would order the gasket for us and come to install it. He called this morning and will be here this afternoon! Once this is done, we’re waiting on a shelf support from which a small part broke off in one of our deicing attempts. Soon, we’ll be fully back in  business. The best part is that the lady I talked to this morning said he could replace the gasket without my having to empty the freezer! Even if she’s wrong, I’m delighted that help is on the way….

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Good Habits

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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“Yellow Rose 1”

"Yellow Rose 1" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Yellow Rose 1” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Fabulous Fountains – Take 2


Dubai fountain-funpicture.org








Fountain of Wealth-Suntec City-Singapore





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Getting the Lard Off Progress Report – 7/20/2016

Lacey3448411 via Emily Davis, trendingly.com

Lacey3448411 via Emily Davis, trendingly.com

It has been almost exactly 11 months since I changed my lifestyle to eating low carb and trying to move more. I’ve been trying to eat 40 grams or less of carbs and 1200 calories or less per day.  It’s easier to stay under the calories goal than the carbs.  Today I’m down 43 lbs and 21 inches.

One of the biggest motivators these days is friends. Monday night we went bowling with 3 long time friends. We see each other most weeks, but both of the women have been very kind to make comments such as, “Linnnnn-daaaaa, you’re getting skinny!” I’m far from skinny.  According to BMI charts and weight charts, a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, and a healthy weight is between 124 and 138 for my height. I’ve been trying to get taller for years. Since that doesn’t seem to be happening, I’ll shoot for losing another 30 lbs.

The most important differences I’ve enjoyed are

  • my blood test numbers are NORMAL for the first time that I can remember. My doc said I didn’t need to take cholesterol meds anymore! My blood pressure, which was barely controlled with one-and-a-half pills, to 140+/90, is now 120/70 with one pill.
  • My hair dresser remarked that my hair was thicker and my skin clearer!
  • I have a lot more energy. In fact, I have to remind myself how old I am in order not to completely overdo and pay for it the following day. (For example, my usual limit on yard work was about half an hour a day. Yesterday I worked a total of 3 hours in three sessions using the pressure washer. I’m planning to take things a bit easier today.)
  • I have noticeably less pain in my hips and knees.

I have to admit that being able to come down three sizes in jeans so far is satisfying. I’m able to wear some tops that have been too small and had just taken up space in my closet for quite awhile, too. I have a couple of nice coats that I’m HOPING I’ll be able to wear again this coming winter…

My main goal is to



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Tree Houses – Take 2


hostel-Kadirs Tree House-Turkey-mnn.com




jack and the beanstalk-Indonesia-mymodernmet.com






Thanks to Evie Zimmerman, trendingly.com

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When a Table is a Work of Art – Take 5


Llana Yaroslavsky








David Gill


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