Foggy Sunrise

I love living in the country with wide open spaces all around.

This foggy sunrise is a good example of what I am talking about this was taken out our backyard and this is a pasture behind us that is about 30 acres. This was taken on Saturday morning.

I have shot so many sunrises of this same location but no two are ever alike. The colors change in the sunrise just like the height of the fog changes and most of the time there is no fog. The colors change depending on the timing of the picture a few minutes can make all the difference in a sunrise or sunset picture.

This is my piece of paradise it is so tranquil and serene and the beauty never ceases to amaze me.

Life is GOOD!

Boxer dog friends

Daisy and Zoee are the best of friends.

They wrestle, play fetch together and they love tug of war. I am so grateful they have each other.

They are BOTH spoiled rotten. Most of the time when I order from Chewy they know the boxes. I think they smell them but anyway they normally get new balls, toys or chews. Well now when I get a box from Amazon there standing there like “what did you get me now” these are some crazy spoiled dogs.

Dogs need plenty of exercise and there is plenty of room to run and play here at our house. Its been so hot we try not to play fetch unless its early a.m. or late p.m. but sometimes Daisy insist on it.

Zoee had a visit a week ago to the vet shes having some enviromental allergies so we are bathing her in a special shampoo for that. In the country who knows what that could be.

Daisy loves her pool and Zoee loves the waterhose I guess that is never going to change. Zoee makes it really hard to water my plants.

The dogs have been on Iiams dog food for a good while. Our daughter was telling me what she feeds the Cane Corsos is the ” Diamond High Energy” it has 24% protein and 20% fat so its good for active dogs. You can get it at the feed stores. They also have a regular one for those not so high energy dogs.

They are in the process of trying this new food out they have had this bag about 1 week. They do not seem to be eating as much of it which tells me they must be getting fuller.

Cost wise the Iiams 33# bag was about $33.00 the Diamond is a 50# bag for $30.00 so its much cheaper and a better quality food. Hopefully it works out.  I wanted to pass this onto all my friends with several dogs.

Sometimes capturing these two on camera can be a challenge but I grabbed a few shots Thursday evening and Friday morning early.

The first picture they both have their eyes shut. Zoee can pull Daisy around when playing Tug of War I have not figured out how. The third picture Daisy was waiting for the ball to be thrown. Last picture Zoee was trying to figure out how to steal the chuck it thrower.

Our Duck Friends

The Black Bellied Whistling Duck were back last weekend.

I was able to get these pictures early a.m. it was so bright outside.

They sat there on this dead tree on the fence line and let me put out food in 4 feeders.

I was only 8-10 foot from them they never budged.

The red ones could be the parents of the rest with the whistling ducks the parents are similar in color. The juveniles did not have their color yet you can tell they were still young.

We mix black oiled sunflower seeds and chicken scratch & all the birds and ducks seem to love it.

Feed the wildlife and enjoy their beauty right in your own backyard. Once they get use to you they will pose for the camera.

These beauties come and go an sometimes come back a few times a day.

Low does CT Lung Scan

I had my low dose CT lung scan # 3 on Tuesday.

This test is a breeze to do maybe 10 minutes at the most but its waiting for the results that is the hardest part. I think that is because I have had breast cancer and I know that there is a chance for recurrance the first 5 years.

I see the pulmonologist later this month for the results of the CT lung scan and my breathing issues. The 2 inhalers and the Asthma medication seem to helping I no longer feel like I am suffocating.

Last group picture

These Cane Corso puppies are 8 weeks old and going to their new homes this weekend.

Everytime I would get focused one pup would go overboard. I had the grandkids putting them back in the wagon and moving quickly so I could take a few pics.

Anyone interested in future  ICCF Registered Cane Corso pups can contact:

Shady Acres Rosharon

Five Years Ago

Today it has been 5 years since my dad passed away.

I took new flowers to the cemetery on Friday.

My dad and I were able to spend some time together while I was taking him back and forth to chemo and radiation. It was just the two of us and that was actually nice. We were able to talk about some things that were on his mind & he knew I would listen.

 I wish you were here so I could say “well dad you were right”!                                                          

You were such a smart man & you could always tell if someone’s intentions were sincere.

I am so glad I could be there for you when you needed me the most with kind words and a carrying heart.

Thank you for telling me you were grateful you could always count on me that meant a lot to me.

I love you and miss you every day. Thank you for being my dad and being a part of my life.

 

My Dad

Concrete Mushrooms

Working with concrete and hypertufa is by far my two of my favorite medias.

I wanted to make a few concrete mushrooms but I wanted them to be different. I knew I wanted to use the Hypertufa so they would have the rough appearance with holes, dips and scraggly looking edges. I even chipped off more edges to add to the appearance.

The tops were made with plastic bowls and the bottoms were made with large cardboard oatmeal containers. My favorite one is the yellow one because the top is tapered and to me it looks more like a real mushroom.

Painting them was fun the blending of colors, adding some metallics, adding stones and finally working on the stems and adding large fleck glitter to marine spar to get the look I wanted.

I ended up painting marine spar on the entire mushroom to weatherproof it and lessen the chance of the colors fading.

At first they would not sit up straight so I found some rocks I could glue to the base underneath and that helped.

These mushrooms took quite a few stones to get the look I wanted. I found the stones at my local Hobby Lobby and the At Home Store & I used E6000 to glue the stones on. I would say roughly I spent about $12.00 on all the stones and $5.00 on the glue.

Do I like everything I create that is a big NO but every project I create makes someone happy because I give away a lot of the stuff I create.

Creativity allows me to express myself, think of new challenges, find inspiration in everyday life and it allows me to use my imagintation for something artistic.

Creativity engages the mind and allows us to make a connection with ourself. Creative expression gives us a voice without words. It gives us confidence to know we can do anything we want to do.

It keeps our mind active which is very important as we get older noone wants a mushy mind.

Creative people are very happy people because they can breathe deeply and take in life one project at a time.

Fall is almost here

It is time to put out those fall wreaths and decor.

I love my clearance sales and last year I hit the jackpot when it came to fall clearance.

These white pumpkins were $5.99 each the orange one $7.99 that alone was about $45.00 in pumpkins. There are triple this many flowers the stems ranged from $2.00 to $7.99 and the small acorns were 2.99 each.

I would say I was able to pick up about $200.00 worth of fall decor for $20.00.

My favorite thing is the cattails.

The trick to this is do not rush out there when it first goes on clearance be patient and wait a few weeks that is when you SCORE big time. Go by the stores 1 x a week so you can keep an eye out.

I always store this stuff in the large vacume seal bags and there is 5 XL bags stuffed with flowers I have found on clearance for all the different seasons.

I hate using the same  wreath more than once I like to change things up. I always make my mother n law wreaths plus I take flowers to the cemetary for my dad.

The clearance stuff I buy always gets used & the stuff is high quality stuff.

I love C L E A R A N C E!

Ferns and the Shade

I love ferns they do well as house plants or grow well in the shade.

They can tollerate lots of rain or just watering them a few times a week during the Texas summers. Ferns are shade loving plants that multiply.

We have a bed full of sword fern under two old oak trees. I have several pots & containers of this as well.

Anyone need some sword fern?

I have one huge planter of macho fern which was shared with me many years ago by someone that is no longer part of my life.

Lots of asparagus fern but it has thorns and this makes me dislike it. I do like how flowy it is.

Holly fern but it is not a favorite of mine the leaves are stiff and waxy looking. I found them on clearance a few years ago.

I have one pot of foxtail fern I love this stuff its so fluffy looking.

Two new ferns that were on sale at Houston Garden Center they are Southern Wood Fern they are very flowy and light looking.

I liked them so much I went back and bought 3 more. These are pint size containers. I  planted the last ones together in 1 big pot.

I have two pots of another fern I am not sure what is but I like it because it is similar to the wood fern.

Do you have a favorite fern if so what kind is it?

 

 

 

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