All together now

This is our daughter Jeanelle’s herd of cows at their family farm.

The Miniature Herefords are on the left side. The Jersey milk cow and calf in the middle, the Belted Galloways on the right.

Left to right is Cecil the bull, Penny the youngest heifer, Scamper who is Pennys mom, Cadilac, Blue Bell, Sirloin son of Blue Bell, Oreo and Darla.

I love cows they have such cute personalities this group is very friendly and very photogenic.

Another leaf

I currently have 3  concrete leaf bird feeders hanging in our yard.

Two green, gold and copper ones in the back yard. They look different but similiar.

One orange, red, gold and copper in the front yard.

My husband and I did a flower bed for my mother and law last mothers day. I had made her a few small concrete pots and one Extra large one. We bought plants and shared some of our plants with her, weed killed the bed put down mulch and it turned out amazing.

We take turns going by there to water the stuff so she does not have to worry about it.

Since she mentioned then that she would like a bird feeder I figure we can surprise her with this one.

My mother n law has always been more of a mom to me than a mother n law she is the most wonderful person you could ever meet. She has been an amazing influence on my life I feel so blessed to have her.

We have been hanging these bird feeders up with brass chain and they look amazing. The holes are for the chain and drainage holes in case it ever rains again lol.

I painted the bottom of this one greens and copper to look like aged copper.  It is so much fun to play with the paint on these to get them like you want.

This one is roughly 22″ x 18″ they are big I have used all my big leaves and have to wait for some more to grow lol.

I have yet to capture the true beauty in my pictures of these leaves.

When you can create something with your hands and give it away to someone special that is what LIFE is all about.

Cane Corso Pups 2

Our daughter Jeanelle only has two Cane Corso Pups left the rest of the pups have been picked out and deposits have been made.

I took the second series of pics last week and they turned out so cute. It was hard stuffing 4 in this basket but I love this picture.

In these pictures they are 4 weeks and a few days old they just turned 5 weeks old and will be ready for their new homes at 8 weeks.

The two pics below the orange collar Blue one and red collar Blue Brindle one are the two pups that are left.

These puppies have all been well taken care of and been around our grandkids since day one they love kids.

They will be getting their first shots soon.

Shady Acres Rosharon

 

 

Retirement and our future

My husband is going to retire early next year & we are both pretty excited about this new phase in our life.

We are trying to figure out where we want to live & what we want to do with all our time.

The Texas hill country has always been a place we have dreamed about moving someday but now we have other options.

Georgia is a beautiful state and has some nice temperatures and the winters are not bad. The weather there is similiar to Texas but its not as hot as it here.The housing market is quite a bit cheaper than Texas. I think it is one of the top 10 retirement states. I think Georgia might win out over Texas lol.

There are lots of other states we like but the winters are to cold and we are quite spoiled to not having much of a winter.

We have loved working in our yard planting all the trees, grass and doing all the landscaping, and most years we had a garden. We raised our family here but now everyone has their own family and is spread out across Texas except our youngest son who lives in North Carolina.

Our yard is beautifully landscaped we have 38+-year-old oak trees and we love it here but it is time for a change it is time to move on.

We would have moved 10 – 12 years ago but family obligations kept us here. Now that those obligations are no longer in the picture we get to put ourselves first. I can honestly say we have never done that before and its starting to feel pretty good.

Lucky for us the housing market in our area is great so there should be no problem selling our house & getting a premium price for it.

We love the idea of a small-town atmosphere that is about 15 – 20 minutes from a bigger town for doctors, groceries, and supplies.

It would be nice to have a good view of something whether it be mountains, forest, hills or water. I think it would be nice to live on a lake or a river but in a non flooding area. It must have lots of mature trees with plenty of shade. Several porches would be nice a place to have coffee and listen to the birds sing.

We are looking for country living with a view on about 5 – 10 acres that is quiet and peaceful but surrounded by nature & wildlife.

 

Flower petals and wood

Flowers are so soft, delicate and fragile and the wood is aged, rough and cracked.

I love natural light especially morning light.

Step outside your comfort zone & be creative when taking your pictures.

 

Registered Cane Corso Puppies

Our daughters wordpress site is Shady Acres Rosharon.

They just had their first litter of Registered Cane Corso Puppies all the information on the puppies is on her site if you happen to be interested in one.

Here are a few pics I took of the pups yesterday. They are 2 1/2 weeks old and already this big lol. These are all seven boys.

Shady Acres Rosharon

Cane Corso

Cane Corso

 

Balance and inner peace

Often times we walk past something without noticing it.

Then one day we look down and see the beauty in the Verbena that is cascading across the moss rock. It is those days that let me know my life is in balance and that I have inner peace.

Life is simple but sometimes our minds are so cluttered with things we never get to find that balance.

Take a deep breath walk outside and look for something that brings you joy. Stand there and enjoy the moment.

Golf ball Critters

At the auction last weekend I won two lots of golf balls. That is 600 golf balls.

I found oodles of golf ball critters on Pinterest.

So far I have made two caterpillars one for my sister and one for me.

Next I will probably try some ladybugs.

I thought about gluing some around a flower pot and stacking them like bricks.

Does anyone have any brilliant ideas for golf balls?

I am using some to make some flowers but I am making them different than before. This time I glue golf tee head down to the ball with hot glue. Then I will paint them.

Pics will be coming soon!

It is for the birds

I have been making concrete and hypertufa items for about the last year and half.

The Hypertufa has the look of aged concrete with dips & cracks and I love that look.

When I do a craft such as this it takes awhile to complete because it has to cure in a plastic bag for two days, then two days in the sun, then two days in a water bath then back in the sun to dry. That is when it can be completed with paint, stones or mirrors.

Normally it can take 8 – 9 days to complete one bird bath. Most of this time your waiting for each of the processes in the curing time. You have to be patient to do this.

Creating things with my hands and adding my own personal touch to them is something I love to do. I want each item I create to be unique.

These three birdbaths were created for our bird bath hill in the backyard. I will be working on a fourth this week. The pedestals came from broken bird baths or gazing ball holders.

I prefer the black metal stands I just need to find someone to make me some. These need to be repainted I noticed that in my pictures.

I just made my first hypertufa pedestal it is square and it will be for the fourth bird bath. Now I have to figure out the next paint scheme and accents.

Two of the bird baths I sealed the (outside only) with Marine Spar and one I did not but I think I will go back and do that one. I sort of the like the glazed pottery look that has a deeper contrast look to it.

These bird baths are deep and all will have something added to them to help the birds feel secure.

All the processes are very important and if not followed correctly the pots, or birdbaths will crack. When I first started making these I had many cracked pots I think this boiled down to finding what worked best in our Texas climate.

Creativity helps me clear my mind and rejuvenate for another day.

Everyday is a beautiful day make sure you spend it doing something you truly enjoy.

 

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