The beauty of Texas Sage

Texas Sage is a beautiful shrub I love the color gray/green color of the leaves and the flowers are so beautiful and fuzzy.

Ours keeps growing leggy so I think after it blooms this time I am cutting it way back to make it bushier.

Colors everywhere in the landscape can always put a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eyes.

Lots and lots of Cardinals

The cardinals around here are also known as red birds.

We have so many juveniles right now I guess it is a group of teens hanging out. As teens they go through changes with their feathers and sometimes they look a little scraggly.

I love sitting outside while they are eating they get use to seeing you. I love the sounds and whistles the red birds make.

I am always hearing new bird sounds but I do not always find the bird to identify it.

The sights and sounds of nature and the wildlife that surround us allows us time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it.

Chilling like a dove

I was able to grab a few pictures of some dove.

The first one was in a feeder checking out the second dove in the water. The one in the terra cotta saucer was using it as a chill out station. I had placed a few smaller containers of water for the birds on that side of the yard. The saucers work out well and are easy to clean.

Doves are beautiful birds their movement is so graceful and they seem so carefree.

Capture nature with your camera and enjoy all that wildlife has to offer.

Mangave Red Wing

Mangave is a cross of Manfreda x Agave.

They are somewhat of a hybrid plant they combined the growth and pattern of the Manfreda with the refinement of the Agave.

I found these two plants I have on clearance at Lowes. Regular price for a 2 quart container was $15.00 but I only paid $5.00 each.

My favorite way to get new plants is on sale but especially on clearance.

The Terra Cotta pots I bought about 20 of them around 15 years ago from Garden Ridge Pottery I really miss that store.

We have added a rock garden area to our side deck and everything over there is sedum, succulents or cactus type plants. We put in almost 2 yards of pea gravel.

We still have not figured out if we are power washing and staining again or painting this deck area lots of boards have been replaced already. We will wait until the temperatures are cooler to actually do this. This deck area is two levels the upper level is 10′ x 30′ feet the lower is 12′ x 20′ this will take several days to get this job done.

Rock gardens areas with water are really pretty so I am thinking about a large tall fountain type pot the ones I really like are glazed and around $500.00 but this would look good in the center of the area. I have never spent that much money on a pot but for a fountain I think it might just be worth it.

I can always come up with new projects for the house or the yard and I love working in both areas.

3 week old pups

The pups are now 3 weeks old.

When I turn the light on in the morning they all stand up in the box and look at me with wagging tails.

Then I say ” Good morning Puppies” and they all start whining lol.

This batch of puppies is so cute but so different than litter #1.

Little Ladies pups

Little lady and the Tramp had their 2nd litter of miniature long hair Dachshunds pups a few weeks ago.

I have been babysitting her and the pups since our daughter and her family moved. They have no place for pups at the moment.

Just like last time she had quite the varieties of colors. She ended up with a few piebalds and a dapple this time as well as black and tan. The dapple is the brown one and his spots make him look like a chocolate chip. She is considering keeping the gray/ black piebald on the end we call this one Fatty.

Sweet little puppies all colors and sizes are just to cute for words.

Through the piney woods

Our daughter her husband and their four children just moved to East Texas yesterday.

The house they had lived in for the last 4 years sold the first week it was on the market and they needed more property. They decided East Texas might just be the place and they found 25 acres to purchase.

The first thing they had to do was some clearing but they hired that done. Then they wanted the mulching people with their machines to cut some trails through the woods for them all to enjoy. I only went down one trail but it was truly amazing. They are naming the trails and I believe this one is Piney Trail.

I have always loved the woods, trails, wildlife and nature so this type property is right up my ally.

They will be living about 1 1/2 hours from us and they are very close to Lake Livingston which they will all love its a great fishing lake. It was my dads favorite fishing lake when we were kids.

They are already looking at side by side ATV’s to make getting around and working on the property easier.

Our oldest grandson Andrew who is 10 years old is picking us out a location for a weekend house in the woods. He has it figured out I need a few sweetgum trees to attract the wildlife.

They have game cameras set up and have seen deer, wild hog and racoons. One racoon was investigating the camera.

Our grandkids will have lots of great adventures in these woods and are already planning club houses and lookout towers. I think they need some Ninja warrior obstacle course equipment including a zip line.

My beating heart

I was able to go one time to rehab then I went into AFIB.

I was in AFIB for 8 days straight medications was not stopping my crazy heart beats. AFIB is quite exhausting your heart rate goes high then 30 beats slower then higher again all this back and forth feels like your heart is running a marathon. It makes you physically drained and exhausted. You can not even think about taking a walk any form of exertion increases your heart rate. Your chest pounds and you just can not breathe good it is a horrible feeling.

My dr suggested a Tranesphogeal echo to check out for any new clots, the new stent and my mitral valve all which could be causing the AFIB. As it turns out I had no new clots, the stent was fine and the mitral valve was the same.

My AFIB was from a chain of events. Apparently my body hated the heart attack so much that it decided to rebel against me. It has also screwed up some of my blood work which the Dr.’s all tell me will even back out in time.

He was able to get some good pics in 3D of my heart and then came the fun part.

They had to do a Cardioversion which is a procedure used to return an abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm.

I was already under deep anesthesia from the tee echo so the cardioversion came next.

It is like in the movies when someone has a heart attack and they bring out the paddles to shock the heart. They do this to get the heart back beating correctly.

My heart has returned to a normal rhythm but I feel like I have been beat up. Hopefully I will feel better in a few days.

I am adding another medication this medication hopefully will keep my heart in rhythm it is called Amiodarone it is a antiarrhythmics. I hate taking medication but it seems I have no choice.

Life is good and great medical care is essential.

Across the bahia field

A foggy morning across the bahia grass pasture with a barn in the distance.

Shooting low and through the damp weeds that pop up in the fields around here.

I changed this to a sepia feel picture because the mood felt more like sepia.

This photo has a dreamy look to it and the new pipe fence in the middle of this 24 acres is accented by the fog.

This is sheer beauty to me I love wide open space all around me.

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