The aroma of the jasmine

We have had our star jasmine on our lattice fence off the side deck for many years.

I think its prettier this year than it has ever been. The smell is so strong you just want to stay there sniffing it lol.

We have to cut it back after it blooms this year or we will not be able to get through the gate anymore.

I have noticed this year there are lots of hummingbirds enjoying our jasmine.

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Rusted wire and fence post

Fence post and rusted wire can be quite interesting to photograph.

Every time I shoot fences and wire I see something different than I did before. For me they never get boring.

For me, fence post and rusted wire define country living in Texas.

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Concrete Orb DIY

Giant concrete orbs amaze me so I wanted to make one for our fern flower bed that has two large oak trees at each end.

I wanted this orb to appear to be natural in this fern bed & I am pleased with how it turned out.

Metallic paints are my all time favorite I used copper, gold, silver, platinum, green and blue for this project. By using a chip paint brush I would add some then blend add some more until I got it the way I wanted it.

Supply List:

Exercise Ball

No stick cooking spray

Plastic bucket or box to set the ball on to keep it still.

Cement no rocks added.

 Metallic Paints

Clear spray paint for protection.

I would say this project cost about $20 – $25.00 to make.

Air the ball up tight and place on a bucket with the plug side down. Spray non-stick spray on the ball.

The concrete needs something to bond to and the mesh tape did not work for me I tried two different kinds.

I ended up using cheesecloth cut into squares which I dipped in concrete and applied to the ball. Gauze fabric should work the same way.

Once it was mostly dry I started adding more layers of concrete. Then I added another layer of cheesecloth then more concrete. You want it thick enough to withstand the elements of the outdoors.

Once it’s dry deflate the ball and pull it out & you will have the ball for the next project.

I waited a day or so for it to cure and started painting it using my metallic paints. The final step was spraying it with clear for protection.

Now the plug area is what will become the bottom of your orb you can trim the area with utility scissors to make it bigger.

This was my first one and there was a lot of trial and error.

I was going for a natural look so I was not worried about the orb being smoothe.

Wait until you see what I did next.

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Birdhouse in the fog

On a foggy morning last weekend, I was outside taking a few pictures & I noticed the purple birdhouse on the fence post.

I couldn’t help but see the contrast of the birdhouse, fence, grass, and fog.

The little things we see often get overlooked for something that stood out more.

Open your eyes and truly see what is around you and that is the day your life will change forever.

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Daisy turns 6 years old

On April 22, 2013, the most beautiful boxer was born.

Our Daisy girl is six years old and she still acts like a puppy on most days.

I never knew a dog could have so much personality.

She talks to us and can get quite sassy sometimes.

She loves to sleep at the foot of our bed covered up everywhere but her head. That does not mean that if she gets cold in the night she will not get between us lol.

When I am gone somewhere and get back home she expects something special & now she has taught Zoee this trick. I keep a bag of special treats for those occasions. They get dog biscuits on a daily basis so those do not count lol.

Daisy has brought so much joy to our lives I have no idea what we would have done without her. I am glad she and Zoee have each other because she’s a good sister mama & Zoee is a great companion for her.

I will try and get some more pics this week she was not being very cooperative yesterday.

This picture is her waiting for Zoee to come outside and join her. That anticipation look.

Happy Birthday, Daisy Girl! We Love you.

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Pretty little butterfly

Everywhere we look there are butterflies in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

Springtime is such a wonderful time of the year we get to see nature come back to life again and enjoy her beauty.

Cherish each day go outdoors and feel the sun on your skin, the breeze in your hair, take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty.

Nature puts on a new movie every day but you have to get outdoors to see it.

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They’re Back

Last year we got lucky and the cedar waxwings found other mulberry trees so we actually got to pick some.

This year they are eating our mulberries before we can pick them.

There will be 60 in the tree at the same time chowing down.

Daisy was mad because she loves mulberries and she went out there and was looking all over the ground to find some. I finally found a few on the ground for her. Yes, our dog picks berries lol.

Nature is so beautiful and these birds colors are truly amazing. I enjoy watching them even if they are thieves.

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Dogs just wanna have fun

Our two boxers Daisy and Zoee both seem to love the water hose.

Zoee will not back off and scares me she’s going to choke on the water so she has to be monitored.

Daisy runs and gets it and then runs off.

They had a good time on Sunday once our Texas warm weather kicked back in.

This all started because I was trying to water plants and flowers. Zoee thinks that is her time and she got Daisy involved in her water hose game.

Dogs just wanna have fun & have a little playtime.

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After the rain

I love taking pictures of roses after rain or with morning dew on the petals.

Knock out roses are blooming pretty much year round around here. Right now they are very very happy. Roses are so inspirational to me they show such beauty in the petals.

Sunday we had some rain so I was able to get a few shots of the roses. I decided to give them each a post over the next week.

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