Gray Treefrog

This Gray tree frog was on the side of our house.

I was sort of shocked because I have never seen one before I have heard people talk about them.

Nearby was a regular green tree frog maybe they were friends.

She is different looking but I think she’s a pretty frog. I like frogs.

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Three ducks in a row

The ducks have been back about a month now.

Sometimes there are just two and other times there are 10 but almost always they are in pairs.

In this picture, there was only three I am not sure what happened but sometimes the other partner shows up a few minutes later.

Are you ducks in a row?

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Boxer dog playtime

Our two boxers love water.

Daisy loves her plastic pool and Zoee is obsessed with the water hose.

Tuesday we had close to 6″ of rain in a few hours.

It was raining so fast and hard it could not drain off fast enough so our backyard looked like this.

I decided to let the dogs out to see what they would do and these pictures pretty much tell the story. I wish I knew what they were thinking.

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Fog on the hay bails

I love taking pictures of freshly cut hay bails.

I was able to get a few shots in the fog early one morning after the hay had been bailed the night before.

The way they line up in rows is unique and every now you will see a few out of place.

Photographing them is a challenge sometimes.

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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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DIY Concrete flower pot

This was my first large concrete flower pot.

I have already made the second one for my mother in law.

I used the same exercise ball from the orb but this time I left a larger hole and trimmed it out some to make it irregularly shaped on the top edge.

On the second coat, I added in some peat moss to give it texture. This was 3 coats total and then I let it dry and painted it.

Metallic green and copper paint accent the beauty of this flower pot. Then I clear coated it inside on the upper part and the entire outside.

I¬† planted a full pot of Petunias from one of my favorite places Joseph’s Nursery in Manvel, Texas. I have been shopping there since 1983 when they opened this place and they are super friendly and are always willing to tell you most anything about a plant.

This large pot of petunias was $19.00 what a deal.

These beautiful flowers will be accented with new decor on the lattice fence in the backyard.

More pics coming soon of the redecorated fence.

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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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