The greens have it

I started following this young green Anole lizard with my macro lens on Friday morning.

This was a tiny lizard maybe 4″ total in length.

When I was editing that was when I noticed this picture consisted of mostly greens.

Try taking a picture outdoors that includes mostly one color. Make sure there is a foreground and background.

Sometimes thinking outside the box can be a way to show off your creativity.

 

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.

 

Concrete Leaf Bird Feeder

I love working with concrete and this weekend I finally got a chance to cast a few concrete leaves.

For this leaf I used a taro leaf it is one of our bog plants for the pond but it is similiar to an elephant ear plant. This was a really large one.

The first one turned out great, the next two I broke because I kept messing with them before they were cured but the fourth one is ready to paint today. I suggest letting them dry 24 hours before touching them.

I wanted these leaves to have glamourous rich type sheen so I used metallic paints in several different greens and golds. Then I used a regular brown on the stems.

These concrete leaves allowed me to be creative, cast something new in a media I love working with & paint it for its final reveal.

This leaf will be used for a bird feeder to hang in the trees. I hope I can get a few more made this week.

These leaves could also make a beautiful decor piece for your home or even a shallow bird bath.

Life is good and I live to be creative.

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Pablo Picasso

Tiny purple petals

Capturing angles in pictures sometimes gives us a little bit different perspective.

This is a Golden Dewdrop Duranta plant and its flowers are tiny but very pretty.

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.

 

The Eastern Bluebirds

The Eastern bluebirds nested somewhere close by our house but not in any of our 6 birdhouses.I caught the dad and two babies in the birdbath yesterday.

I have been seeing lots of activity at the birdbaths due to the heat. They like the shallow ones rather than my deep ones but I added stuff in the deep ones but they are still a no go.

I love getting to see the young ones I have never seen the juvenile bluebirds before.

This really made my day.

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