Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cleaning Up My Yard - Fix for An Ugly Corner

I have a corner in my fenced in back yard that was driving me crazy.  It was a problem spot because the fence was not tight against the ground, which meant my beagle was easily able to dig then slip right under the fence and take off.  To remedy the "escape" area I had a mix of logs and boards stacked around the corner.  It worked as far as keeping my dog in but my oh my did it look ugly.  I recently came up with a solution to make it both escape proof and pretty at the same time.

I had numerous orange day lilies scattered around my yard so I transplanted a few of the taller ones around the corner area.  This hid all the ugly boards and logs blocking the fence plus added an additional barrier to my dog being able to get into the corner.

I dug a small ditch around the area and mounded up the dirt.  Partly to make it look nice and also in hopes my ditch will prevent the grass from growing into the area.  I covered my mound with about 3 layers of newspaper then covered it with mulch.  I finished off the area with the adorable frog statue.  I am quite happy with the end result.

This was a great budget friendly solution.  My only expense was one bag of mulch!  I saved money by using plants I already had in the yard and using the newspaper for a weed barrier.  It is a great way to recycle your newspapers and is more eco-friendly than using a plastic covering.  I already had the frog also--he looks better here than sitting in my family room where he collected dust!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up Close With a Turkey

Awhile back I was on my way to the store and took a short cut through residential streets I don't normally travel on.  As I was coming up to a stop sign I say two turkeys in the front yard of the house by the stop sign.  As the car in front of me passed through the stop one of the turkeys ran across the road and disappeared.  I expected the other turkey, a male, to run also.  But he did not.  He stepped right in front of my car.  I certainly didn't want to hit him so I was stuck at the stop sign not knowing what to do.  I kept blowing my horn but he didn't move.

I rolled down my window to stick my head out to see exactly where he was and he came running over to the driver's side. Every time I tried to inch forward he would go right with me and was so close I was afraid I would run over his toes!  I was able to snap this picture.

By now I was yelling at him to go away and waving my arm out the window trying to shoo him away.  But every time I did this he tried to stick his head in my window all the while gobbling away.  I had no idea what to do.  Cars behind me were either going around us and one even turned around and headed the other way.  I was hesitant to get out of the car I certainly didn't want to tangle with him.  I have never seen a turkey do this and was at a complete loss at what to do.

Then a very kind older man came up behind me, saw what was happening and got out of his car.  He said he had never seen a turkey do this either.  He bravely took off his ball cap and finally shooed Mr. Gobbler away by waving his hat at him so I could pass.

It was actually a very neat experience, I have never see a wild turkey that up close.  The colors in his face were beautiful.  Needless to say I no longer take that short cut to the store!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spring Pictures on a Bitter Cold Day

We are experiencing the second day of bitter cold (below 0!) temperatures today.  I am ready for spring to get here.  Not only for warmer weather but so we can go bike riding again.  So I thought it would a good day to share some pictures of my husband's bike ride from last spring on a trail near Oil City, PA.  So if it is cold where you are here are some nice "green" pictures to warm your thoughts.

Along a creek, peeking through the trees.
Taking a break along the bike trail.

Beside the river in Oil City

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers

We recently acquired boxes of vintage china ware that belonged to my hubby's great aunt.  She spent a lifetime collecting all these things so we thought they should stay in the family.  So we emptied out our china closet to make room.  My absolute favorite things out of all her collection are the salt and pepper shakers.  I don't know anything about them but they are so unique and cool I had to share.

Love these colorful cute little birds.

Little clowns, love the color and how they shine.

These are my favorite, little log cabins.

Love the expression on the cow and they fact they are related objects but not the same.

These are pretty but think it would be hard to shake out the salt without spilling the pepper too!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cool Vintage Christmas Decoration Find

My hubby and daughter visited a consignment shop last weekend in the tiny town of Tionesta, PA.  They came home with a cool vintage Christmas decoration

I love all vintage "stuff" especially old Christmas decorations. I can remember these lighted Noel Candles from my childhood.  It had a small crack in the flame which we glued and it works!  I think they did pretty darn good with their purchase.  I checked Ebay and these go for around $20 to $50.  They paid $5!   It will look good next to our vintage lighted Frosty the Snowman this season.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Trip To The Farm - An Adorable Pig

My daughter and I made our annual trip to a local farm last month to pick apples.  Nothing tastes better than eating an apple right off the tree in the Fall.  But our favorite part of this year's visit was the petting zoo because they had the most adorable black pig. 
He was obsessed with eating.  Don't know what he was digging for in the ground but he was literally overturning huge chunks of grass.  Must have been something good under the grass because  a bunch of chickens had surrounded him to eat also.  This did not make him happy because he would periodically stop eating to snort and snap at the chickens.  What ever was in the ground must have been good because his nastiness did not seem to phase or stop the chickens.

I also got a good photo of one of the goats (just love goats too!) who had gorgeous blue eyes.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Close Encounter With Geese

A few weeks ago my daughter and I made a trip to the nature reserve at our local park.  Usually the ducks and geese run when we try to get close enough to get a picture.  But on this day for some reason we found ourselves surrounded by them.  We couldn't walk more than a few steps and more would come up and just stare at us.
We had no idea why they were so interested in us but it was really cool and we were able to get some close up photos of these beautiful creatures.


As we walked around the pond we discovered there are turtles in the water.  As many times as we have been there we never saw the turtles in the pond.  If you look closely in the center of the picture below you can see the head of a turtle sticking out of the water.