They say after 50, you feel like things are going faster because you are going downhill...and I am beginning to believe it! So here is a little catch me up for my family! Dean went to the Saints game and brought bad juju to the team, they lost. But he had fun!
Mojo had to go to the vet because of old man issues. He has never bounced back from losing Ginger.
I came close to re breaking my foot and get to wear this lovely adornment. Moral of the story, please, don't exit your sister's car while laughing and saying you were going to steal something from her.
The weather is changing as evidenced by leaves in the yard!
and I finished another set of glasses for a friend
I painted a few for Halloween too and was going to keep one. Then I decided, the heck with that and bought this lovely off ebay. Mom would be proud! It is a deeper orange than this...beautiful!
Matt came home yesterday and Suki took up residence in his laundry bag!
and I made myself an eyeglass holder necklace "thingie"
Now I'm happily turning my attention to some crochet!!!!
So Gunter tried to hide out and move in with Matt.
WHAT? Can you imagine the HORROR of Matt finding Gunter in his DORM? Yeah, me too...so glad I found him in time. He begged to at least go with us to Baton Rouge and "hang out"... I caved when he promised to behave. SUCH a liar....
When we hit campus, he jumped up to the window and starting hollering at the volunteers asking where the kegs were. He kept droning on and on, telling everyone he was a Black Forest gnome and could impart some serious wisdom regarding beer....yea...stuff like that. Embarrassing.
Dean convinced me to leave him in the car while we unpacked, we simply couldn't trust him to behave. When we got back to the car he promised to behave so we let him go to lunch with us...
He was pretty good while we ate and later, even modeled a hat we bought for Phil...
His good behavior only lasted an hour though as I caught him chatting up some kid asking where the good parties were. Needless to say, he is NOT going back to LSU with us any time soon.
The other day I was sad, thinking about my folks. Dean reached into the cabinet and brought out the polka dotted wine glass Jill sent me and I couldn't help but smile. He knows me so well and knows that would make me happy...the wine helped too, of course. I got to thinking how lots of people like polka dots and thought how fun "game glasses" would be to have in the cabinet... in team colors of course. So I decided to try my hand at making a few glasses I could give as gifts. I got my supplies and got to work. I didn't want words or anything, just simple dots. Dots are awesome. First I made these using pouncer sponges by Martha Stewart. SAINTS
Then I decided to do a gradual dot pattern and made these...
lots of dots on the base...
and then I made these with different sized dots....
The dots took longer since I had to let it dry between colors but I love how it turned out. Now I can just pair a couple glasses with a little vino and have a fun gift for my sports fan vino drinkers....or margarita drinkers. I used BIG glasses y'all!
This leopard frog was in our yard the other day. There were two of them! The other one leaped into the bushes but this one sat still for a little photo shoot. I love frogs and toads. I love finding the teeny weeny baby ones. So cute!
I love seeing the frogs and toads in our yard again. But it is also bittersweet. Ginger kept them clear but without her, they seem know it is safe to come back. She would terrorize, and to her distress, eat them on occasion....Mojo knows better!
Whenever we move, we tend to redo the yard....or at least spruce it up. This house was no different. In the 7 years we've been here, we have added foundation plantings and several beds along with cutting a veggie gardens. But there was one thing we put off until this month. The side yard.
Our side yard is a weird shape and skinny and flat out ugly. At the gate, it is 7 feet wide but by the backyard it is 5 feet wide. I've always wanted to do something with it, so for my birthday, Dean got it started with the help of a sod cutter.
Our neighbors love us...they got to re-sod part of their front yard for free!
Here is it in it's almost naked glory.
We went and bought lots of mulch and have begun reworking this little space. Dean did some shovel work to form a curved bed and we put in the deer grass from the front yard. It needed more sun that it was getting. I have to do a stepping stone by the hose but it already looks much more inviting. The butterfly bush will get large too and is already attracting lots of butterflies.
The yellow plant is butterfly vine and that will grow over the lattice by summer's end. The birdbath was being thrown away by an elderly lady. Her handyman was taking it to the curb as I drove by. I backed up and I asked for it and he put it right into my car! I intend on mosaic-ing it one day this winter...
BTW, if you don't know what deer grass looks like in bloom, click here. It is gorgeous and blooms in the fall.
close up of the butterfly bush...I love this stuff!
looking much more inviting than before...still a bit of clean up to do..
The area ties into the backyard better now...needs a gate or arch....Dean?
The basil was basically added to give this spot a bit of green. If it does well, I'll leave it but if not, I'll move it to the veggie garden.
I whacked it down and made 2 pounds of basil butter (27 sheets) with it right after taking this photo!
We still have much to do but by next year, this should be a really nice space. Now, if I can just talk Dean into building me an arbor......