Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

For Halloween this year we decided to give the boys their own trick or treat in the backyard.  They have Easter baskets and Christmas stockings, so why not add some colorful pumpkins.  

Once they figured out what was in them getting a decent photo was a challenge.

They go absolutely crazy over apples and bananas.  Here and there we dice up one or the other and mix it with their kibble.  By the way, apples do wonders for their breath.

Until the next word...


Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Fall Inspiration: Recycling Cement Bricks Into Flower Pots

Are you looking for an easy DIY project to celebrate Fall?  Do you enjoy gardening?  Then keep reading.  

The weather here in the Midwest has been absolutely gorgeous!  So, I've been using my time wisely outdoors splitting and transplanting plants around my yard.  

I have these cement bricks lined up along the edge of the sidewalk in an effort to prevent my dogs from jumping off the ledge.  I usually plant a spring flower in them, but this year I didn't. Truthfully, they've sat empty for a couple of years.  The last time I used them was here.

This week I decided to plant some mums in them.  Perfect for Fall and you can't go wrong with mums.  Instead of buying additional dirt, I recycled some from a planter that was no longer in use.  

I lined up where I wanted each plant to go.  

Using a garden trowel, I loosened the dirt that was left in the bricks.  After placing the mum in each spot I added some additional dirt as needed.  Tip:  Give them a good drink of water when your done.


The boys watched from start to finish.  I guess you could say this is there smile of approval.

Do you have any gardening projects to share?  Those that are centered around Fall.  Leave me a link in the comment section below.

Until the next word...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pet Photography: My Three Sons Photoshoot (9-20-14)

The weather yesterday was gorgeous!  I gathered the boys and we hit the backyard with the camera. I'm most pleased on how these turned out.  Dog slobber and all!

Until the next photo...


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall Like Symptoms

Is it just me or are there signs of Fall showing?  My mums have been in almost full bloom for a month now. The squirrels are driving us crazy with their mess of walnut shells all over the deck.  And then there's the random yellow leaves we keep finding all over the yard.

Not sure if I'm ready for Fall yet.

Are you?

P.S.  Be careful if you have dogs near the walnut tree.  Hardy got a piece stuck in between his paw pads. Luckily it didn't puncture through the skin. 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Life With Dogs: Who Did This?

When something out of the ordinary happens in the house we asked the boys, "Who did this?"  There's been a few incidents lately. Someone left a puddle on the bathroom floor, dirty laundry is scattered throughout the house, or garbage (mostly paper) is removed from the trash can in the office.

No one confesses.  It's usually their body language that gives them away.  I don't believe in discipline after the crime.  Each incident is turned into a educational moment for everyone.  As the mess is being cleaned up, I'm explaining how this type of behavior is a big "no no".  Then everything returns back to normal.  Chaos and all.

For those of you with (fur) kids, I'm sure this sounds familiar.  

P.S. The photo above is from last Fall.  Makes me think of the cool nights and colorful leaves.  Almost ready for the season.

Until the next word...


Sunday, August 3, 2014

A New Adventure

I've been busy working behind the scenes on a very exciting new project.  More details coming soon.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”    ~Confucius

Meanwhile, this is Barney.  I had the pleasure to hang out with him yesterday.  Sweet boy.

Until the next word...


Friday, July 25, 2014

Gardening Tips & Ideas: Part 2 of 2

On last week's garden post, I shared a few tips and ideas that were used with this year's garden.  If you missed that post click here. I'm happy to report everything is doing awesome!  Please excuse the color variation from photo to photo.  They were captured with different cameras throughout the days of documenting the garden's progress. 

Patiently waiting for crops.

Once the plants started to grow, cages were placed around them.  As you can see the tomato plant on the left has a stick in the center of it.  It was growing way to big for a cage, but needed some additional support. Actually, it was an old broom stick I had in the garage that wasn't being used.  (recycling tip)

After the cages are in place keep an eye on the plants.  You'll want to make sure as it grows to keep the leaves on the outside of the cage.

The tomato plant continues to grow.  As you can see in this photo the first support stick is invisible, so a second one was positioned according to what branches were the heaviest.  Then I cut up a t-shirt (recycling tip) into strips to be used as a rope.  You want to use a cotton t-shirt that way it's soft against the stems.  A robe may cause it to break.

Keep an eye on the straw in the garden.  If the newspaper starts to show through, add another layer.  The birds are having a blast stealing pieces to build their nests with.  I don't mind sharing with the condition that they stay away from the vegetables.

This has been the biggest tomato plant ever.  Perhaps it's because I opted not to place a cage around it. The photo shows another support stick, but at present time there are three sticks supporting its branches.  Lots of tomatoes! 

My favorite part of the garden is the recycled pallets.  The leafy vegetables are doing well in them.  Snipping off what I want and more comes in right away.

The collard greens have their own section in the garden.  Adding the strip of straw down the center has proven successful.  No weeds anywhere!  And it makes a nice walkway in between the plants.

Have you ever harvested green peppers?  It's super easy.  Click here for the details.

I captured this photo a couple of days ago and shared it on my Instagram account.  They smell as good as they look. 

So, I ask you.  What's in your garden?

Until the next word...



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