Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ABC Wednesday - T is for Tinman


I have been a "Wizard of Oz" fan since childhood and have been collecting memorabilia for years.

After finding  large metal buckets my husband and I started putting together a tinman for our yard.  I found the perfect funnel for the hat and a perfect large can for his body. 

We saved tin cans for a few weeks and odds and ends from the garage drawers and boxes for his mouth and eyes.

He does own an oil can! REALLY.

We also have a lion, scarecrow and toto that lives in the yard along with him.  I'm adding a few more pieces this summer.

Enjoy all the other"T's" at ABC Wednesday.


Outdoor Wednesday

I have discovered the greatest new edging for garden beds to avoid having to trim. 

One package is 10' long of trim and is around $15.99 per package. It is made out of recycled rubber.  It  is especially great around rock edging, just lay it down after you have cleared the grass and weeds.  You can mow right up to the edge of the rubber.

I also purchased some new lillies this week, they are a purple and white, I don't have the garden marker so I don't remember the name of this one.

Hope you are enjoying your "Outdoors" wherever you live.

for Outdoor Wednesday


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chippy Cabinet

My sister discovered a new antique/junk/art store last week and ofcourse I had to check it out. She is only open on Sat. and Sun. Well, she has quite a few items--lots of really neat items.  She is also an artist and does "Day of the Dead" (I had to look it up too) shadow  boxes. She said it is on the line of the Mexican Catholic Holiday.  Not my taste in art--but she does a beautiful job with jewels and skeletons.

Anyway I found this wonderful old chippy cabinet, it has been painted green and the paint is wearing off.  It has a wonderful red paper lined on the shelves.  I put in my bathroom and love it. I don't think I will do anything to it.

I want to decorate the top of the cabinet but I'm not sure how yet. ANY IDEAS?

Linking with Sue for Rednesdayhttp://suelovescherries.blogspot.com

and Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday http://coloradolady.blogspot.com


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Letter S

Letter "S", probably one of the letters that has the most possibilities.  Thinking this past week I have decided on the word SAVOR.

One of the deffinitions of SAVOR is to:   Appreciate fully, enjoy or relish.  I took this picture last week of my granddaughter and my great nephew.   They won't be this age for long and I need to SAVOR this moment in time.

Look at the tenderness of the moment-the touch-the peace.

Hope you all are SAVORING your moments in your daily life as I am trying my best to do.

Linking withhttp://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pink Saturday

I have one new blooming pink in my garden this week. The Lillium has 3 beautiful blooms.  I bought a 6-pack yesterday of Lillium with white and purple I'm very excited to get planted.

Have a great day--plant some flowers. Linking with Beverly for Pink Saturday



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Letter R

Since I'm a Kansas girl, I thought it might be fun to do HOME ON THE RANGE for the letter R.

Range is described as an extensive area of open land for livestock. If any of you bloggers have been to our state you will recall plenty of open land.

From Wickipedia:

"Home on the Range" is the state song of the American state of Kansas. Dr. Brewster M. Higley (1823–1911) originally wrote the words in a poem called "My Western Home" in the early 1870s in Smith County, Kansas. The poem was first published in a December 1873 issue of the Smith County Pioneer under the title "Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam". The music was written by a friend of Higley's named Daniel E. Kelley. Higley's original words are similar to those of the song today but not identical. The song was adopted by settlers, cowboys, and others and spread across the USA in various forms. During the early 20th century, it was arranged by Texas composer David W. Guion (1892–1981) who is often credited as the composer. It was officially adopted as the state song of Kansas on June 30, 1947, and is commonly regarded as the unofficial anthem of the American West.

"Home on the Range" is often performed in programs and concerts of American patriotic music, and is frequently used in plays and films. These include the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (sung by both Cary Grant and Myrna Loy), the 1967 off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (sung by the cast as a glee club rehearsal number), the 1980 film Where the Buffalo Roam (sung by Neil Young over the opening credits), the 2009 film The Messenger (sung by Willie Nelson over the closing credits), and in the 1946 western film Colorado Serenade (sung by actor Roscoe Ates). The song has naturally also made its way into screen shorts for children and adults, as in the 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon, Claws for Alarm, in which it is sung by Porky Pig.

"Home on the Range" has been featured as the state slogan on Kansas vanity license plates since 2005.

An arrangement of "Home on the Range" is played by the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks at the end of all home football games in Memorial Stadium

                                                             Dr. Brewster M. Higley

Hope you enjoy my little addition to history today for ABC Wednesday hosted by



Friday, May 11, 2012

Pink Saturday

Some of my pink flowers are blooming this week and I planted some new annuals in the basket of my childhood bike.

The Foxglove bloomed this week.

Since tomorrow is Mothers Day, I want to show  what my granddaughters
made in their school for my Daughter for Mothers Day.

Olivia made her Mom a lovely card.

Sophia gave her a flower that she planted in class.

Hopefully everyones Mothers Day is a blessed one! My Mom is here from out of town so all of girls will be with her.

Linking with Beverly for Pink Saturday.




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rednesday - Ruby Red Hat Award

As some of you know I belong to the Red Hat Society and have been a member for about 5 years. We have been on day trips, museums, tea rooms, fantastic restaurants, plays and so many fun parties. I've always said the Red Hats is like a sorority for ladies over 50.

Last month at our chapters Birthday Party,  I was named "Miss Ruby Redhat".  This is voted on by the members of our group.

Ruby Red Hat exemplifies the qualities of:

1.     Accept reality and live in the here and now.

2.     Accentuate the positive.

3.     Nurture yourself.

4.     Induldge your sense of humor.

5.     Play!

6.     Dress up.

7.     Cultivate an openess to new things.

8.     Express your creativity.

9.     Exercise compassion.

10.   Have courage.

I was presented with a new hat, medal, red hat jewelry and plaque.  Such an honor to know these ladies really think that I deserve this!!

Linking with Sue@http://suelovescherries.blogspot.comfor Rednesday.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Letter Q

I have been thinking about this Q week for awhile now and wondered how many bloggers might use the same word since Q is not a letter that many words begin with.



Here is a few I found that I enjoyed:

I've never seen a hearse pulling a U-haul.

A house without books is a home without windows.          
Horace Mann

People who insist on drinking before driving are putting the quart before the hearse.

Syntax must be bad, having sin  and tax in it.
Will Rogers

I never take my own side of an argument.

The only trouble with Opera is there's always too much singing.

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Think of love as a card game:
first  get rid of the jokers
throw away the hearts
keep the diamonds
then try to find a king

And now another Q--my granddaughters know when ABC Wednesday is coming up and love to find words for me.  They are 10 and 8.

They were busy is their room this weekend and wouldn't let me come in, in awhile they came out and presented me with "QUEEN QUAD".

Notice her crown, they used their own play dough but Nana's gems for crafting.  Now isn't that cute.

Hope you enjoy fun exploring all the Q words this week.

Linking with ABC Wednesday


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pink Saturday - First bloom of peony

My new pink peony bush opened up this morning with two blooms. If anyone has visited my blog in the spring they know that peony is my favorite flower. I adore walking in a park or in my yard and geting  a wiff of these fabulous flowers.

Off to visit all the other Pinks of the week.

Thank you Miss Beverly for this fabulous adventure each Saturday.

Linking with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays



Thursday, May 3, 2012

Estate Sale Gems

At a neighborhood estate last weekend we were able to snatch some great deals. We bought
enough river stone (lg) to build our new fire pit. Also slate pavers and round rock pavers. I think we spent around $50.00 on the rock. FANTASTIC price.

This watering can made into a water fountain.  See the stream of water coming out of the pump. I love it.- Got it for 5.00!!!

This beautiful stone lassie for my front garden.  She has a weathered look that I adore. She matches the vintage bird bath  already in the garden.

Did a little planting this weekend,  added a new hosta to the hosta garden and included some pretty pansies for some color.




Tuesday, May 1, 2012


                                                                       LETTER P

My P word this week is PURPLE MARTIN.   We purchased an apartment house for PURPLE
MARTINS several years ago.  Made sure it was 15 feet in the air and not too far from a water fountain.

The only birds that have rented it out have been Starlings.  Well low and behold this year there has been some Purple Martins coming to take over. They have been removing the nest material from the Starlings and there have been fights over the rooms.  I was able to snap a  shot of the male on the edge of the apartment house.

The manufacturers really tout their Purple Martin houses as homes where Purple Martins will live and eat the mosquitos in your yard. WELL---after looking up information on the Purple Martin I discovered that the Purple Martins diet consists of only about 2% mosquitos. OH WELL.

They do love to eat dragonflies, flies, stinkbugs, june bugs, moths, grasshoppers, cicadas, bees, wasps and flying ants.  We do have a lot of wasps so thats a good thing.

PURPLE MARTINS are aerial insectivores and eat only flying insects and they catch them in flight.  PURPLE MARTINS are daytime feeders-feed high in the sky-mosquitos mainly come out at night and usually stay low to the ground. You think we could have thought this out.

We are enjoying them coming to live in our yard.

Linking withhttp://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/ for ABC Wednesday.

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