Friday, June 29, 2012

I thought I needed a bath...

Before you freak out - let me explain. In the afternoon I'll be going to do some errands and so I went outside with the sole purpose of letting the windows down in the truck so it wouldn't be so hard on the air conditioner to cool me when I go. Then I thought, "you know it's so hot and I bet the birds would like some water." So, I started looking around the house for bird-bath possibilities. I had some specific criteria; I didn't want something else for JP to have to mow around, I didn't want it so near a feeder that it would get seeds in it (done that, didn't like it), I wanted it close to a door so I could keep it clean and filled, and I wanted to be able to see it. So here's what I came up with. The pictures aren't great but you get the idea.

I am tickled pink with the whole thing. It's on the front porch where there's already lots of bird activity and being able to use this old chair and the Nandina bush behind for cover is perfect. I should be able to manage the one step out the front door to keep it filled even during the winter and I can see it from our front windows. The only thing I'll have to watch for is if this starts attracting critters it will have to be moved. The "critters" have the creek and I'd like it if they stay there.

Okay, there has been a revision to the bird bath. I talked it over with JP and I really didn't want this to become a hunting ground/ambush spot for the cat - Spaceghost - hunter extraordinaire. So, I moved these wooden barrels I've been saving for "something" and now the bathing spot is off the ground. Better yes?

Okay, enough running up and down the front porch stairs. I'm not used to this kind of cardio. Front porch steps repeatedly in 100 degrees is not my style of exercise. I'm more of a yoga, pilates in the a/c kind of gal.

What a happy side track that turned out to be. Now I can get to cleaning the floors. Of course, there will be numerous trips to the window to see who is first in the pool. Blessings to you all from the holler...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's not even summer yet...

It's already hot and dry here in the holler and it's not even summer officially yet!
Speedbump prefers laying on the air-conditioner vent or right in front of the fan.

While Daisy and Corrie like to soak up the sunshine.

JP did get inspired weekend before last and made a whole Mediterranean feast.
The hummus was so good.

We made falafels but my absolute favorite thing was the grilled chicken.

Anyway, that's a few pictures of the goings on in the holler. Blessings to you all.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bloomin' Wednesday

I realized after I'd taken the photos that all of these flowers were gifts. It makes the blooms sweeter because of the giver. That being the case, all of nature cries out "God planted this;" be thankful for the gift from The Giver.

The pictures aren't as pretty as the blooms so use your imagination. Thanks.

I've just put our garden (only six tomato plants) in the garden. This is an all-time late garden for us. Maybe it'll yield enough tomatoes for eating, "putting up," and to bless others too.

Blessings from the holler...