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Re-Do This and Re-Do That

If it was once good it's sure to be good again.

 Pictures of Blue Jays.
 I've taken a million and they are still beautiful.

Rememer the Century Plant from a few months back? Here it is still standing but you can tell the plant is on its last legs, but it's not done yet.

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After it flowered it put on these fat seed pods. Or what I thought were seed pods.
 I kept waiting for them to drop.

Well they dropped, kinda sorta.
The pods opened up and this baby plant is what fell.

But taking a closer look up top there's new flowers!
This thing is re-bloomimg!
And with a totally different flower!  

And just for fun I made some more minions from palm fronds.
You can tell the older one is on the left.
That's Kevin.

This is Bob.

And this last one is Stuart.

We found an old bedroom set with bookshelves at the Goodwill for cheap! It was in rough shape.
The bed is supposed to slide between the two bookshelves but that was too big for our use. 
So Mike chopped it down, sanded it, and re-stained it!

Now we have a new dresser/entertainment center for the bedroom!


A huge moth...

This is what's left of the whispering pine that we used for all the chainsaw projects. 
The candle flowers have taken over.

And lastly this Great Horned Owl was screeching for all he was worth way up in the trees. 
It took me a long while to spot him but I got him!

Wood Table and Lamp

Mike has been working hard with the chainsaw, the dremel, the air tool and some basic woodworking chisels.

Here he is just starting to make this take shape.
What will it be?

There's staining and varnishing involved...

Those are some nice pieces of wood.

There it is!!!!
A really cool wood spirit or tiki guy end table.
And a big thanks to out neighbors, Debbie and Liz for donating that huge round piece of glass. Made it all come toghether.

Elby approves.....

And in the process of hauling these heavy pieces of wood in and trying to get thing set up, yeah we broke one of our favorite lamps.
Hmmm, I have an idea.
More, later.....

You know I couldn't go an entire post without a nature like pic....
The Great Horned Owls have been screeching like crazy out in the field behind our house, just out of reach.
I managed this shot, full zoom gone digital.
I hope they come closer soon.

Meanwhile, a trip to the liquor store and we found this just waiting to be thrown out.
Actually it's a really cool peice. It's the top of a beer bottle and it has a battery operated mechanism that twirls the cap on top.
Hm, I wonder what I can do with this.

Yes, it look like a bell to me so I broke out the bright red and attempted to paint it. You know, like a Christmas Bell.
Well, no the red isn't doing the coverage that I need, this'll take multiple coats.

Screw it! 
I went to the store and bought some bright silver spray paint. Went on like butter!
I need a clapper. I have a couple of gourds just laying around that are just about the right size.

I also need a bit of Christmassy decoration. I dug back into my rope twisting days and combined two colors of twine to make a nice green candy cane rope.

A couple of pine cones for effect...

Not too bad...
I can change this up before Christmas with maybe a bright red ribbon or whatever.
This'll do for now.


While no one was looking I made a paper mache lizard. It's the big blue one on top. I wasn't extremely happy with it, it's kinda crude so I shoved it into the top of the fake palm.

So here's the next bright idea. The broken lamp becomes another tree spirit guy.

We have two choices:
The one with "hat" (above)
Or this one?

Looks cool either way.

The set up...
The best part is that all of these pieces come apart and we can rearrange them to make different things as needed.

And the complete picture.
What do you think? 
I think it's AWESOME!!!
Lots of work here. Mike has outdone himself...

Comment below, please!

Rainy Season Blues

I'm reminded of cabin fever days back in Arkansas. The rainy season is hot, humid and the yard is flooded. Makes one not want to get out and about. Makes one want to lie in bed and daydream....

I have a mix of shots from the past week. #Lazy
Mike took this one for me.

I hate it when I plant lots of things that I have no idea what is what.
No wait, I love it when I plant things haphazardly and get a surprise like this.

Blue Heron in the sky....

The shadow from the bright sun.

They call this dollar weed when it's dry but...

When it floods they become lily pads.

We are drying up and the dragons are breeding everywhere.

Squeaky ducks take flight at dusk.

A lone heron flying about in the day.

This anhinga, always around.

I'll call her Annie...
Electric Annie!

The hawks were making a terrible racket all day.

My guess is that this little one had just fledged.

Daddy Hawk flying cover.

More of Mike's shots of the Hawk.

Sitting atop the bat pole.
Good shots, Mike!

Now Momma Hawk taking flight.

This is the exact same shadow blue heron from before, taken at the exact same time just from the other side, in the sun.

Pretty bird...

Proud Annie...
Dreamboat Annie...

Storms are brewing.

Although we are drying up we have several bog storms headed our way.

The backyard is looking good but we'll be flooded full again by next week.
Heavy clouds looming...

Honestly, Mike did a good job with the camera. This one straight from the camera, unedited.

So close, the Woody Woodpeckers are hard to capture.

And the Zinnia Twins, I'm happy with them, lots of them, all grown from seed!

Alllllrighty then...
 Back to craft projects and stuff.
I went waaaaaaay back into my bag of crafty tricks and created this paper mache' dragonfly.

We found a nice place for him above the wood gator.

Hold your horses!!! 
Mike's back in the shop and working hard on another chainsaw creation!
I wonder what he's up to this time.
Coming soon!!