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Friday, April 29, 2016

A Facial A Day Keeps the Wrinkles Away - I wish

 I got a facial today.  It was heavenly.  I bought a coupon off Groupon for a microdermabrasion and collagen treatment.  I get a facial about once a year.  It is hard for me to spend my hard earned money on it.  Such a guilty pleasure.


However, I have to say my face feels really fat it is so plumped up.  Another thing that was new for me was a knee massage.  While my face was cooking, she massaged my knees and then my feet, both over the sheet.  Thank goodness because I didn't shave my legs.  Who knew I'd need my legs shaved for a facial. But I won't complain because it was really relaxing.  Thinking the rest of me may need a little TLC like that.  

Thank you Heights Retreat Salon and Spa.  I feel pretty... Oh so pretty (insert: music notes.) 

Tomorrow I have an appointment at the Beauty School for a trim and color. That should be exciting.  Thinking about blue streaks - seriously.  I  may be running out of time to run like a Wild Woman.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pinterest and Decorating the Porch

I've been playing over at Pinterest.  You know that place is so addicting.  I accidentally did a search on porch decorating and all kinds of beautiful pictures started popping up.

I love pretty porches.  In the shade.  With comfortable chairs.  A little table. A glass of tea.  Life doesn't get better.  Unless, of course, you don't have one of those nice big screened-in porches to decorate.

I showed you my porch the other day.  It's about a half a dozen steps by a dozen steps.  Don't know how big that is in feet but it's about one chair and a dog bed in size.

I looked at some of those cute little iron patio sets but they are not "butt" size to my way of thinking.  Nope not comfortable.  But they do come in cute colors and some have lovely designs on them.

Of course if I redecorated my porch I'd have to get some moss to hang in the trees.  Seems like the natural thing to do even though I have heard moss is not good for a tree.

No.  I think I need to stay off Pinterest and keep up with my blogging. Less expensive and less work.



Monday, April 25, 2016

My Reward for Putting Up With All the Rain

While I was filling the bird feeders this morning I noticed that this Hibiscus has just burst into bloom.  I count 6 well developed buds on this one plant alone.


Then looking closer I saw 4 more buds that were just formed.  Check out the arrows.  LOL.  My first time to use them.  



So that is a heck of a lot of blooming for one Hibiscus in a shady yard like mine. I have several other larger Hibiscus that are in an area that gets more sun but they have not bloomed like this one.  

Must be getting nourishment from all the bird seed that falls on the ground.  One of the feeders is almost directly over this plant. 

Another share is my favorite yard shoes, my Sloggers.  I bought these off Amazon.  I caught a good sale and it turned out to be a great investment.  


They come in a bunch of different wild patterns.  I have a wide foot and they fit me perfectly.  I read a comment from a woman with a narrow foot and she said she just wore socks and they fit perfectly.



If you look on Amazon you will see the different patterns have different prices. I, of course, bought the ones on sale.  I keep them right by the door and try to put them on every time I go to fill the feeders because I will inevitably taken a wander and possibly do a few chores around the yard.

I hear the pitter patter of rain drops.  I don't mind but I think of all the places that need rain and wish we could share.



Sunday, April 24, 2016

More Bird News and Videos

I've been in the habit of saying Red Bird and Blue Bird because that is how the little girls and I discuss them.  But let me be correct.

This is the type of Blue Jay that comes to my feeder.



Below that are two interesting videos from a Backyard Birder that I enjoyed. 


How to Tell Blue Jays Apart (Youtube)



Feeding Blue Jays (Youtube)

Maybe I'll get set up to record one day.  Sure would beat grabbing my phone and running to the door when I hear them.  


This is the type of Cardinal that comes to visit.  



This  little bird below is a Ruby Red Finch.  I also get frequent visits from her.  I say her because she looks so delicate and small.  Fact is I need to bone up on my male vs. female markings so I'll know.





This is a picture of my view from my recliner.   I pull the red wicker chair out of the garage and put it on the porch when the weather turns nice.  When it is too cold or too hot the chair goes back in the garage so Buddy has more room on the porch.




This is the view from the porch looking in.  I keep one of those mesh curtains over my door.  Keeps the bugs out and Buddy and the little girls can go in and out with ease.  Also allows me to see and hear the birds. 



You can see when I say I have a tiny place, that I really do.  Works just fine for me and Buddy.  







Friday, April 22, 2016

Birds and Cat Food

I'm sorry if the bird stories have become boring but I find them so interesting.  (And I wonder why the Grandson finds my life so boring!)

I haven't put out bird feed for several days.  Of course, with all the rain we had that wasn't a hard decision to make.  

Yesterday, I was sitting in my recliner playing on my laptop when I saw a blue bird steal food from the cat's plate on the porch.

I usually pick up the plate when the cat is through so Buddy won't eat what's left.

I used to put the left over food plate on the porch rail so I could put it down again when the cat came back.  That was until I caught doves and squirrels coming to eat off the plate while on the rail.  Now I just have to bring it in.

By the way, the vet told me that cat food is full of salt and since Buddy is having "a little weight issue," I should be sure to keep it from him.


Back to the blue bird.  I saw him a time or two at the empty feeders but I was determined to wait the doves out.  However, when he came all the way up to the door looking for feed, I decided it was time to fill the feeders.

I filled them late yesterday afternoon and didn't see a lot of traffic.  Today as I was sitting here I heard the music and looked out to see a big red bird at the feeder.  He came and left several times.  He is a pretty big guy and I probably could have gotten a good picture but I didn't try.

I'm tired today.  Some days hit me like that.  My blood sugar is always highest in the morning so that makes me pretty sluggish from the get go.  Usually I rebound by the afternoon but this is one of those days that I'm going to have to work the program (also known as exercise) to feel better, I think.

I have several chores that need to be done and will get done if I feel more energetic later.  I'll let you know.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blogger has outsmarted me again.

I guess the last time I changed my header I must have changed my comments section to the pop-up form.  I do like the pop-up form but I have never figured out how to respond to comments when they were posted using that form.

Long story short.  I changed it back to embedded comments so I could reply back.  Sometimes time is in really short supply and I don't get to respond to all the nice comments - like when the little girls are here and I have to sleep for a week afterwards.

So if I haven't responded to any comments you posted lately, I apologize but Blogger outsmarted me again and I couldn't figure out how to respond.

Also I found a bunch of comments floating around the ethernet that I apparently had not published.  So if you sent me a comment and it never appeared, I don't know what I did, but I sent it to the cloud or somewhere like that.  

Dang.  It's not enough I have to figure out Windows 10 and my new cell phone. Now my blog is giving me trouble in a way that makes me look like a snarly ingrate.  I'm not.  Bloggerettes and dudes - I love your comments.

Here is a little smile that says it all.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Knitting Fail

I told you I ordered a new/old book with stitch instructions for knitting patterns. I had no idea there were so many shared patterns out there.

So I started a test run with some pretty variegated yarn I had left over from another project.  The name of this pattern in the book is simply Diagonals I.


You can see above that there are 4 distinct raised rows.  Ok.  Those are done right.




The 5th row (left most brown row) goes about half way up and then seems to double-back on itself.  In other words, I lost count or somehow turned the stitches around and headed back in the wrong direction. 

This is why I only knit scarves.  When I knit plain scarves I can watch tv and not worry about messing up my stitches.  

This was good practice though and I am very pleased with the part I got right. I'm going to pull it apart and reuse the yarn.  I will start again with a solid color yarn to see if the pattern shows more clearly with a solid rather than variegated yarn.  

You know what knitters always say:  


Source: GGmadeit.com




Monday, April 18, 2016

It Is Flooding in Houston

It didn't seem to be raining that hard during the night so I was totally shocked to wake up to severe flooding.  I heard very little thunder and lightning.  Buddy, however, was very agitated during the night. School was cancelled, airport closed and everyone urged to stay home. This is the only solution if you have to get out today.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Visit from the Grand Girls

Mom and Dad had an office party Friday night so the girls spent the night with me.  Their brother lives in town with my daughter, so we swung by and picked him up and all went for Mexican food.  The restaurant we frequent is always full and noisy on Friday and Saturday.  Although I don't really enjoy noisy, when I have the girls it takes all the pressure off of them talking to loud.  The 3 year old is still in that loud voice stage.  As if no one can hear you if you don't talk at the top of your voice - except when we are in the car, at which times she talks so softly I can't hear what she is saying.  Got to get those hearing aids.


The girls ate their toast picnic style on the patio Saturday morning.  I just picked up the four little chairs at the thrift store for $2 for all.  Yeah! and the rain won't hurt them.  I'll have to look for a little table for them.   



 I love this one.  No more pictures Nana she said. 

Of course, no visit is complete without a hat picture.  This is the hat I'm going to paint and refashion like the hat redo post I shared earlier. 



Finally a picture of Buddy enjoying the picnic.  The way he is licking his lips, I suspect somebody fed him their crust.    



I didn't put out any seed today so no bird pictures.  I did get a little planting and repotting done, and I raked up the leaves.  Also took a 3 hour nap!!

Great weekend. 



Friday, April 15, 2016

Squirrels, Doves and Other Backyard Beasts

When I put out my new feeders, this is what I hoped for.  Lots of little birds flying in and chirping around the bird feeders.  



What I got instead was this bevy of doves. There are 7 in this picture.


I do like doves.  I like their little cooing sounds and they have been frequent invited visitors.  But since the new feeders came, they are swarming my yard.  


So today I started trying to shoo them off.  I tried throwing something at them but my aim was so bad they didn't even move.  Then I got the hose and squirted them.  They came back.  Then I got a towel and waved and popped it in the air.  



That worked for about 5 seconds and they came right back.  This smarty pants dove in the picture is just defying me.  Absolutely determined to wait out the crazy woman running around the yard hollering and waving things.  

If that wasn't enough to deal with, the squirrels are none to happy with me either.  This brave fellow ran up and down the tree trying to get to the feeder.  


Then he was really P.O'd with me and sat in this nook and hollered at me at the top of his lungs for the longest time.  He wanted me to know he was good and mad.   



This process of running at the doves, hollering and screaming, squirting the water house, throwing things, waving arms and towels went on for hours.  I'd run them off, go sit in my house and they'd come back.  And we would do it all again.

While all this was going on the bluebird decided to drop by.  He wasn't afraid of all the waving and shouting going on.  He'd swoop in grab a seed and take off. Few minutes later he'd do it again.  He was to fast for me to get a picture. Besides that, it is really hard to take a picture while your hands are waving wildly in the air.      

I just gave up.  So did Buddy.  This bird business is tiring.  




PS.  The lizards gave me no problem today.  They had enough sense to run away and stay hidden.