Friday, June 22, 2018

What a Month??

And not in a good way.......

I didn't post last week.  Just too much
stuff going on....
On the way to work I got into an
accident on Tuesday.  Thankfully no one
was hurt.  My truck got ker-chunked! 

Plus I have been dealing for the past
month with my horse
having a leg injury that caused her
to go very lame and be on stall rest
for a week.  We still
are not 100%  what the injury
was- After $1000 in vet bills.
What I do know is that the x-rays
indicated no fractures- but some
arthritis. Most likely she had a muscle
injury high up in her rear end. 
She is on the mend now.
She gets turned out and I am
giving her glucosamine injections
and applying Surpass (horse topical aspirin)
to her hock joint.  I am also soon going to
start light riding and see how everything goes.

Here it is improving but still dragging.

She has a fibrotic myopathy on her Right
rear leg from an old injury. 
It doesn't hurt her but when she injured her Left
leg it is pretty important that
everything heals as she needs
4 pain free legs to live!

It's more important for me to
take everything slow and
make sure she is well.

 Last month we lost our dog Jake...

We miss him very much.

He was the best dog ever! He never did
anything wrong and got along
with all the animals.  Always made
we wonder why someone took
him to the pound.  Obviously their loss
and our win!

On  a good note!
Boo Boo (Benny) turned the big 7!!!!

whooo hoooo!  When I bonded Boo and Hazel he was 5
and I saw how much they loved each other.
I so hoped that he would make it to 7 so
they could enjoy some time together.
That just seemed so far and unattainable.
Online it listed average giant lift span at 5.
But look at them now!
So I am ecstatic that he's a very old man!

 I am trying to get back
in the swing of things!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Home Tours...

One of my Favorite Summer Activities is
Historic Home Tours.  The Detroit Metro
Area is being revitalized. Thankfully
many Beautiful Mansions
and dilapidated homes in Detroit are being
fixed up. There are home tours all over though.
I love going to look at
these old homes and admiring how
different they all are.  This is our
first home tour this year.  It was near
the Detroit Zoo. This is lovely
old neighborhood and I would just like to
share some of my favorite homes.

 Big old trees shade the homes here. 

Pretty fireplace in this home.

 What a lovely front porch! This one had
wide the stone railings.
Inside the stone continued
on the fireplace!
 A movie room in the basement  
 lovely built ins...
 Don't they look charming... 
 I love looking at their
gardens for ideas 
 I liked this little sphere 
 This fountain sounded so peaceful.
 I liked how these simple pots
lined the garage door.
 I thought these homes looked cute
 I love how different they all are.  No cookie cutter homes here.
They are all laid out differently inside too.

One home had this pretty rod iron handrail made
with birds in it. 
  Many of the homes seemed dark with the big
trees shading it.
This owner chose colors
to brighten it up her kitchen.
A colorful eating nook. 
A nice pond in one yard!
How cute is this planter.
 A picturesque scene....a cat on a pretty window sill.
I would love to have this Iris
If you like historical homes I would totally
encourage you to do a home tour in
your area.  Its a fun day!
Next week we are doing a
Garden Tour!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bird Baths

I have been making bird
baths.  Inspired by my
Garden and the Birds
that are busy nesting.
This one is a gold fish.
I am full of ideas I want to try to make
but there is only so much
 time in a day to work
on my ideas.
The one above cracked and was sent
back to the clay bin.
This one is going to be a Monarch Butterfly
with Red Cone Flowers

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Good Bye Vines...Hello Butterflies!

I have been battling wild morning glories
like these in my garden for over 10 years.
You can't kill them!
and they take over everything you
plant and choke it out.  I have
tried everything!
So being desperate to kill it I opted for cardboard.
I can get lots of this from work for free.
and I estimate it'll take about 2 yrs. to biodegrade
in which time the vines will hopefully
be choked out and killed.

I had to leave this end uncovered as the perennials
are too closely spaced.
I should mention that I bought weed cloth
but it was too hard to go around all the
perennials so that is why I
switched to cardboard.  In the areas
where I used weed cloth... the stupid vines
are still coming up through the weed cloth.  So 
the cardboard seems to be a better choice.
Then I covered everything with mulch.
Since I couldn't plant in the ground with the cardboard
I opted for container planting.  I wanted to turn this
area into a Butterfly garden.  I am hoping it will attract
more butterflies and humming birds.
I salvaged old dresser drawers
and turned them into raised planters.

A few of the flowers are blooming
I want it to be bursting with blooms!

Plus I used pots I had.  I like to have all 
my pots be a terracotta color   To me it
unifies everything so that it doesn't look like
a menagerie.  When everything starts growing 
I think the pots will just meld away and the focus
will be on the flowers.

I prefer the wilder cottage garden look than formal
gardens with everything trimmed into
balls or squares.  If I had it my way I'd
live in a cabin or a cottage with a thatched roof.
I found this fencing picture on Pinterest
and I liked the quaint look of it.

We are slowly converting
my garden fence to look like it.
I just need to collect a mere
70 more sticks out of the woods!
Plus I'm going to add some grapevine to it.
I like how it looks and once
all the flowers start growing over it
 it will be just like I imagined it!
This arbor is new from last year.  I lined the top with
chicken wire so the little bird
house could sit securely on top.
I knew the birds would be back again and
the house is full of babies at the moment.
 I strung up some little pots of flowers 
to add some color until the trellis grows in.

I have not seen a butterfly but
they must have traveled already
North from Mexico because
I have found 5 Monarch eggs so far
on my milkweed!
Eager to see what will Bloom!