Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My idea of a perfect day!

My horse has been 
resting from a leg injury and
I was missing riding very
much, so I went to ride
someone else's horse.




After an unbearable heat
wave I was so fortunate that 
on the day I had  off to do
this it was a perfect 75 degrees!


It was just gorgeous with everything 
blooming and butterflies fluttering around.


This day will definitely be
a favorite memory of mine.


This is Carol and these are 2 of her
amazingly trained horses.  
It was such a treat to ride a
horse that is so well trained that the
ride is effortless and you can
just sit back and enjoy everything
around you.


I can't think of a better way to
relax and be happy?

What's your idea of a 
perfect day?

Natascha


Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Garden...

My little garden is coming along nicely.
I love Cottage gardens- so I try to emulate
that in my yard. 
These are a few of my 
 favorite things this summer.
These  Zinna's were a surprise.
I have never seen them before
but I planted them from seed.
That's not how they looked on the 
seed packet but I sure like them.



My milk weed has turned into a big bush and
I have been busy finding Monarch eggs and
keeping them safe as they become 
butterflies and releasing them.


This is a cement pipe someone gave me.
I filled it with dirt and flowers for
an unusual container.


Flowers are blooming beautifully!





The gate to my butterfly garden...
I love the sticks we added
to the gate.  Definitely not the
norm in a subdivision but I like it!


I strung up these little pots of flowers on
the arbor with just some
twine I had laying around. 
Aren't they cute?


You can't even see the containers
in the garden that I showed you in Spring


Our goldfish pond is still 
thriving with lucky feeder fish.
They got to grow up to be big!


Those floating guards in the water
seem to keep the Herons from
eating our fish.



I did a little spruce up on the greenhouse.


 I made a little sign to hang above the door.

I gave my shelf a new coat
of paint.

The mirrors were falling out
of this succulent holder .
So I repaired it, gave it a coat
of paint and glued on some
new moss.


I made a little boxwood wreath for 
the door.

These old planters
got a new coat of
spray paint.
Don't be afraid to paint
planters that you find
cheap.  If they don't
match your color scheme.


Spray paint can fix that easily.
That is what I did with the planters 
above.

Cooking herbs grow around my greenhouse.
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I have more pics but I will save them for another
post.  I will end this post with
my favorite pictures of my 
Greenhouse.
It just looks so cute with the 
lights on. I treated myself
one year with this greenhouse when I got
a bonus at work.  I always wanted one
and it is still one of my
favorite things I ever
bought!
Hope you are having a wonderful
summer!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Creations....


I fired several items I made.
 
 
I meant this to be a bird bath
but I guess it could be a bowl for anything.
 
 
This one was an experiment...it was painted
with acrylics and I wanted to burn them off
to glaze it.  This is how it burnt off.  I'm
not sure if the glaze will stick to this.  Will have to see.
 
 
This one has a butterfly on it.
 
 
This one with a dragon fly

 
 This is my goldfish bird bath


Sadly it cracked underneath.  I
will probably try to fill it with slip and refire
 it and see if that maybe it will fix it
just because I like it.
These will take me a long time to
glaze them all.
 
 
I made these sheep from recycled paper.
I made a pulp and pressed into
chocolate molds.   They are about 7" wide
I painted them to look antique.
I thought they needed something.
 
 
I added some paper roses I ordered on Etsy.
Not sure what I will do with them
but aren't they cute and all from
junk mail!
 

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!