Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Thanksgiving.

Just a couple of scripture pix sent to me a while back from a very very special person, and a the Best part of 2017.

2017 has been harsh on things around the house, but NOTHING NOTHING can take away the best event that happened in February 2017!!! I'll be posting more of these, although i need to do a better job of picture taking.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Japanese Azaleas !!!!

One of my favorite bushes in the yard (Japanese Azaleas), forgive the 3 AM picture in the dark, but here it is, the Middle Of November and this bush is still green and Flowering. Well, we did have a large warm snap right after a frost or two, and wow, the elephant ears sprouted again, and i still have a few cherry tomatoes.

I bought this bush 3 or 4 years ago in Hazlehurst, MS. moved it a couple times, seems to be happy in this spot and I have just rooted 4 or 5 more from this one bush. I just love it, In my opinion it puts many other Azaleas to Shame, I'll have to be sure and take a daylight picture. I truly need a new Cellphone too.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Doorstep surprise fall 2017

I suppose these are properly considered a Christmas surprise, but i guess the diff colors they come in now make it a Fall.
Sitting on my doorstep yesterday afternoon, a fall surprise from someone very dear to my heart.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

didn't quite make it to November,,,, but NitaBanita approves.


Nita Banita loves when the heat blows, I decided to burn off the dust in the blower,,,,was hoping to make it to at least November, but a few cool nights had us getting ready,,
One heat loving kitty,,, next to her fav rug, Seagrass, I like the rug because she does some of her best grooming rolling on it.

Her and Silly Dilly are not the happiest with a food change lately... NITABANITA, is the laziest cat i have ever had. She's getting a bit tubby, so i did a lot of research and have been offering more canned food ... ALL my kitties in the past thought it was a treat.
These two have turned up their noses at most I have tried. ESPECIALLY SILLY DILLY.

have a great weekend Ya'll.... yes my weekend starts on Friday.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Mushroom sighting.

So, I don't really remember seeing a cluster of mushrooms like this (they caught my eye on my 3:30 morning walk about) , well not any of size. I needed something to help gauge the size of them, not humongous though. maybe this afternoon i'll do another in the daylight if i remember. Is the proper word Cluster? doesn't everything have a word for more than one?
such as Murder of crows?
a mob of meercats?
gaggle of geese? or is that flock?
gang of meercats?
pack of dogs, 
herd of horses?
and so many more, I'm only guessing here at most.

and now the mushrooms are black and wasted away. really odd lump of mess. and yes, i forgot to take a picture, but who wants to see the ugly things???

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pineapple Guava bush/tree ,,, thank you RD.

soooooooooooo, SEVERAL years ago, i was discussing trees for a privacy screen with RD. she suggested Pineapple Guava,,, i had given up on them pretty much,, I think they are getting a bit too much shade, beautiful blooms

at times, but that was all.

I was checking fence line this weekend, and WALLAH,,, they may be a bit small, I know nothing about this fruit, and the bush/tree leans trying to catch more sun, but lookie,,,, maybe twenty small fruit.

i'll have to research and see what they look like ripe, and the size.  The bush/trees are only about 6 feet tall, Gotta hope the dogs do not notice there might be edibles.

thanx RD!!!! and the place in Crystal Springs,,, although i think someone else owns it now.

wallah, I added a photo of the PineApple Guava fruit,,, those two bush/trees did pretty well for the first time. AND, yes the dogs have found them, they were not to sure of them at first, played with a couple, rolled on them and et them!!!

I hesitantly tasted them, not bad, not sure they are totally ripe, and even though the "net" says rind is edible, too spotted. I'm letting them ripen indoors and will try them again.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Silly Dilly Trespassing

yes, of course kitties(especially Silly Dilly ) must trespass when you open a door to a room seldom open to the public.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

THE BIG EVENT of 2017, (maybe)

no, I didn't take it, and No , pretty sure its no a real photo, but digitally enhanced. but I love it, just love it, so hopefully I'm not infringing on someones ownership. 
and yes world wide a great big event, but it did not eclipse the biggest  happiest event of my life this year. Maybe one day I will share that experience. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Orange is the new mushroom???? or alien?

Ok, dunno if you can see them, i should have fetched my better camera, but anyway, check out the tiny orange mushrooms(??) are they mushrooms? i dunno, but very interesting. they are acutally a brighter orange than the picture shows, I must go do some research on the ww. 
VERY Teeny and small clusters.
i'll have to walk back to the back and see what stage they are now, they were not shaped like mushrooms, well in my uneducated mushroom guess.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Althea trees by way of Japanese Redneck !!

I hope i called them by the correct name, anyway, RD gave them to me a couple years ago, they are finally blooming more than the past couple years, I think they get too much shade, so they might be a bit spindly and need fertilize, but Hay look, and i think they are three different colors, Silly Dilly heped take pix. and oh, the fence needs a new post, i have the post just need to get busy and dig a new hole. Not so easy in the summer with all the clay.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Recipe from Miss Market Bulletin (i think)

SO, I THINK i found this in a recent Miss Market Bulletin, but now, I have to wonder??? After telling J-redneck, i decided maybe i better post it. I took this to my mother since she loves new recipes but they need to be fairly easy these days,,,, Mainly because if she is out of ingredients and she might substitute.
It was really yummy , and she said My brother and his wife fell in love with it.

I love these type recipes in the summer time.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

another oldie, another truck. and a reallly smart dog

another oldy, hope i didn't post this already, YUP, Forest Hll Stables way back when, 1979 or 1980.
I fell in love with this truck,,, Toyota dully? never have seen another. I had to have it, but it just wasn't practicle, So i didn't keep it long. and there it Trey, my first Shetland Sheepdog, and probably one of the smartest I ever had. I love that breed and had two of them, but the shedding was awful , so never got another after they crossed over the rainbow bridge.
this little dog (after he turned almost a year) could learn a new trick in 20 minutes or less,
He played dead, roll over, put matches out, said his prayers, jumped through a hoop to music. and many more. He also wanted to Herd something really bad, he ran circles around the horses, and children.  BUT HE DETESTED people when they smoked. he refused to have anything to do with them when they lit that cancer stick. Miss him and the little female Treni so much. She was smart but no tricks for her, she seemed to think i was punishing her, dunno why. and when a puppy , she was afraid of the camera. 
I thought i had a really nice picture of the two shelties on my flash, but havn't found it, Ill be back!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

First truck 1975??? days of old

YUP, my first truck purchase back in the day,,, I started out with a small car, loved it but realized if i was going to have horses there had to be a truck in my life. I'll have to find a picture of that first car, red white blue, old Vega,,, For those in the know, RD,,,,, this was Forest Hill stables way back in the day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scanner know how plus a couple really old pictures

So, Its been a learning curve with a wireless scanner/copier/printer/fax machine that was given or was that loaned to me a couple months ago. I had it working fairly well hooked directly to the old PC at home, but the PC went belly up , so back to the learning curve of scanning old pictures.  Even though its wireless apparently in order to save pictures to a flash drive, it still has to be hooked somehow to the internet. I did purchase a really cheap laptop, probably a big mistake. and FINALLY i managed to save a couple scans through it to the flash drive that's plugged into the printer. I must try another way. REALLLY though, i think the old pc just needs a power supply, so maybe i will eventually take the old one out and hunt down one similar and install it, I know way off topic for the following pictures. Bear with me.

A real oldie,,, 1980 or 81???? WHO knew,,, a Toyota duallly and my First Shetland Sheepdog, One of the smartest dogs i ever owned, but they SHEDDDDDDDDDDDDD... i didn't have the dually long, It wasn't the smartest purchase i ever made since I had to have a way to haul horses, and I just didn't think it was going to do it. I really wish i had paid more attention to pictures back in the day, even with the cheappy things i had.

Monday, June 26, 2017

RESCUE ALERT,,, not for the faint of heart, did freak me out though.

gahhhhhhhhhhhhh, I hope i never have to do this again, if it had been venomous i would have called my turtle rescuers to come deal. I guess their rescuing of turtles has rubbed off on me, and dead or alive, this thing had to be removed.

YUP< RAT SNAKE!!!! and a decent sized one at that. I got home from work, trying to beat the rain, and what was hanging in the chicken pen? hung up in the netting that keeps out the hawks and keeps the chickens in... YES i have rats, or HAD RATS????

I thought he was dead, but i poked him with a stick and i saw a wiggle. SO, i over came myself, and with a pair of scissors, but him from the netting and with a hoe, directed him back to the woods, LETS hope he learned his lesson. Luke says he would have come to the rescue if I had called, but that means waiting possibly up to an hour. If it had been venomous,,, I WOULD HAVE WAITED.

Please forgive the dumpy looking coop/pen.. Yes it needs work, and I've been meaning to go to Harbor Freight and get a mesh Tarp, rather than using the netting and throwing tree trimmings on top. The birds love it, maybe that's what the snake was after. People tell me they eat chickens, but so far i have not lost a chicken to a snake. I DO HAVE RATS... and a very muddy chicken pen.

DO you see him???? i think it was over 5 feet, I'm 5'2 and it was over my head a little, and tail almost on the ground.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Garden/June 2017 post

Ok, I had to do a June post and because I am way behind on weeding my tomatoes and they aren't very visible due to way much rain, I decided to leave it at this. (My mind has been growing a lot of weeds lately) allergies more than likely...

And my favorite type of Birthday cake(DQ Icecream cake) for a special special person.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day , More cleanup.

Agggggggggggggg, another tree tops down, but this time in the back yard, not the driveway, These are my River Birches that i love, Two very large parts of the tree came down Partially, I managed to lop off the smaller limbs yesterday and toss. I'll have to wait for it to die and come on down. but at least i can cut grass around it now.  I've had plenty of rain and storms lately!!!! TWO power surges this weekend, at least i didn't lose power. These limbs came down on top of a little tree RD gave me, It did suffer a bit, but i think it will be OK.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mothers Day 2017

A gift from a very important person,, ORCHID?? love it but I've never had much luck with them. prefer OUTDOOR stuff. (never look a gift horse in the mouth?)
Oh, Yes, that's a little table/stool at times, that i build a while back from scrap lumber off crates from the Shop at the office. and some 2x2s.

A planted 2005 gift , i think i have a picture each year from this Magnolia tree gift.  it should be much fuller, but i didn't choose the best spot to plant, early learning days i think. Plus Katrina almost killed it that year, with trees on top of it. and THEN THE DEER thought it was a great place to scrub velvety antlers.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Madness

Sunday storms again,,, not as bad as a couple weeks ago, but tree damage from the first storm, caught up with me this week. I knew those trees were coming down, i was hoping for a breathing space, as i have had soooo  much hitting my pocket book in April and May.. I have to admit, a WONDERFUL thing happened in February, but its been a bit downhill since.
This is my driveway from the street side, NO ,, I could not get out yesterday morning to come to work. I did find a guy, off a local website on FB from Utica that arrived yesterday morning to make a path so i could get out. I do not know what they charge for tree work, but I think i got a good price for all the moving he did by himself, When i sent pictures, i told him it was worse than it looked. I did give him an extra 50, I also didn't have him haul it off. just pushed to the side. I'll probably find someone who might need firewood, a good bit is oak. He had to cut them small enough to move, so whoever gets it may not have a lot of cutting to do. I will use him again as he made time on his way to full time job, plus when i called him , he was on his way home from Florida.
the last picture is the pond full from the rain,, went down fast though.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Another beloved horse passed over 5/9/2017. This one was my sisters horse, but I was close to him also due to us leasing pasture/barn and stabling at the same places for years, until she finally bought a small place several years back. JAE will be missed, He was an odd character at times. My most favorite , a leopard Appaloosa and Jae were half brothers. JAE was 37 this year. I see Darby's nose made it into this picture also,,,, Darby is the one that passed on over just a few months ago, not near as old as JAE. He lived a good life I do believe.

could it be Orange??? almost???

Well a corally orange maybe, not bad for a Walmart find. I really need to get serious about an ORANGE ROSE. I saw some on ebay,,, kinda expensive i thought and no guarantee it will make it, although I have bought plants on ebay in the past.

I used to LOVE shopping at Huttos in the Ellis Ave area of Jackson,, my fav store years back, not so crazy about the area now, but they used to have plenty Roses to choose from.

AND WAY back in the day, it was a great place to shop for horse related items.

oh the garden tools they have, some a bit pricey though.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storm days , April will not be missed.

OK, so it looks like lovely weather, this was between storms... April went out like a blast. I was just too tired to come to work Monday and Tuesday.. WHO knew electric could be so missed? Two and a half days, no electric. I've let my generator sit too long between cranks, must do something about that, but i really didn't think it would take so long to get electric back... little did i know.. SO I was up way early as always Sunday... doing this and that. The weather dude says take cover it coming your way... I've been taking all that with a grain of salt lately since they really say it all the time now. well things got worse. I ended up in a closet wrapped in a queen size really think memory bed pad for the worst of it. It was scary. and of course, electric GONE.
All i have now is a cell phone. I;m trying to call Entergy,, although i'm sure it was already reported. AND MY CELL PHONE SAYS EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY. I could call NO ONE. I could TEXT no one. I COULD EMAIL NO ONE. well at least for 45 minuets.
I crawl out,,, and i have NO ELECTRIC and NO WATER?????? NO WATER???? i call and leave a message at the water company,,, not them..... so i drive around in the rain to 3 neighbors asking if they have water, they do. AND some had damage to their roof. UPROOTED trees, 4 of which are on the property line, and will probably eventually fall across the driveway... they are holding each other up. BIG TREES.
Back to the water. so, i walk the water line. almost one thousand feet. Closer to the house,,, a LARGE tree limb sticking straight up... WHO KNEW,,, the limb stuck into the ground and BROKE the water line. i stuck my arm down the hole to my shoulder. and yep. BROKE.
so back to the road , trying to turn off water with channel locks. ( I now have the correct tool and lots of bruises.
I did manage to get a friend out for a temp fix on the water line. he had to get more parts and we will check again for those nasty drips.
guess i'll have a large water bill, since its the same month the water heater went out.
its been rough,,, and more to come. Some personal issues going on also that can be major for a family member. Only time will tell.

sorry for the humongous book... more for my benefit in years to come.
OH the picture is after electric was back, but i called Entergy back later in the day because a limb was still on the line, which i could see causing more power surges very soon.

APRIL, BE GONE. MAY please get better.

PS, at least the Limb that broke the water line didn't come through the roof. yeahhhhhhhhhh,

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Texas Skillet Modified

I mentioned getting a Texas Skillet a few months back,,, here it is, I guess they call it that because its a bit larger than what i call a Chicken Fryer. It comes with no lid, probably because it has small pour spouts. I like a large skillet, because i cook extra to freeze.
I really like a lid at times though,,, so this weekend, I was in the Dollar tree, I saw a Pizza pan and thought ,,, hmmm lid?? I "borrowed" a tape measure in the store and it and the pan measured 13". I wasn't sure if it would fit, but even if it had not, i would have done SOMETHING with it... But Low and behold,,, It fit Very well, I had changed out some drawer pulls on a cabinet, so I used one of the older drawer pulls, Poked a hole in the cheap Pizza Pan, cut off the screw to fit, attached and I have a LID!!!!! , not the best picture but here it is!!! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

So, i was tired of shopping and settled a bit.

On a new USED vehicle. Its a whopping big difference than my normal truck buying, I don't have horses anymore, but dang i love a truck. Everything newer than my truck and affordable has more mileage than my old 95. For now, i'll keep the 95 for yard stuff, but take a look at what i did get.
I never wanted a black vehicle but I was tired of looking. It isn't new by any means but hopefully it will last for years. I have found a couple nit picky things i should have noticed before i signed that buy as is clause, but ONWARD. easy on gas, so maybe i'll get back in the groove of checking out junk shops and such. 2008 Honda CRV , no frills, and still everything seems backwards. My memory is still stuck in 95 no frills.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Woodpeckers peck on.

haha, Love watching birds,,, surely its the same woodpecker family every spring that nest in the entergy pole closest to the house. I should get my better camera out this year and get better pictures. More roses,, Elephant ears making a comeback. the early warm period had them coming up and then died back,,, I feared for them. But they are surviving... I just love elephant ears.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Roses again, spring 2017

before the storms,,, wonder if there are any roses left on the bushes after last nights major storm??
Glorious while they last, i really need to dead head and let the greenery grow a bit more. Is it my smeller, or do roses just not have much smell anymore. One of these might , the one i bought at the Raymond spring fair a few years back. I've moved them 3 or 4 times. I think i finally found the best spot for them.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

supervisor of the yard

Just ole Silly Dilly watching me move almost dilapidated plants from the indoors to the memorial corner . I'm so ready to get those plants outdoors, once again, i may have to unload some of them and just keep one or two. Love some of them, but a couple are a pain to move about.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

First beautiful Boxie of 2017

OFFICIALLY SPRING, when the 3 toed Boxies arrive!!! this one was crossing my drive in front of gate when i was arriving back home from grociery shopping. i didn't get a great picture of HER?? head but wow, what ORANGE.. looks to have been in a small accident once upon a time, but all healed up, a small chunk missing on front of shell. I had to stop and move her to get in gate. but i do that anyway!!! WOW what rain we had that day. well a couple days, Lost electric Monday evening around 7 and finally got it back Tuesday at noon. Kinda glad i was at work, but getting ready by flashlight, i may have been a bit rugged looking. HAA