Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tractor Paintings and Painting Rocks

Hi Everyone,  I posted these tractors paintings once before, but just ran across them and thought some of you might not have seen them. After visiting a "tractor graveyard" here, I did a whole series of paintings.  I visited there with a friend, Beth, who was my partner in the antique shop for 5 years.  We hitched a ride with a man working there on his golf cart and he drove us through about 50 acres of junk (to some and to others, treasures).  It was wild and wet and swampy in there, so I did take liberties in painting the scenes and added lots of color.

I have been painting on rocks for the upcoming craft and art shows here in town.

You would think that I wouldn't want to paint frogs after dealing with a whole plethora of 
them throughout the summer! The owls are fun to paint, though, and some rock shapes just 
suggest frogs!

Hopefully, I will have around 50 rock animals painted by November!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

End of Hot Summer (I wish and hope!)

Hi Everyone,  It is still so very hot in Florida, but early in the morning, it is coolish. I mean Really early, like 5:30 A.M.  That is usually when the puppy wants to get up for her first walk of the day!  But, cool or not, at 5:30 AM, I am in a hurry to get out the door and get it shut before some frog or lizard gets in the house!  We have so many of those now, what with all the rain we've had and the humidity and the onslaught of bugs it brings.  If I sound a bit bitter, well, I am! I am so tired of pestilence, that first thing this morning I was looking up on the kindle how to get rid of all the above!  

And don't tell me that I should just look the other way, that lizards and frogs eat bugs and that is a good thing. NOT!  Because after eating all those bugs, then what happens? Nature deposits your porches with a big mess, if you get my drift.  So it is a battle all the way around.  Oh, for cool weather!

The Zinnias are getting a bit old looking and other flowers are waning.  I am anxious to plant my cabbages and will do so about the middle of the month, if it cools just a bit.  In Fall, about all I plant are cabbages and broccoli, plus mums and marigolds.
I have one more pineapple growing and it will be ready soon. I must get it cut before a raccoon discovers it! The avocados are in right now, too, and the tree is loaded.  Nothing much new around here in the garden; it needs a good bit of cleaning up, but it has been too hot to accomplish that.  How is your Fall planning coming along?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Puppy Update

Sammie is growing, but still the rambunctious little girl even though 5 months of age now!  She loves to chew because she is getting her big girl teeth in.   

Here she is showing off her pearly little big girl teeth. She is so adorable! She chews on everything!

Here she is modeling her terry cloth hooded bathrobe.  She doesn't mind dressing up, but hates her bath!
You can see that she has made a big hit with the grandchildren.  Austin, the youngest, gives her a good run when he is here and then she will sleep all night without a whimper!  She weighs about 13 lbs. now.