Sunday, September 30, 2012

Something for Everyone

I was on vacation this past week
so Daisy and I took
a little road trip
to visit my
Mom and Dad.
Every time I travel home
I drive through
McMinnville, TN.
 I can't seem to stop
my car from pulling into one of my
favorite/unique spots.
It has been there forever and I'll be darn
but I don't have a clue
what the name is.
It's run by a Mom and Son team
and it has been there as long
as I've been traveling through.
If truth be told, I think its
been there since
the beginning of
They not only sell statuary,
they are collectors as well.
What a crazy assortment they have.
Something for everyone.
They've got religious.
They've got cute.
They've got down right tacky.
I guess I shouldn't say that
after all beauty is in the
eye of the beholder
when it comes to
lawn art.
Am I right?
Anyway it's a great stopping place
and I love to see whats
The owners are so friendly
and love to pass the time of day
with you.
If you ever need a pink pig for your front yard
this is the place to go.
Till next time
Happy Gardening.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


First day of a week of vacation.
Second day of Fall.
What a great day to lounge in the hammock
and let the sounds of the neighborhood
lull you away to sleep.
I can hear the kid two doors down
bouncing on his trampoline.
Other children squeal with delight
as they play up and down
the sidewalk
out front.
It's quiet at the Pike House across the street,
I think the boys have a Rush function
this afternoon.
The birds are singing
the squirrels are playing chase
in the tree tops overhead.
A dog a block over is barking like
crazy at the
comings and goings
of his neighbors
no doubt.
Oh! The Boys are back.
Guess it's time to
go in.
Happy Sunday!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


This Friday much of the world will be celebrating
The International Day of Peace.
Some students at our local university,
 are getting involved.
This morning in the Johnson City Press
I read an article about some of
the events the students are planning.
One of the events caught my eye
and made me scream with delight.
Caitlin Cherry and a group of her involved friends
decided to make and disperse, among fellow
students, the "Origami Peace Crane".
They have hopes of creating awareness
of our world's status
and what we can all do to impact it.
  Caitland and her crew have been hard at work making cranes
but they were a little short of their 1000 bird goal.
Nanniepannie to the rescue!
For any of you that read my blog on a regular basis
you know I am a bit obsessed with making
origami cranes.
I was able to donate around 250.
The sad thing about it...
I still have an over abundance of birds
in my home.
What can you do
in your world
to foster peace today
and throughout the week?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Black Birds & Skulls

I've always loved Halloween.
Last week while Susan and I were at
the Norton Jewelry and Accessory Show in Gatlinburg
I stumbled accross these plastic skulls.
When I bought them, I was thinking I'd make
some gardening stakes,
but when I got them home
the wreath felt like a better choice.
I'm always looking for ways to showcase
my origami birds.
Who do you know that has a
Halloween Wreath
with skulls and "origami birds".
Nobody, I bet.
You can find it in my etsy shop

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Early this Spring I purchased three packs of seeds
from "Renee's Garden".
They were all things that I had never tried before,
so it was an adventure waiting to
see what would happen.
The one I would buy again is this
Cardinal Climber.
I planted it around my hummingbird feeder
and have liked the effect.
Another pack I picked up was this
Painted Lady.
Not as many blooms as I would have liked,
but a very delicate flower
all the same.
Take a look at the pods the
Painted Lady has produced!
The third one is this Maiden's Feather Vine.
It has not yet bloomed
and I am awaiting with excitement.
I had no idea when I planted them that
none would bloom before August.
It has been quite a treat to have
such late bloomers.
I also have a Hyacinth Bean plant
 that is doing its own thing.
My purple Clematis has recently had
a second blooming burst.
The last thing I want to show you is not a climber
but the blooms on my asters are in full force
so I wanted to show them off.
Happy Gardening everyone!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

2012 Annual Tree Street Yard Sale

Well it's Saturday evening and our annual yard sale
 has come and gone.
Early Thursday morning I started hauling things
 up from the basement
 to be priced.
I set up a card table in the entry way
 and went to work.
We had lost some things in the flood 
a few weeks back and I was worried
we wouldn't have much.
When everything was said and done
we had plenty to sell.
 It went straight out onto the porch
waiting to set
 for the next morning. 
We actually had people
 Thursday night
come up on our porch
 to dig through our boxes.
  There are some serious
"Yard Sale Shoppers"
in Johnson City.
For the last couple of years
 we've sold on Friday
with hopes of getting rid
 of it early.
The big sale is not until Saturday
but we do a
on Saturday
and it takes all our attention.
This year I put out some of my
Origami Birds...
Sold some,
 but not enough to say
it was a success.
No one wants VHS movies,
 at the end of the sale
I was happy to let all I had go
 for $5.
It was fun, but I'm glad it's over.
Now on to the next thing at
Buttermilk Cottage.
Our Holiday Show
is in nine weeks!

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