Lanterns For The Garden

Now, the days are becoming seemingly shorter and the night are longer, I like to light up some candles in glass jars. Usually, I make DIY-candle jars to save money. A couple of ol’ pickle jars, frost spray paint, silhouette-prints and cutouts will do the magic. And our girls are in awe.

Here is another candle jar I made on a cold and wet February afternoon, four years ago. Boredom hit hard and I wanted to do something creative for my garden. I went to Pinterest to get an idea, what I could possibly do. On that day, I found an old pickle jar and wax paper in my pantry. After I ripped up the wax paper into tiny pieces, I began to glue them to the jar. This process took a couple of hours, since the pieces were small, and I overlapped them. When the jar was all covered in paper, I looked at it and had even a better idea. I printed out the symbol for LOVE in Chinese-Mandarin, cut it out and glued it to the wax-papered jar. Perfect for February, right?! It looks amazing with a lit candle in it.

I Love Dallas!

After the farewell party in Lower Greenville, several of us went over to a co-worker’s apartment in uptown Dallas, yesterday. Since there is so much construction and new buildings in Dallas, it can be a little bit overwhelming. But we figured it out, and made it to the right elevator in the right building. LOL

Being up on top of the roof of Dallas was nice. But being on a balcony on the 24th floor was no fun, when I struggled with fear-of-height problems. It took me a couple of minutes to actually look out in the distance and enjoy the view. But it was rewarding. And every time I look at the skyline of Dallas, it always reminds me, why I moved here over 13 years ago. I love the big city flair. But I also love the quieter suburb of the DFW-Metroplex.

Farewell Party At The Truck Yard In Dallas

This afternoon, we had a farewell party for Kevin’s co-worker. Him, his wife and son are moving back to the UK. We celebrated at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville of Dallas.

Arriving at the Truck Yard, I liked it from the first minute. The Truck Yard is fairly new, it opened in 2013. It has the flair of a beer garden, “junk yard”, great food, live music, and it is dog friendly. They even encourage to bring your pooch with you. Every day, different food trucks park in the yard to sale their signature dishes. While waiting for the food to be done, we got one of these light-up pagers. Some guests go to the bar, get a drink and find a table under the shading umbrellas and trees in the meantime. The Truck Yard has a truck schedule on its website. If there is food from a particular truck, and the truck parks in the yard f.e. on Wednesday, that might be a good day to visit. I had the “Rice Bowl” from the Ssahm BBQ truck. I was wondering, why my taste buds recognized a hint of far eastern flavors. Later I found out, they serve Korean-Mexican foods. That’s awesome! And it tasted great. Why did I never get the idea of mixing these two flavors? 😉

John Tipton played some tunes with his band on the stage truck, today. It was a great day in a good place to say good bye to a wonderful co-worker.

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Goodbye, Fraser & Family! Have a safe trip home back to the UK!

NOTE: Since I didn’t capture the photo and it was done with Annette’s cell phone, I can’t take the credit for the last photo above.

“Naughty” Little Hummingbird

When the rain clouds were in the distance, I saw a couple of hummingbirds flying back and forth into our trees and back into the neighbor’s trumpet vine. I got my camera to capture some photos of the birds by the trumpets in the back alley. And here sits this little hummer, and sticks its tongue out at me. What a naughty little hummingbird!!! 😉

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“Baaah! Yeah, take this for photographing me!” 😉

I know, hummingbirds stick their tongues out for a different reason. And I was actually surprised and happy to see, I captured a photo with its tongue out. There is always a first time.

The Life Cycle of A Raindrop

The Adventures Of Randy The Raindrop

Randy the raindrop lived in a cloud.
The heat from the sun made him big, strong, and proud!
He got bigger and bigger until one day – Oh My!
He fell through the floor of his house in the sky!

Randy was scared, then he saw more raindrops falling.
“Hey Randy, isn’t this fun?” they were calling.
Then onto a leaf with a splash Randy fell,
And what happened next is a strange thing to tell.

Randy was made up of water, you know,
a part of him went to help the tree grow.
The rest of him went into a puddle so round,
then the sun came out and shone on the ground.

The sun warmed Randy and he started to change.
He became water vapor – My isn’t that strange?
Little drops of water, too tiny to see,
Floated into the sky – yes that was Randy!

Randy’s home once again was a cloud in the sky.
He was a raindrop once more, but then by and by …
The sun made him bigger and bigger and then …
He fell through the floor of his house once again!

by Patty Jean Wiese

The Blue Jays

A couple of Blue Jays visited for a snack, to quench the thirst and take a nice cool bath, our yard. Every day, I refresh the water in the bird baths to eliminate the chance getting mosquito larva. It’s also important for the wildlife to keep the water fresh and clean. The chances spreading diseases is much lower that way. In the dog days of Summer, the Blue Jays enjoyed the cool bath. They looked refreshed and happy, when they left the yard and flew into the neighbor’s tree.

Mrs. Cardinal & Mrs. Blue Jay

It didn’t take long, after I refilled the bird feeders and bird baths, when Mrs. Cardinal flew to the feeder to have some lunch in my yard. This woke the interest in Mrs. Blue Jay to check out my backyard. She noticed, I have a couple of bird baths filled with fresh water. Soon, Mrs. Blue Jay swooped down to the bath and drank some water. It was a warm Texas Summer day. The food and water was a welcome sight for the birds.