Garden Lights

This Summer, my garden lights went out one after the other. Tonight I changed out the batteries. And everything looks like new again. Now, the little garden fairies can easier find their way back home. Sara and her friend from across the street like this very much.

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The Dragonfly garden light, which is in my fairy garden in the frontyard.

Stars & Constellation In August

Since the sky is clear, I used the opportunity for doing some stargazing tonight. I’ve got a couple good shots of the Big Dipper (in Ursa Major), the Little Dipper/Ursa Minor, the Spoon & Tea Pot (in Sagittarius) and Scorpio.

Sandy & The Bird Feeder

Earlier today, I saw Sandy having some critter food from the plate I sat out for her and her squirrel friends. A few minutes later, Sara looked outside the patio door window, and yelled: “OMG, MOM! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS! IT LOOKS HILARIOUS!” I had to see it for myself. While Sandy tried to get a piece of corn, she tangled from the bird feeder. Not sure, if she was stuck, I walked outside and approached her slowly. Mrs. Rabbit saw me, and ran toward her rabbit escape hole in the fence. Sandy got startled, made a big leap from the feeder to the ground and climbed on top of the fence. There she felt saver and ate her trophy: a piece of corn, before she balanced along the fence top to jump into the neighbor’s tree.

Restless Joshua

Since Finley crossed the rainbow bridge, Joshua started with his restlessness at night. In the beginning Josh’ seemed to be fine. But the meowing and scratching from 2-5 am becomes more frequent, again. We always leave some food and water for the cats out. I pick him up, pet him for a little bit and take him to bed with me. He’s quiet for 15 minutes, and then he starts all over with the “Meeooow!” *scratch, scratch, scratch*. It is nerve-wrecking, because school will start soon. The girls wake up from all that commotion. During the day, Joshua is tired and sleeps on our bed all day. He acts like, nothing happened and snoozes in the bedroom.

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After a restless night, Joshua sleeps on our bed during the day.

I wonder if there is a critter or another cat in our yard, at that above mentioned time. But then again, Chewbacca would cause ruckus as well. Chewie usually sleeps all snug up with Luis on the dog bed. Maybe it’s Joshua’s way to mourn for his late friend. He probably misses Finley very much. I’m also aware of cats being noctural. But Joshua makes aweful lots of noises for the last five weeks.

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.