Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's a Go.........

We probably had a great sunset but this is all I could see. Living down the hill does limit the view at night.

The opening in the clouds does show that the sun is sending out a glow. We have been cloudy the last couple of days and this morning it is foggy.

I saw another iron stand like this at an antique store.  The owner said that it held a fuel tank which was then piped to a furnace.  I guess the fuel needed to be elevated so it could use gravity to send the oil into the furnace. It has been a form of a birdbath for me ever since I pulled it from my dad's garage but it does seem a little junky for the front yard.

We visited a different neighborhood in our town on Sunday that I really admired.  I won't move there but the whole development is full of great looking houses with mature trees. The street winds around with tall trees along the road and everyone has great landscaping. My neighborhood is young but the feelings of the majority seems to be have a minimal landscape.  My two neighbor's have mention in a subtle way that they didn't like my two trees next to the street. One even said that it hangs on its leaves too long in the fall. The neighborhood we visited will have lots of leaves to rake and it will look so great there this fall. I was please to see a young couple up the street planted large new trees in the front and backyard. Those trees will grow up to be large trees.  I may do the same thing.

I picked the pumpkins from my volunteer vines.  The vines were dead so I just cleared all of the vines from the garden.  It looks better now.  I can now see all the iris that I had brought from the old place.  They are growing well there but I do want to move them to a better location.  It was a temporary planting zone as I kept brings some down each time I visited the old place.

I may have to give in and buy one of those hundreds of pots of mums thats they have for sale at the grocery store. We normally don't do a fall decoration but the pumpkins may change the tradition. You can see one muskmelon out there on the ground. The last one that I picked tested bad so I should get that one opened up to see its destiny.  It would be nice if it were a good one.

I apologize to my blog friend Mildred that we didn't buy any of your Georgia peaches.  I bought California ones yesterday and we will wait to see if they ripen to be good peaches. The Georgia ones are gone.  I know I need to get these into a brown bag to help the ripening to happen. My wife said they remind her of making a peach pie, so I am glad that I bought them.

I finished assembling my set of stairs in the garage.  It makes the whole process of entering the kitchen so much easier. The steps are wider and deeper with each step being at the same height.  I did add another handrail support on the wall to help steady us in our walk up the stairs.  I will paint them and then will place a outside carpet material on the steps to finish them.  I am thinking that the original steps were pretty simple when the house was first built.  I am also thinking the version we had were made by our previous owner cobbling them to a better state.  I am hoping the ones I built will stand the test of time.

I keep picking ripe tomatoes but I think I will have to start picking green ones to be brought inside for ripening.  I have a lot of green large ones out there but they don't seem to be turning color at all. The yellow pear variety keeps producing those wonderful sweet snack tomatoes.

I am on my way to the old place today. Thanks for stopping by today. Everyone have a great day.

Monday, September 18, 2017


With our house sitting twisted to true north, you can only see the light from the sitting sun. The house and the clouds show us the last light of the day.  The house on the right even shows how high the sun is still in the sky.

It was an unusual cloud formation of which a meteorologist probably could name with an unusual identification label.

Heads of the sunflowers are swelling with developing seeds. It distorts the shape of them some as they bow with the weight of the seeds.  The pattern is amazing as the rows of seed can be seen. There is a mathematical term for the pattern of the seeds and once I get the info together I will be showing that.  The design is a God's perfect design which is evident in a lot of things in our created world.

The air is needed in our house as Barney really does need the house to be cooler than what humans want.  I now have a fan blowing on him  all night as he sleeps, to keep him perfectly comfortable. In the morning ,with it being cool outside, our house is just plain cold.  I heat the living room with the fireplace when it is like that.  It doesn't take ten minutes to get the room comfortable. Barney of course thinks it is too warm, so finds a cold hardwood floor to lay on to rest.

There are a combination of reasons the dog needs it to be colder but we want to make it good for him.  His walking around has improved the past few days.  He still can get down in is back legs as the day goes on, and he struggles to get up to move.  He and I have a routine down now that helps him get on the ramp to the steps and then up two steps.  Now that he has learned the new routine is less painful for him, he requires a lot less living by me and more of his jumping one step at a time.  Barney is over 14 years old now and its is tough for border collies at that age.

I am running in low gear today so not much will be done by me today  I am picking the pumpkins today and clearing the dead vines.  We never have pumpkins for Halloween but maybe this year we can do something with them. They are gourds I understand but preparing them for pie filling seems like too much work for an older person like me.

I need to stop the chatter today.  I am glad our Florida blog person living alone is safe and sound. It was a tough season for her and in-laws took her to their conccrtet home.  That was so great as she was not along nor in harms way.  Her cottage survived and trees limbs will need to be removed for a long time.  She had flowers trying to squeeze out some blooms inspire of all the rain.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday, everyone.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday with Rain......

We definitely did need the rain that came in the night. We really had not had a rain for twenty days. My grass seed is now poking through the ground and I won't have to water it today. It was an inch and a quarter in measurement.  It must have been a hard driving one as the knockout roses look stripped down from the dead petals being removed. Petunias sure don't like that kind of rainfall either.

The knock out roses had taken another turn in blooming.  This is a shot from two days ago. It keeps me busy cutting off the dead blooms.

I cut these back in July, removing the buds.  I should have cut back further as I have blooms now that are at two different stages.  New blooms with the older faded blooms make it has a uniform uneven set of flowers.

For those who followed me for a few years, know that we ran a frame shop in our home for almost thirty years. This is an older folding leaf  table that is at the newer house. It is  to be used for cutting mats only. It is in our furnace room/workroom.  Our old counter for our shop was demolished.  The mat cutter is attached to the table so there will be no movement, hoping to have square cutting every time. We had worn the cutter out and I had to piece meal it all back together so we can still use. We cut our very first mat Thursday for a dog portrait that my wife was commissioned to do. It performed well of me making everything square.
It is sort of a normal Sunday for us except for one thing.  We are taking my wife's Sunday school class out for pancakes this morning.  They were offered a choice and the pancake place was their pick.  The girls are all tried generation children of Cambodian refugees from the Vietnam war era. They love Asian food but by third generation, they eat about everything other children do here in America.

The sculpture's personalized flower is looking unusual now with the volunteer zinnia sprouting out many more blooms. We have sunshine now after the rain and it all looks good outside.  We will stay cooler today with comfortable temperatures.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Day Off......

The seed pods of this flower are so interesting to see.  I don't really understand why it needs al those projections on them. Do you know what flower that it is?

From the house I could see that the white clematis had put out three more blooms.  It is in the seed pod stage and bloom stage at the same time. The fly was not a planned part of the photo and would have brushed it away if I had seen it.

We don't like to eat much rhubarb but the three plants that I have just won't stop.  I watched a neighbor pulling it and promptly putting it his garbage.  It seems like a good solution. I dug one plant up completely to give away to a friend and I see that I didn't get it all dug out.  It now has grown up bigger and better than ever.

My neighbors to the northwest have taken an idea from my displaying of Canada geese.  I could see around the corner of there fenced flower garden area, the head of a Canada peeking around the corner. There knock out roses are coming back from the beetles and drought time. They have their entire area covered with rocks to stop a single weed from coming through.

My final photo to share is this zinnia.  It has the top center in focus and the rest of it is unfocused,  I didn't plan it that way but it does make for an interesting effect.  It is Saturday and I hope everyone is good.  Thanks from stopping by today.

Friday, September 15, 2017

No Photo Overload this Time......

I did not notice at the time but the dove is sitting there with his tail in the water. It sat there for a long time but I still could not get the perfect focus on him. Shooting through an upstairs window does give me a disadvantage.

This is one of those, "you should have been there" moments.  Yesterday morning while out with Barney in the front yard there was morning twilight. The moon was clear white, a planet was clear white and a dozen stars were twinkling. The angle was just perfect for the rising sun to reflect off of them. Of course, when I went to the back yard deck, the angle changes and all you can see is the moon. I am not sure that I ever have seen a morning twilight before yesterday.  I think I read that some places where there was a full eclipse that they saw daylight twilight.

The sunrise had a gentle low set of colors this morning. The larger tree on the right has a dead branch on it that became my focal point on my Photo A Day blog this morning. Zooming in on this view gave me a completely different set of colors and light.

We are having great weather right now for hardy geraniums. Maybe not for all geraniums but this posted one is really liking the light and extra water I give it.  This plant has been blogged about probably over three  years now.  I am sure my regulars are saying to them selves, "move on buddy".

I am looking forward to a lot of different jobs today. I hung a peg board in my basement yesterday and now have the task of filling it up with tools.  I have been needing one installed but was not getting board of holes purchased. While picking up wood for the stairs on Wednesday, a pile of four foot square pieces were sitting right in front of me.  It was the time to ponce and bring it home.

I hope all are well out there.  I know that there are still forest fires out there that our press is choosing not to cover. I know that many people have lost their homes.  One blogger I keep praying for as she sits in the middle of it all and did stay in her home.  I am trusting that her problem is electoral outage and keep watching for her on the blog.  Thank you for stopping by the post today.  Everyone take care .

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Summer Views.........

The view out our downstairs guest room has a different angle on things.  I now am realizing that I need to keep watering things.  We didn't get the hurricane caused rain as it went east of us.  We have not had rain for a long time. The tomatoes sure could use it and I suppose the zinnias will last longer too. The grass has come back but still has a lot of dry spots.

One completed project was a shelf in our downstairs family room/art studio.  The arrangement on it right now is a temporary one as we really haven't moved things into any permanent arrangement. We wanted to use the shelf to hold artwork and it will probably do that as we keep deciding about the space.

I bought the brackets and a board.  The brackets take some real time to figure out how to install to stud walls and to get the level.  I finally measured from the ceiling down to get a level line for them.  I did have to fill a lot of holes and touch up the paint on the walls to get this job done.  I randomly bought a board for it and had to go back and buy one that was not made of pine.  If you get the brakes level the board should be of hardwood so a straight board can lay level.

This was an original shelf that was where the white one is now.  I had the brackets left over from years ago and I could not find anymore of them. I had them on the wall and it looked strange without enough brackets.  However, over the bed, it looks good. My wife has a lot of her doll collection in the guest bedroom and this shelf works great. The shelf is actually a recycle piece that came off of a desk unit that we threw away at the old place. While tearing that desk apart I notice that it was too go to be sent to the landfill.

My wife always checks my pockets before she washes my clothes.  I did remember to do this myself after working at the old place Tuesday.  I thought the sight of all the fasteners in the glass coaster seemed incongruent. I don't seem to have my work carpenter apron anymore so all the nails and screws go into my pockets. When standing on a ladder or step-ladder it helps to have nails ever present or you have to go up  and down the steps too many times. I have it down to if it is a smooth nail or a rough nail in my pocket, so I don't have to sort them outside my pocket.

While watering this morning I will refresh the bird bath.  The old-fashioned chicken waterer is there so I am always having water out there if I don't get the whole bath filled.  Those glass chicken waterers are now sold as plastic. I have shots of a dove that chose to sit on the ledge of the birdbath for avery long period of time.

Yes the tacky looking speaker is in the photo too. We bought a palm for out living room to fill a blank spot between two pieces of furniture. The electric outlet between the two seemed to be an accent to the wall and it looked bare. We bought the pot at the same place. The palm actually had real dirt, potting soil, so I just had to add a few inches of dirt around the roots.  It makes sense that a plant the size would live in those soil mixes with very little soil in them. The stores would not be able to keep them alive as they sat in the store.

We still haven't hung any paintings in the living room.  The one above the fireplace is going to get a nail and hang from the wall soon.  We both agreed it was the perfect fit so we will hang it. Our stairway to the basement has a big blank wall which we can hang things on but it will be a daredevil deed.  The former owners left two hooks in that wall  that held a quilt banner. We won't be doing that. I will have to figure out a ladder system to get the hooks down and then we can decide if anything will go on that large blank wall.

I am taking another day off from working at the old place. My stairs project is still ongoing and I have bulbs to plant.  Resting is suppose to be a part of my plan today.  We will be hotter today than yesterday.  I wish everyone a good day. Thanks for checking out my post.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Middle of the Week.......

The young goldfinches have grown and still do come to the feeder. They get a little more intolerant of one another as they get older. They chose to drive other birds away while they are eating. When they were young, they were too busy eating to know they should be  competitive.

The young ones have also found a seed on the zinnias.  This morning I could see three of the trying to get to the seed. The one orange zinnia was being torn apart by one of the birds. The seed itself is at the end of the petals so I am not sure what else they are getting from the flowers.

Sometimes I don't quite see them on the flowers but then when I see the whole flower bend down from the weight of the bird I can see they are birds and not butterflies.

I spent time picking up supplies this morning for working on the rebuilding of the stairs in the garage.  Big stores mean you have to do  a lot of walking around to find things.  I didn't get everything I needed but can go back on another day.  It is about four miles away from where I live.

The little stairs that we had, with uneven heights for steps, will now be all equal in height and width of step. We have been having hot weather so working in the garage means I have to  put up with the heat.  It got too warm this morning when I was working so I just had to quit.  I am not too far from being done but I am working slow and carefully as these stairs are important,  I don't really want to rebuild them again while I am living here. I did look at a rug-like material to put on the stairs but I will wait to make that decision when I get it all completed.

I was slow to get to my blogging today and now will be short in length today.  Thanks for stopping by.