Larry.s Creative Zone
Friday, August 31, 2018
The wind is tossing the flower around. I like the photo because of the feeling of height as it shows things while looking down. The blur of the flower seems to have to be ok.
The zinnia does make a great cut flower. I am going to see how long it last though. The hallow stems may not let the flowers stay good.
It is Friday and the morning was rainy. The afternoon is going to be very hot and then we will have storms in the evening. It seems like a typical summer. The weekend is coming soon. Thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
A slanted shot of my jade plant. It has been large, died off, and now is revived and doing well again. It isn’t a grand shape with only two tall sprigs with all those little starts at the bottom.
My volunteer vine of gourd-life squash keep putting out more. I have yet to find the plant on the net but I will try again soon in my search. The vine is among the red twig dogwood and seems to blend in with them. I won’t take it out until the first frost. Unfortunately the first frost seems to be closer than I would want. I noticed the full moon had moved in the sky to the farther left of me. I thought it wasn’t out there when I was out with Barney last night and ten I noticed it was so far east that I had to go out to the deck to see it. The moon has already stopped being completely round and is distorted like a flat sided ball.
I am happy with this move of the Russian sage. It is sprouting out new leaves at the bottom as well as the center of the plant. I have it coming up in my yard like a weed this year since the grass hasn’t been mowed for a long time. I may pull out some more plugs of it and put it my backyard flower garden with this one. I did see a humming bird getting nectar from those tiny blooms.
The new phlox called “bright eyes” is on its final bloom. All three new ones are doing well in that clay dirt. Next year they will be ready to take growth and bloom with gusto.
It is Thursday and things need to be done. I am on a slow speed today so anything that I can accomplish will be good.
I wish you all to have a great day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
A blurred shot of a pair of humming birds bringing their young one to the feeder. I really had to zoom in quickly and the wind was keeping everything moving. The flew in all together and left as quickly after about thirty seconds.
Taking my wife’s friend to the doctor today. She gets tomatoes and we will get a meal before we go to the hospital. It is cold this morning and it reminds me that fall is coming. We have been have evening temperatures of upper seventies, so this morning it was in the fifties.
I was at the old place yesterday so I will skip today. I can feel my muscles of the job that I was doing. I was cutting quarter round to surround my new tile floor. That was a lot of up and down movements cutting things at the right angles in the right direction and the correct lengths. I did get all done with the cutting and placement but will install the next time. I hope everyone will have a good day today. Thanks....for stopping by today.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Tuesday morning is starting off with beautiful scattered clouds. Each one is reflecting the sunlight.
Our heat has been overwhelming with the air steamy hot and blowing it in your face. I did mow most of my yard yesterday in the morning to help level it off a little. I didn’t do all of it.
It was a windy day and I was having a hard time getting the flower in the photo. I liked this one as it has sort of an informal balance with the blurred house in the background.
I worked at the old place today and left after it started to storm so badly. I drove out of it as I came southeast. It didn’t hit here until later while we were buying groceries. We are still on the edge of a drought area and our rains are few and far between. Any rain, even if it does not measure in the gauge still is good to wet things down.
I did get my blog done for today and thank you for stopping by today. s
Sunday, August 26, 2018
I found a piece of history in our old house cupboard. It was slid back in the corner of the corner kitchen cupboard. It is one of the two that we had. Our newer one had a spigot on the bottoms side of it. It was sent to the landfill last year.
While out yesterday afternoon, I sat on the deck and watched the humming birds coming in to feed. It was a good hot afternoon for the tea to brew.
The one hummer rewarded me a chance to get a shot of it in the air. I have found that they like to approach you if you are wearing a red shirt.
While on the deck I caught a glimpse of the sunflower through the slots of the rail. When I zoomed in on it I have a photograph that is framed on two sides. It is a very hot and very humid today. It is not easy to stay outside for very long. I thank you all for stopping by today.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
The harvest has been good. I didn’t grow large tomatoes so it seems like I didn’t have so many of them. This cherry tomato is reviving for one last production. My pear shaped ones also seem to be revenging. I guess that we left a long drought period and the plants seemed to start a new season.
The knock out roses continue to impress me with all their blooms. This one cluster is on the side of the one bush that is ready to bloom again soon. They have received benefit of getting water all summer from my garden hose. I was watering the main frontward flower garden so it seemed good to help out the roses and evergreens.
It is going to be a hot day with full sun. I could mow the yard but I think I will just wait until more of the dormant grass grows back in to the yard.
I just received a call from my older son about his house being hit by lightning. He wanted to pick my brain about the situation. Our older house in the old town was hit a number of times and we really never had damage. He has lost a lot of his electronic pieces but not major appliances. I know that the water pipes and sewer pipes tended to ground out a lightning strike. His seems to be ground out on one end of the house but the other end did get hit. I don’t like the unpredictability of lightning strikes and houses don’t have the lightning rods anymore.
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Friday, August 24, 2018
The project was one of designing on paper a piece of furniture. It was to be built by hand. That meant that once the instructor had picked the design from the sketchbook of twenty-five ideas, I was to build it without using power tools. The instructor was a man who built tables of great design with natural woods, being used as a part of the design in unusual, nontraditional shapes. Il was the early seventies and he looked more like a hippy than I did.
Hand cutting dove tails worked out good for me even though I had never done that before. I had to cut things smaller at a time and sand them so they would fit together like a person puts their fingers together inside of each finger.
The bottom cross joint was added to the design by the instructor, as her really did like the design on paper. The one bottom board has a white vein of color in it making it look different. As a kid, I should have flipped and put the whiter wood on the bottom. I don’t know how I made that joint with a handsaw but I must have used a wood chisel too. I did cheat one weekend while visiting my parents. I took all the verticals to my Uncle Carl’s house and he help trim the all to be all the exact same length. That did guarantee a better chance at getting it all to work.
This is complicated and I do remember now that I had many small squares to keep track of. To make things more complicated, I made two matching ones to be used like end tables or a coffee table when both pushed together. My glue job was done well but as you can see the one joint is letting go.
I have the second one in the basement, waiting for me to restore it. I remember how hard it was to make these as we didn’t have enough lab time to create them. I took the two to a park to put on the finish as I couldn’t do it in a dorm room. I felt pretty strange back then, a twenty year old, painting finish at a picnic table. I remember that a young boys baseball game was going on at the time. I had to hand sand everything and probably didn’t wipe off the dust back then.
As a class it was to be a purist type of class making us into hand craftsmen using fine wood. The walnut wood and all the grain directions really help make this a great design. With all the experience I have now, I am thinking that was an impossible task.
Thanks for stopping by today.
ps. I remember now that the boards came in this width and that make me create the table in relation to their widths. It made it a lot easier when the power tools were banned for use.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
My one and only monarch was feeding in the front yard. I could not disturb this one while shooting photos around the area. I think it was laying eggs as it was not eating from the dried coneflower. I had seen earlier, a few days ago, a monarch worm on the butterfly weed that grows in the same flower bed.
When it is not so hot and dry the morning glory shrivels up to look like this. You can see buds in the background that are blooming this morning.
There are still a lot buds on the hibiscus. I should have blooms through this mont ad maybe beyond. This variety is not very tall. I know it is its first blooming season so next year it might grow taller as a plant.
We had a rainy day, all day, on Monday. The humming birds and young goldfinches didn’t seem to be bothered with sprinkles. A few days later we have a very cool morning but it will warm up today.
I have packages to send to the grandson who broke his arm. I tried to send out a card to him yesterday and the mailman, who normally doesn’t go until five or six in the evening, decided to go at three in the afternoon. I went to mail the card and the mail had already gone and I had mail. I took the card to the large grocery store and the mail had already gone there too. I long for a consistent mail service in our big city. I actually believe that we didn’t get mail the day before, so they went early the next day to make up for it. You can not schedule your life on that service. Sometimes you don’t have an idea that you need to mail out early because the need to mail something had not developed yet.
Today is chores day for me. I have watering to do and maybe an area of the yard to mow. I will start early on the postal service problem knowing that I can get it done early in the morning that maybe I can hit a mail truck somewhere. Our post office is miles away on the other end of town. Our grocery store post office is a mile away from our home. That will be the choice once everything is ready. It is the middle of the week already. Where does the week go? Thank you for stopping by today.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
It bent over a few weeks ago and I tried to save it. I stood it back up and wrapped the kink on the stem. It didn’t work though as the wind just snapped it off yesterday. The bend didn’t heal but started to root above the old part and no real strength came from trying to save it. I did stick the broken off stem into a bucket of water but I know that will not work.
I did work at the old place today. I had plans of things to get done but I don’t get them all done. The neighbor guy was over and we talked for a while catching up on things. Being a friend sometimes means sacrifice but I can work longer next time to catch up on my list. He was excited because his daughter was going to leave New York City and go to Chicago to work. I had both of his daughters in school from middle school through graduation.
The old place got three times the amount of rain than what we had at the new place. I had chunks of old tree branches to pick up this morning. My yard in Woodward is very green.
A blurry shot of my new fish. It was an immature decision but I bought a koi. They can grow to be a foot long and I will have to deal with that years from now. I have to cover all of the openings above the tank as they do tend to jump out of the tank and commit suicide. I do think 68 years old allows one to make foolish decisions and I will figure what to do when he gets to be too big.
I am late blogging today. It is kind of a low key day. We are both sad about our grandson and his broken arm and yet we know that he isn’t the only kid with a broken arm out there today. His little brother broke his collar bone diving off of a bed about three months ago. Thank you for stopping by today. Yes, as long as the old grandpa in the family doesn’t break anything, everyone will be happy and so will I be.