Clever Street Art

Photo of street art with a mouse watering weeds


I guess that, technically, this is graffiti, but I think it is a cute example of street art that takes something ordinary, like a tiny weed, and turns it into something whimsical. Can you see ordinary things like weeds and get the inspiration to create something like this mouse watering a weed, as if it is her houseplant? I think it is so clever! And I don’t have near the talent to even draw something like this, much less come up with the idea in the first place!

I wonder if the government would get all upset if little drawings like this started showing up on the street curbs. I really think most people would enjoy them, but I bet there would be some jerk who thinks it is destruction of public property or some other stupid crime. And some people do not appreciate art at all – they like things plain, sterile and ordinary. I’m so glad that I am not one of those types!

Critters Getting Into My Garden

I have a garden that I planted this year. It’s in the only spot of my whole yard that gets enough sun to grow anything. My neighbor lady is mad at me for planting the garden there – she says that I should have put it in my back yard instead of the side yard, because “no one wants to look at that!” I have to tell you – I was actually offended that she told me that. I don’t see anything wrong with having a small vegetable garden in the side yard, and there are so many trees in my back yard that nothing will grow back there – not even grass!

For the past several mornings when I go to check the garden and water it, I have found one of the bean plants broken off and ruined. I suspect that some kind of critter is getting into my garden at night and braking off the bean plants. We have skunks, foxes, rabbits, raccoons and deer in my neighborhood. Do you think any of them are interested in beans?

I have no idea what kind of critter it would be – and I sure hope that it is not my neighbor doing it to spite me!

I Have Always Loved Horses

wild horses

This is a picture of horses that really caught my attention. I have always loved horses and have ridden since I was only 4 years old. I have always wanted to go out west and watch wild horses running free across the plains. That is something on my bucket list that I intend to do within the next year.

Free Fishing Day

Tomorrow is a special day that is not advertised very much but people who care will keep track and know when it comes. Tomorrow is free fishing day – when anyone can go fishing on any public water in the state of Tennessee and they do not need a fishing license.

I like to go fishing but I don’t think that spending $20 on a fishing license makes much sense if I am only going to use it once or twice over the year. Especially since I don’t even keep the fish and eat them – I believe in catch and release. So the fishing license and the parking fee charged at all the public lake access areas makes fishing awfully expensive for just a couple of hours standing on the banks holding a fishing pole.

Deep Woods Off

What did the people do back in the old days before there was Deep Woods Off? That stuff is like magic and it keeps all the biting bugs away. I can’t imagine 100 years ago having to be outside and dealing with biting flies and mosquitoes with no way to stop them. Ugh – mosquito bites are awful, and I’ve been bit by black flies, green flies and horse flies before. But now I use Deep Woods Off before heading out – what a difference that makes!

Kitty Colors


Found this picture on the internet as someone’s avatar.

Part of me thinks that it might have been a little cruel to do this to a little kitten. But if they did it patiently and humanely, it is actually kinda cute!

Where did July go?

Tomorrow is the last day of July and I don’t know where the time has gone!  It’s been a nice cool summer so far and business is down a little but it sure could be worse, ya know, with everything in the mess it’s in.  I’m just counting my blessings that business hasn’t been down anymore than it has been.

Oh, about my garden, well everything started coming up and the darn critters found it.  You guessed it, the pickings are slim in our garden this year.  We don’t usually have much trouble with the critters because we put out all kinds of stuff that’s supposed the keep them away from the garden.  I bet that boy that was supposed to do that forgot it.  I’ll have to ask him and see.  I wonder if he’ll be honest?  He better be!

Little Joe

Little Joe and his mother have really been so much help and joy to me.  Little Joe likes to feed the chickens and the other animals that he can.  He’s even been helping clean the barn out a bit.  Little fella works really hard but gets very little done because he spends more time talking to the animals.  It’s sheer pleasure to have him out there with me.

Oh he has named each and every new baby we have here.  The twin goats are Billy and Betty.  I have no idea where those names came from but that’s what he named them.  Oh the pygmy donkey was expecting and now has the cutest baby you have ever seen.  Little Joe named her Angel because his mother told him that a donkey carried Mary when she was expecting Baby Jesus.  He said that donkey was an angel and that’s where the name for our baby came from.  It’s that precious!!!

I wish I had a bird like this

If I had a parrot like this in my critters, I’m sure that he would bring in a lot of people if even for just the day to see him.  He would be a perfect addition to my little petting zoo.  Speaking of my petting zoo, we’re having babies left and right.  I guess it’s that time of year ya know.  The petting zoo has been closed over the winter because who wants to pet a muddy animal in the cold?  We will be opening it back up once the temperature starts going up but until then, people can see the animals from outside the fence.  Besides, some of the new mothers don’t want you too close to their new babies.  Anyway, check out this parrot!!  He is amazing.

Right on schedule

We have decided that the apartment for Celeste has to be completed by Valentines day.  Or at least completed enough that she can move in as my Valentines Day gift to her and Little Joe.  Well if things keep going like they are right now, that is very possible.  The furniture I have ordered online for them is scheduled to be here on the 12th.  I just hope it’s not late.

An artist friend of mine is coming in on the 10 to start the special painting of Little Joe’s room.  She’s going to paint a mural all the way round the room of a forest with all of the animals he loves so much.  He spends as much time as he can with my animals so I thought we would surprise him with the animals in his room.  She does wonderful work and I know Little Joe will love it.

I’m really surprised that Celeste has not mentioned the apartment at all.  I guess she is so used to not being able to ask questions at home that she feels it’s better to just leave it alone.  That actually helps me to make the surprise even better I think.