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Sasha (Mini Dachshund)

Sasha (Mini Dachshund)This is my baby Sasha. Isn't she the cutest thing you have ever seen? I had to share her pictures. She's an 8 week old mini-dachshund! Cute huh!?

 

Two knees over a grassy field.

Legs in the Middle of ParadiseI haven't felt free and refreshed for a very long time because of this pandemic. Yet, on this day, I felt like a rebooted phone right after.

 

Wildflowers at sunset.

Wildflowers and Sunsets of SerenityThis absolutely beautiful picture of yellow daisies, dandelions to make a wish upon, bunches of petite white flowers, peace. Long grass and pretty green weeds, this is my garden of sunshine, my garden of peace. This is heaven.

 

Woodpecker at feeder.

Pileated Woodpecker and Bird Feeder PoleWe built our own bird feeder pole from a piece of treated wood and iron planter hangers. As you can see from the picture, our feeders attract interesting birds. This Pileated Woodpecker has visited us twice. By dkhorse

 

Yellow finches on backyard fountain

Backyard Bird Fountain FunWe had picked up an inexpensive fountain for our backyard feathered friends a few years ago, and I piled rocks on the top tier as it seems by watching them, they appear to like the naturalness of the rocks, maybe it makes it more realistic to them, and we just love seeing them enjoy it.

 

Closeup of Jack.

Jack (Corgi/Feist/Lab Mix)We have had Jack since he was a puppy, and he is our daughter's dog and very good friend. The name "Jack" comes from the brindled bulldog in the "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We had been reading them aloud as a family when Jack came along, and the name seemed to fit.

 

A heating/massage pad on an office chair.

Add Heat And Massage To Your Office ChairI have severe back problems which make me very uncomfortable, in the morning especially. I bought a heat/massage unit to put on the sofa to help my back pain.

 

Weimaraner puppy, with pink toenails.

Foxy Roxie (Weimaraner)Foxy Roxie is a 4 month old Weimaraner. We got our dog from craigslist, 4 days before we had our baby. She likes to play with her ball and chew on bones .

 

Cat stretched out on bed.

Isabella (Siamese Mix)Isabella is a 1 year old Siamese mix. Isabella and her sister Polly were given to me by a co-worker. Bella loves to chase bugs, run through the garden and cuddle.

 

Jack Russell mix dog

Tessie LaNae (Jack Russell Mix)This is Tessie LaNae. We believe she is a 3 or 4 year old Jack Russell mix. Maybe with Rat Terrier or Corgi? We found her at a KY Terrier Trial, Mothers Day weekend of '09.

 

Kona (Yorkie Chihuahua Mix)  - brown and tan puppy in a blanket

Kona (Yorkie Chihuahua Mix)My husband and I had been talking about having a puppy for a while, but we never had the courage to get one. So I've been dog sitting a few times because I was home full time. The week of our first year anniversary I asked my husband if we could go look at a puppy I found on Craigslist.

 

Valentines Through The YearsThis is a collection that my husband has made for me for Valentines Day for a number of years. We've been married 57 years so you can see the romance has not gone out of our marriage.

 

Morning Glories Growing Wild - pretty purple morning glories

Morning Glories Growing WildPurple morning glory vines growing wild all around some of my husband's work benches. I have never grown any, but have always loved and wanted to. On October 10, 2018 a category 5 hurricane came through and left behind devastating destruction on homes and property. With our home and property being such a sore eye, seeing these beautiful morning glories just reminds me it is a new beginning.

 

An orange butterfly on a blooming bush with purple flowers.

Butterfly MagnetWhile shopping in the lawn and garden section at a home improvement store, I was trying to decide on plants. This beautiful butterfly landed on the butterfly bush next to me. Pretty good sales technique, I bought two bushes!

 

ravens on birdbath

Use Removable Inserts In BirdbathI have a lot of bird baths and most of them are made from cement and stone. They are very heavy and my biggest pet peeve about them is that they sit in the sun and they turn green with algae.

 

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Light brown and white dog lying with her head between her paws.

Gracie (Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle)Gracie is 10 months and a Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle. We found her on Petfinder and Craigslist. She and her siblings were in a shelter and they (plus other dogs) were due to be put down within the next few days.

 

Photo of a homemade cat tree.

Homemade Cat CondoAll in all the huge cat condo/gym cost me about $350 in materials and took me most of 3 solid days to make it. It is completely self standing and the cats love it.

 

A recycled market bag made from plastic grocery bags.

Making Market Bags from Plastic BagsI make market bags from plastic store bags and colored trash bags. Here is a photo of a pink one I made. With most stores going with reusable bags now, I think people will enjoy these.

 

Change Shoe Color with Cream PolishI needed a pair of comfortable black shoes to work in. I already had a pair in my closet that were suitable, but they were the wrong color and had a couple of stains on them I just couldn't get out. I decided to try some black cream shoe polish.

 

Cupcake (Lhasa Apso Mix)

Cupcake (Lhasa Apso Mix)Cupcake is 3 years old and a lhasa apso mix. I rescued her on Valentine's day. She loves to chase cats.

 

Twix (Dachshund/Chihuahua) - cute puppy in Spiderman outfit

Twix (Dachshund/Chihuahua)I have had Twix since October. My fiancee and I are in a long distance relationship, it is hard because I always feel lonely and always missing my fiancee. He knows how much I love dogs, so he asked someone to surprise me. And yeah that was Twix.

 

Suzie (Long Haired Dachshund) - black and white dog in garden

Suzie (Long Haired Dachshund)5 years ago those big brown eyes looked at me through the bars of her cage at PAWS in Seattle. I really needed a friendly, easy going dog to keep me company. She loves to walk through tall grasses and sit under leafy plants. In the summer she spent happy times sitting just where you see her and squirrel spotting.

 

"Gotcha" (Chipmunk) - closeup

"Gotcha" (Chipmunk)While at the botanical gardens in Tempe, Arizona, I saw the chipmunk along the trail having a little snack and striking a pose! Gotcha little guy!

 

Merlin at the window.

Merlin (Maine Coon Mix)Merlin is 5 years old. We believe that he must be at least part Maine Coon because he is the largest cat that I have ever seen. I have also heard that they are very calm and sweet and laid back.

 

rooted cutting

Rooting Hibiscus Moscheutos Stem...Many years ago (more than I care to remember), I tried to root stem cuttings of Hibiscus Moscheutos. Every stem died. I blamed it on the stems being so young and tender. I gave up on the project, figuring it couldn't be done.

 

A dog looking up at the camera.

Baxter (Boxer Mix)We got Baxter from the Humane Society. He came in with two siblings and his mother, who was a full breed boxer. Baxter and his siblings were found on the side of the road and rescued. When we saw him, we knew we had to have him.

 

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Warning: Don't Use Bleach If Iron in WaterIf you have iron in your water supply, it is best not to use bleach in your laundry. It makes the iron worse and can leave yellow stains. I have known this for years, but I think it is not as well known now as it was in my generation.

 

Angel air freshener cover.

Angel Doll Air FreshenerAngel doll is an air freshener. You can use it in any room of your house. I crochet the dolls in all colors. This doll has silver trim with silver wings. She could also be made with gold wings and gold trim.

 

Bernese Mountain Dog and Great Pyrenees Mix

Gordi (Bernese Mountain Dog/Great Pyrenees)Gordi is one year old. He is a Bernese Mountain Dog/Great Pyrenees mix. I purchased Gordi from a breeder and my husband and I drove to Missouri and picked him up the day he turned eight weeks old.

 

Toddler sitting on rocking chair.

Teddy Bear Rocking ChairI built this little rocking chair for my last granddaughter Camden. This is her 1st birthday and I wanted her to have something special from MeMaw. I found the pattern online at:

 

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Mandevilla Cuttings

Mandevilla CuttingsThis is Mandevilla cuttings being rooted. They root very easily and will root even in a glass of water. I prefer to take 3 to 4 inch firm pieces from the tips of stems and place them in a good rooting medium.

 

A collection of brightly colored cookie cutters.

ThriftyFun TipsI want to share what I do on a normal day, which I have learned or adapted from this site. Here are the things I have learned, which have saved me a lot of money and have helped me to lead a more frugal life, which brings a lot of happiness to me for some reason.

 

upturned petal hibiscus flower

Chandelier Like Hibiscus FlowerCommonly known to us as "gumamela", this kind of hibiscus is beautiful because of its chandelier like bloom. The petals are curved upward, but unlike the petals of other varieties of hibiscus, this one is forming like that beautiful chandelier design in your living room.

 

Ipomoea alba

Moonflower vs Moonflower VineThe Datura has several common names. It is often called 'Angel Trumpet' or Devil's Trumpet'. Other common names are 'Jimson Weed' and Loco Weed. It was only after researching that I discovered the Datura has yet another common name, that being 'Moonflower'.

 

Jackson (West Highland Terrier Mix)

Jackson (West Highland Terrier - Poodle Mix)Jackson is a three year old West Highland Terrier - Poodle Mix. :) He was a gift from my ex boyfriend who has since passed. My ex instilled in me a passion for the mountains and hiking, Jackson loves hiking as well.

 

Petie (Senegal Parrot) - green, yellow, and gray parrot on toy plane

Petie (Senegal Parrot)I got Petite from a co-worker who's girlfriend did not want him, in 2005. I trim little Peties flight feathers to keep them safe and as you can see by the picture he decided to fly anyway. He likes to chew on things and tear them up sometimes. I think he's part beaver. And he likes to be loved on.

 

at river

Lela (Lab/American Staffordshire Terrier)I rescued her 1 month ago. Lela loves it when we go on long hikes, usually 4 miles or more and she also loves going to the river.

 

White dog lying in bed.

Toby (Maltese/Cockapoo)His name is Toby. He is a senior! He is 10 years old but still acts like a puppy! He is a Malta Cocka Poo! Yes that is correct! His Mother was a Maltese, his father was half Cocker and half Poodle! We got Toby 10 years ago and he was in the paper and the last in the litter.

 

Bessy (Pot-bellied Pig) - on back of couch

Bessy (Pot-bellied Pig)We bought our pig when she was six weeks old as a companion for our daughter. Bessy is an outdoor pig who comes inside to visit, and she enjoys laying on the couch, including on the top of the couch where she lounges like a cat. I think her back-of-the-couch days will soon come to an end as she grows, however!

 

Maggie (Australian Shepherd/Chow)

Maggie (Australian Shepherd/Chow)Maggie (short for Magnum PI) is about 3 or 4 years old. The shelter said she was Australian Shepard/Chow Chow mix We adopted her from Table Mesa Animal Shelter about 6 months ago.

 

Fleur de lis (The Lily Flower) - light and darker purple iris against a royal purple background

Fleur-de-lis (The Lily Flower)You won't find an iris more plain or simple than this. It was about the only one to adorn the flower beds around 1900, before intensive cross breeding began. I still grow it. It's the first of all my iris to bloom, sort of a harbinger of what's to come.

 

Halloween Costume: Measuring TapeHere is a photo of my son-in-law's Halloween costume. All hand made with cardboard, metal, plastics, etc. He always wins with his unique costumes.

 

A dog looking at the camera.

Tucker (Chinese Crested)Tucker is not a dog I ever thought I would own. But he is the best pet 

 

A small black dog wearing a yellow diaper.

TrixieBelle (Chiweenie)I got my furbaby when she was 6 weeks old. I found her on Facebook. I saw her picture and fell in love. She was born on my birthday so we share a bond like no other.

 

A deer eating a snowy tree.

Snowy Snack (Deer)This photo was taken in my yard. The wooded community I live in is also home to a large population of deer. They make their rounds thru the community looking for good things to snack on.

 

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A small black dog.

Mike (Shorkie)My Mikee came from a rescue shelter. What a surprise, he is a Shorkie and the love of my life!

 

A dog looking up at the camera.

Rollin Eugene (Catahoula)He was five weeks old and he was in a box with his two sisters! He was the best even then!

 

A brown dog in the back seat of a car.

Lacy (Labradoodle)This is Lacy. She is our Labradoodle, about 7 years old here. She's going on 8 years old now. Loves car rides, just to go anywhere with our girls. This was taken by our youngest daughter.

 

A dog and a cat cuddling.

Gunner (Boxer) and Em (Cat)Gunner is 8, Em is 1. They are a boxer and a domestic tabby.

 

A dog chewing on a person's foot.

Sebastian (Chihuahua)"I prefer my bone, but this will do for now." This is Sebastian and my husband's foot. Sebastian was a Facebook rescue in 2018. He's a feisty chihuahua. Always wanting attention and doing whatever it takes to get it. Including chewing on dad's foot. LOL

 

A tree with yellow leaves in fall.

Webcam: Beautiful Fall ViewDo you want to see something beautiful? Look at this webcam.

 

Elmer

Elmer (Cat)Found in wood pile.

 

A small brown dog curled up.

Charliebrown (Dog)My nephew gave her to me 6 years ago.

 

A picture of sunset in Maine.

Sunset (Ogunquit, Maine)This was a picture of the sunset behind my hotel in Ogunquit, Maine. Gorgeous place to vacation. This is on the Eastcoast of Maine. York Beach, Wells Beach, Kennebunkport, and many more wonderful places to visit. If you like lobster, THIS is the place to go. I have been going to this area for 40 years. It's my home away from home.

 

A beach in Maine.

Ogunquit Beach (Maine)My vacation just two weeks ago. The most beautiful beach.

 

Two turtles playing in the water.

Playing TurtlesA local park has a lot of turtles, and we love to watch them.

 

The sun setting over water.

The Sun and The WaterSummer night around 7 pm

 

A bouquet of Texas bluebells in a vase.

Texas BluebellsHere are photos of a few Texas Bluebells, a wildflower that grows every year in our front yard. Please know that I do NOT pick them, but this one had broken off, so I brought it inside. I want to let as many of them go to seed as possible.

 

A deer in the woods.

Beautiful View (Deer)We just moved to a community that is nestled in the woods. The deer live here with us, they are part of the community. We have a large bay window in the living room, and this was my view when I glanced out the other day.

 

A dog sitting on its hind legs, looking out the window.

Peppy (Mini Poodle)Peppy belonged to a relative who passed away 6 years ago. We didn't hesitate to adopt Peppy, because he is a pup with personality!

 

A dog on a leash in a grassy area.

Bruce (Staffordshire)He's a big baby and loves attention! He loves kids or anyone who shows him attention!! He's very smart to be so young. He's never pooped in the house! He caught on to being house broken in one week and learned basic commands around that same time. Any one who meets him absolutely falls in love with him! But just so you know, he is a ladies' man.

 

Rose bushes behind a small white picket fence.

Pretty RosesThis is my first time planting roses bushes and I've been pleasantly surprised at how well they are doing. What are some helpful tips to help keep them looking good?

 

A dog wearing a life vest on a dock.

Kimchee (Collie Mix)5 3/4 years ago. Adopted from City Dog rescue in Washington, DC

 

A Siamese cat in the garden.

BambooWe rescued Bamboo in May 2020. She was brought to the shelter when she was pregnant and we got her after she was done feeding her litter and they were old enough to be adopted out.

 

A beautiful scene from Jiuzhaigou, China.

Beautiful Scene in JiuzhaigouI have been in Jiuzhaigou in 2019. It's very beautiful, just like my dream scene.

 

A dog sitting on a carpeted floor.

Buddy (Boxer)We rescued him from an abusive home, the guy beat him, punched him, kicked him, starved him. Honestly I don't know how he made it as long as he did but I'm sure glad he did. He's our BIG BABY, acts like a kid constantly and just so loving and caring despite what he's been through, He truly is an amazing dog/son!

 

A small black and white dog on a brick floor.

Cady (Mixed Breed)We adopted her as a surprise for my mom after our dog, Jacky passed away. We got her when she was about 11 months old in late 2018.

 

A small dog in an Adidas jacket.

MedelianMedelian likes throwing his My Little Pony figures around, kicking and biting bouncy house balls and during warm months frolicking, frolicking on our 1.25 acres walking around with his friendly wildlife animals that do not fear him.

 

A grey and white cat by some flowers.

Kylo (Cat)I found Kylo walking down my block I took him home to surprise my Son Isaiah. He was only one month old. We (me and my three sons) love him so much.

 

A bunch of weeds with white flowers.

Wedding Weed BouquetI was walking home one day in a not so nice area, when suddenly I came across this beautiful weed. It reminded me of a wedding bouquet. It was definitely a surprise worth admiring and taking a picture of. Beauty can pop up in unexpected places ! :)

 

A bunch of orange flowers growing near lattice.

A Weed or Not a Weed?As I was going around our backyard pulling weeds, I found these beautiful orange flowers growing through the lattice that surrounds our air conditioner. We never planted them, so I wondered how they sprung up there. Then I noticed the leaves on this "flower" and they looked exactly like the leaves of the weeds I had been pulling up.

 

A peach blossom on a branch.

Peach BlossomThe peach blossom is one of the most beautiful to appear in early spring.

 

Yellow mahonia in bloom.

MahoniaMahonia is a first sign of spring. It appears immediately after the snow. With its beautiful flowers and intense scent, it attracts bees.

 

Yellow dandelions in a lawn.

DandelionBeautiful cheerful yellow flowers are a real decoration of every lawn.

 

A palm tree lined street.

Drifting Away (Florida)Beautiful view of palms and a street that runs right by the beach in Clearwater Florida! White sands, salty ocean air & breeze, blue skies, and lots of sunshine. A heavenly daydream lived through one picture.

 

A spotted black and white dog on a carpet.

Lola (Chihuahua/Dachshund)Lola is 4 months old here. Her father is a white chihuahua and mum is a tri colour dachshund. Lola has a lovely beige and black mottled coloured fur. Both of her ears are very upright now, they are even bigger than my purebred chihuahuas.

 

An air plant blooming.

Blooming Air PlantThis is the first time this air plant (Tillandsia) has bloomed. I love the beautiful purple flower. Afterwards, I believe I should be expecting baby pups. Snapped some photos to share with you all!

 

A sac of the praying mantis on a tree.

Praying Mantis SacsI discovered two praying mantis sacs in my backyard. The sacs are both relatively small so I wonder how many eggs are inside each. These praying mantis will be a great addition to my garden when they hatch.

 

A garden path with flowers next to it.

Creating Your Own Botanical Garden During Shut DownThe year of 2020 will never be forgotten, with virtually no travel, separation from family, and many tourist attractions closed. It was time to focus more on what I have. I decided to make my garden more of a relaxation, tranquil, and fragrant place to hang out, during a time where going away wasn't really possible. I went with some upgrades to my garden, all the while this work was giving me a purpose, therapy of plantings and the great outdoors, that is free to enjoy.

 

A dog wearing a hat

Kiwi, Winnie, Precious and LunaKiwi - 4 days ago because she needed a home. Winnie was free in Craigslist and Precious is my husband's. Luna is from the shelter and it was little less than 7 years ago.

 

The sun shining through leaves.

Time to Wake UpThe early morning hours are a good time to take photos as the sun comes out for the day. I like this picture taken on a hiking trail, when the sun is shining through the foliage while parts of the foliage are still waking up!

 

The sun peeking through the trees.

Sun Playing Peek-A-BooThere is something so serene, so special when I see the sun peeking through the trees.

 

A lake surrounded by forest.

Spring Surroundings of the Vidraru LakeThe surroundings of the Vidraru Lake are unforgettable especially in spring. The mountainous landscape, the gentle rays of the sun and the calm surface of the lake enchant with their beauty.

 

A woman at the edge of a riverwalk looking at the river.

Date Night (Chattahoochee Riverwalk)Date night in Alabama.

 

A boat on a lake at twilight.

Twilight on Lake ZvornikThe best way to spend a great summer day is to go to the lake. but the most beautiful moments come at the end, when the sun sets and everything calms down.

 

Pelargonium (Geranium) - closeup of beautiful red geranium bloom

Pelargonium (Geranium)Red has always attracted a lot of attention, and red flowers are always the most beautiful. Whether you are giving away or receiving flowers, red is a great choice.

 

Beautiful Amaryllis - red and red and white blooms in garden

Beautiful AmaryllisI love amaryllis because of its beautiful flowers, which last quite a long time and as by arrangement, they often flourish together.

 

Icy asparagus branches and fruits.

Icy Asparagus Branches and FruitsUsing only frost and water, nature has turned asparagus branches with fruits into fabulous decorations.

 

A yellow chrysanthemum blooming.

Yellow ChrysanthemumsAlthough it was late autumn, this flower survived. All around him were dry, fallen leaves, and this flower, with its pale yellow color, attracted attention.

 

A dog in a living room.

Princess (Shih Tzu)About 3 years ago I rescued her from an abusive owner. The original owner kept her in a very small cage with only minimal light and refused to let her out. It took almost 3 weeks for her to stop shaking and start eating and being a loved puppy. Now she's a happy and healthy dog.

 

Ducks swimming in the water.

Delightful DucksIt was a beautiful cloudy day. A pair of ducks were swimming together. One of them kept diving into the stream. Its feathered bottom looked so cute sticking out !

 

A grey cat with blue eyes.

Sapphire (Balinese Mix)We had seen her lingering around our house before, but this time was different. She was skin and bones, lying in a ditch near the end of our driveway, pitifully wailing. My sister cried and begged to feed her, so we put some food in a bowl, which she proceeded to devour. Over the course of a few months, she began to fatten up.

 

A fountain with orange flowers.

Orange You Glorious (Tucson, AZ)This picture was taken at St. Joseph Church in Tucson, AZ. The running fountain with the flowers surrounding it was so peaceful and beautiful. If we look for nature's art, we will find it!

 

A blue bird being held.

Beautiful BirdsOne of my favorite hobbies is to feed birds. I love seeing ANY bird, but to actually get to hold a wild bird is amazing to me. Unfortunately, the Indigo Bunting and the Cardinal flew into my glass patio door. I gently held them and petted them until they flew away.

 

A dog asleep on a book.

Lily (Dog)I bought Lily and her sister Mia two years ago, two girls NOTHING alike; Lily is little and sweet, Mia is big rambunctious. Lily is patient while I'm reading, Mia leaps through the air and crashes into my head. Reading time is over NOW.

 

Two dogs sitting in a house.

BB and Uno (Dogs)These sweeties were on a kill list at a Memphis TN shelter. Both had health issues and had little chance of adoption. They were transported to Ohio for us by a Lab Rescue. BB has been cured of the mange she was suffering from, and Uno is currently midway through treatment for heart worm.

 

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