Tuesday, August 31, 2010

HELP! Help

I  am unable to upload photo's on this blog. I can upload on my Pet blog and my test blog. this one says Server Rejected.
I searched the forum's (can you hear the bad words i was thinking) until my frustration almost put me down on my knees.

anyone have any ideas? i thought maybe this blog was full, but went back and deleted several really old post and all the photos with them, and that did not work. i tried going back and using old blogger and no deal. HELP Please

Macro Magic in the Jungle

Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these

Did I hear "Oh No, the purple flowers again!"?

I just can't help myself. My camera  is set on
"flower seek"

It never, ever ceases to amaze me, that these small flowers look so different when "up close and personal"

Heat and Humidty 24/7 for weeks now and it's a jungle out there in our back yard, in this photo there are only 29 purple flowers, but the day I took the first 3 photos there were 41 purple flowers (yes I did count them while eating breakfast) and it Rained!
I plead guilty of "Madly Snapping" and I rest my case.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Snail Trails Day Three

Last day of the Snailathon
NO MORE SNAILS, I promise!
(note the word promise is in small letters)

As I tossed the tennis ball to Jake on day Three of Snail Trails, I noticed this little guy on the pool steps rail.

For all the non-snail folks out there, I found this info on

Do snails do anything beneficial in a garden? Besides triggering thoughts of Browning? They date almost to the beginning of time. They control algae in ponds. Like earthworms, they recycle organic matter. Birds eat them. And they delight kids.

He was so cute (because he is itty bitty could sit on a dime.
He/she was headed for a dive into the pool, so I picked him up and deposited him on a leaf and left him there.


“The only way to solve the traffic problems of the country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars are allowed to use the highways. That would make traffic so scarce, we could use our boulevards for children's playgrounds.” Will Rogers

through the windshield, yes I was sitting still

when crossing at a traffic signal, look both ways, you will see more than traffic.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Snail Trails Day Two

The day after I found the dime sized snail eating the dead flower from yesterday's post, I was leaning over admiring the Moss Rose flowers as I do each and every day.

A visiting snail, burrowing in the pollen! Is the the one from yesterday? or a cousin? aunt? Uncle? parent?

the most intersting facts on snails that I found, were they are both male and female and they all lay eggs. birds eat them and most Gardens have them, but they are hard to find.
If you are interested in lots of facts, go to  Garden Safari

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Snail Trails Day One

I know the photos are "ugly" but if you enlarge them you will find a surprise. I put them all here but he/she is doing different things in different photos. It's not always about "pretty"
Click on photos to see the visitors

We had a "frog choaker" of a rain and a lot of fireworks and loud noise yesterday. 3 inches of rain in about 30 minutes. YIPPEE we shouted as it poured down. The storm blew this ugly dead Queen of The Night bloom down on the ground.

All I intended was to show you how ugly the beautiful turn in a few days. Then I realized the dead flower had a live visitor and here we are.

. A snail's mouth is located on the lower area of the head, close to the short tentacles. On the inside of the mouth is a special eating tool, called the radula. This is a muscular structure coated by thousands of tiny teeth. Snails eat by pushing the radula against a leaf or other vegetation and rasping it and scraping away particles.

snails eat mushrooms, fruit, leaves and any other kind of vegetation they can find. Mostly, snails eat living plants, but also eat decaying ones. per What Do Snails Eat

These photos prove they like decaying Queen of The Night Flowers.
Just In Case You Care! ha ha

Friday, August 27, 2010

Phun Phriday #1

Thanks to Scott @ Finding Another View for inspiring me to join in his Phun Phridays.

Just for Phun I made the truck black and white and left the sign in color
For added Phun, I made my header today

Then I decided to leave just the For Sale letters red.
PS, this was on autopost, I came to see if it posted and found and error on this photo. can you find it?

Here is the original photo, i do grant you the fact the Phun Photos might not be better than the original, but I had PHUN
thanks to Picturit for posting the procedure on how to do this Phun

Thursday, August 26, 2010

By The Roadside

As I sped (oops! you did not here that) around a corner, I glimpsed Toadstools growing out in the middle of a gorgeous, carefully manicured lawn by the country club. (I thought stop, take a photo, No, don't stop, they might not like it)

I did stop, and it made me happy to find 2 right on the edge of the road
(I did not have to traipse accross the grass where dozens of them were, and take the risk of being shot for trepass)

Kind of boring and not so pretty in the first photo, but up close it looked better.

I spend five minutes looking over my shoulder for the Police Officers that had been called, trying to get the underside.

Aren't all those little squiggles and lines beautiful?

Aren't you glad I risked life and limb just to show you the bottom side of a toadstool?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Emailing Noah

Dear Noah, I need your advice, this rain has been sitting right on top of us 72 hours. Pour, drizzle, pour, drizzle. Are you picking up what I'm putting down? Help, it's raining and it can't stop. Kind of like me with my camera clicking.

Coming in back door to garage, Monday AM

there is a small slab under there, 4 inches deep, that's why it ran through the garage

View from kichen window through glass and screen

I ran out in the rain to get a better shot of the water.
Just so you know!
PS: the plants and flowers and trees are loving it! 

View from living room window

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baby Pineapple Part 2

"I suppose you and Bob sent your guy to pineapple heaven and Bob gave the top knot a decent burial"

so says my friend Janice in an email yesterday as to what we did with the top knot of the pineapple. she is RIGHT

Bob pulled the Parent Plant out of the bucket (don't fret, the plants only bear fruit once) and stuck the Baby's top Knot in the same hole next to the plant that is 9 months old
 "we shall see, what we shall see"

Hello Next Summer's Pineapple- or NOT.

"Help, I was Clicking and could not stop"

I do realize this might be just a "tad" overkill, but there ARE a few differences in each photo.

Betty White said: I am so old if I want to talk to any of my friends, I need a Ouija board.
do you think they make Ouija Boards for Pineapples?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Baby Pineapple

Once upon a time, last summer in fact, my hubby planted in a 5 gallon bucket, the top I cut off the fresh pineapple.
Click on OUR BABY to see why we call it our baby. If you want the whole story, go to labels on side bar.
We had no idea when to cut it, and it turned bright yellow a few days ago. I said it was ready, Hubby said wait. Yesterday, at 6:30 am, i notice it had flopped over on its side. I picket it up with tips of fingers by top knot and if fell off the plant and rolled to the ground.
I said to hubby "ya think tis ready?"
First I snapped it sitting on counter

Then in the bowl with the one I bought at the store for this week.

You can tell the lighting is not all that good in the first two photos, so I waited a few hours and started The Process of Eating Our Pineapple. Above photo is The Set Up.

While hubby hovers, I make the first cut, taking off the end

Next, off comes the top knot

See the pretty slices? on the right are the outsides I cut off, and the top knot.
I must say hubby was not very patient, while I documented the surgical procedure. I placed it here, I placed it there, and if I posted all the shots I took, you would be here all day and miss your other blogs.

Can you guess what hubby did with THIS?????
coming SOON, as in TOMORROW
The Rest Of The Story

PS. it was as sweet as eating sugar. Much sweeter than the bought kind. Juice ran down our chins, all of them... ha ha