(picture-taking, and blog preparation, is the exception).


I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it on a friend’s Facebook page!! No “procrastination” here; less than ten minutes from her page to my blog.

So I can get things done, I need to be two people!!

Lorraine’s in love !!



I wasn’t looking for bottle trees; I wasn’t thinking about bottle trees!! This “tree” found me!! Isn’t it beautiful??

Strange how an innocuous visit to a friend’s Facebook page evolved into this.

“No,” I won’t add this to my “yarden.” But I can admire it, can’t I??


“Attitude” by Chuck Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our Attitude.”


So THANKFUL for CARE volunteers !!

Reattaching deflappers

Added more deflappers

Reinforcing other end

Gorilla tape reinforcement

Temperature at two-thirtyHonestly, I am so grateful for CARE volunteers!! My trailer was shaking; my awning was flapping violently. My handyman, Jim, was not available. I’m quite self-sufficient but recognized I needed masculine assistance. It’s a Sunday afternoon and very few people around; I searched until I found an off-duty volunteer working on a jigsaw puzzle in the CARE multi-purpose room. I asked if he could/would help me. ~~ Hoping for help… I’d already set up my ladder; I’d laid out the extra “deflappers” purchased recently from our Thrift ‘n Gift shop (a bargain). While fighting strong wind gusts, hoping to ally the inevitable, the awning ripped out of his hands. Because I’m self-sufficient (lol), I have Gorilla tape for a temporary reinforcement. ~~ The awning will have to be replaced (expensive/ouch); I can’t afford construction of a roof (terribly expensive).


Internet weather with wind speed

AccuWeather at two-thirty

Lois's porch

Nedra's porch





smiley-face-horrifiedpostscriptTV news meteorologist reported wind gusts of fifty to fifty-five miles per hour!!

Faux pas* !!

Paul's truck under trees

Brilliant plan

Truck is stuck

Truck is stuck, could not reach limbs

Tow strap broke



Second tow strap (1)

Second tow strap (2)

Second tow strap (3)

Lorraine hosed mud of patio, trailer, etc


Best laid plans…. put me in the position of criticism AGAIN!! (I’m still suffering negative opinions regarding my bottle trees and bottle bushes.) The sound of spinning tires and revving engine brought residents out of their trailer or motorhome. “Why were we there? What were we doing?” Most residents are satisfied with a naked yard and honestly could not “see” bird feeders hanging on long chains from high limbs. ~~ The new resident embraced the idea of feeders and appreciated my hardware. We’ll need another plan!!

* Faux pas

Shepherd's hook and bird feeder for Alice

Shepherd's hook and feeder close upGratefully, another resident bird feeder project was satisfied without mishap.



Too much rain ?!

The Today Show was preempted as Houston television focused on constant coverage of flooding in their area. What a nightmare; I’m so grateful I don’t have to experience it!!!! Today, my little corner of the world is saturated but nothing like Lake Lorraine.”

Flooding in Houston

More than two inches of rain

Rain barrels are full

Saturated soil


umbrella-and-stick-figureBelow are pictures from August 22nd storm. By comparison (as you can see) this storm less severe. However, another day, or two, of rain is predicted.


Lake Lorraine August 2016

Rain gauge August 22 2016

AccuWeather at eleven