camouflage

Can you see me?

No?

How about now?

This Eastern Garter snake is non venomous and a pest predator. I enjoyed seeing it hanging out behind my new herb bed.  I have (had?) a resident vole that moved in and stayed for the past three months.  Although, I haven’t seen the Garter snake or the vole for a couple of weeks…  🙂

Learn more about Eastern Garter snakes:  CLICK HERE

 

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Desk chair makover

I had a favorite chair from my classroom in California that never got sold at my teacher’s yard sale after we moved here.  It had been sitting in the barn for ten years now and I almost threw it away.

However, after pricing the many new chairs available on the market, ones without arms,  I decided I didn’t want to spend the money.

So, I pulled off the old fabric and scrubbed the legs and wheels.

Scary looking isn’t it?

Put on two layers of quilt batting and some upholstery fabric I picked up at *Sir’s in Fayetteville, TN several years ago…

This wasn’t too hard, but I had to be careful to use the right length of staples; not too long.

And Voila!  One less item in the landfill.

The old favorite is now reborn!

Note to self:  If you change the coverings it is probably best to replace the foam padding too…

Maybe next time?

Regarding Sir’s Fabrics:   Sirs Fabrics was one of my favorite places to go shopping for fabric.  The owner used to find some of the most beautiful and unique fabrics from all around.  Deeply discounted close outs, buyouts from stores that went out of business, and sometimes vintage treasures that, though watermarked or discolored with age along the edges were worth the purchase because the centers of the panels were still gorgeous and useful.

Unfortunately, this past winter the building caught fire and all the bolts of drapery and upholstery fabric, the laces and flat folded fabrics on all the tables burnt to nothing.  The heat of the fire reduced the stock and the building to just bricks and rubble.

I often think “I’ll just pop over to Sir’s and see what they’ve got” for my latest project or quilting fabric and then realize they are not there anymore.  I makes me sad that they are gone and I  hope they are able to rebuild.

 

 

Behind the barn

Out back behind the barn, on an old fence pole and above the scrap pile is a blue bird house.  I placed it there when we first moved here.

Dependably every year there will be a nest of babies.  I always know when they are being fed because of the chorus of chirping they make.  And every year I can depend on them being much quicker than me when I try to capture them in the act.

Today as I fed and watered all the animals the little fellow came and did his feeding while I was very near!  Without my camera of course.

And so it is that I took this picture from the dining room window and blew this cropped bit up so we can at least see the babies.  It was a long distance (150 ft) and therefore blurry, but I’m just happy to have finally got one.

Maybe next year I will have a bird blind up and can stand right outside the barn door for a really great shot?