Saturday, December 08, 2007

Around the House on a Sunshiny Day

What does a silly person do on a sunshiny day in Oregon when the sun pops out and he has a new camera to play with? He takes pictures of anything he can find from metal bell wreaths to Texas Bricks.

We have had this metal wreath of bells for may rust accumulating years. Since we have been here in Oregon it's also a wasps nest I have to deal with every year.

This brassy bird is actually a faucet head that just doesn't fit on the outlet so I planted it in the flower planter on our front porch. Winter here is a little cold and rainy but the clouds are the a real downer. The thing I miss most are the flowers. Scrabble Queen did a wonderful job of designing out garden to have blooms from early spring with the Helleborus, Tulips and Daffodils but nothing blooms in the winter except this little red flower.

Who knows why we bought this Greek Key in Pasadena that year but we did and I think there is something very mystical about this simple design. Maybe it's a wave.

Then there is Louie the glass fish and he has been around for quite a while.

I liked this shot for the contrast and now like it even more for the optical illusion of the crocked shadows that make the slats look altered.

I've really liked this birdhouse and the way Scrabble Queen painted it but never got a decent picture.

Now this is the Texas brick I mentioned earlier. It's from the town Aunt Vivacious lived in and raised her children [my wife's cousins] tall and straight.

"FERRIS, TEXAS. Ferris is on Interstate Highway 45, U.S. Highway 75, and Farm roads 660, 664, and 983 fifteen miles northeast of Waxahachie in northeastern Ellis County. It was named for Judge Justus W. Ferrisqv of Waxahachie, a county business and civic leader. The community's establishment was associated with the construction of the Houston and Texas Central Railway in 1874. Railroad employees surveyed and laid out the settlement on land donated by the McKenzie family, pioneers who had arrived in the early 1850s.

Its population rose from 1,734 in 1952 to 1,807 in 1964; the number of operating businesses decreased from sixty-eight to forty-six. Known locally as the "brick capital of the nation," Ferris had four brick plants during the 1950s. "

Just a pipe sticking out of the ground on the edge of our property. I've been curious about it since we moved in but was never interested enough to ask about what it is.

I took two shots of the Tulip Magnolia in our front yard. It's not blooming right now but there are plenty of buds.

"Only relatively recently has this magnificent tulip tree been imported from China. “Yellow River” (Fei Huang in Chinese) is a rare variety bearing superb, sweetly scented, vanilla-yellow coloured flowers that open from deep yellow buds."

I can't wait for spring.

Scrabble Score ~ Scrabble Queen 327 - The Contender 342

Quote of the Day ~
"You'll never have that kind of relationship in a world where you're always afraid to take the 1st step because all you see is every negative thing 10 miles down the road." ~ Ben Affleck & Matt Damon from the movie "Good Will Hunting" one of my favorite movies.

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