Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kickin Back

The weather is warming up
and the bushes in the front yard are flowering.
It always amazes me that we live in the desert and that I have never
(and I mean never)
watered these bushes in the 2 years that we have lived here. 
They never turn brown and they flower all summer long.
Amazing, right?
I usually cut some of them to bring into the house or place out on the back patio.

My flowers are still looking good although the temps are going to reach triple digits by the end of the week so who knows how long they will last.

We have so many birds in our backyard. 
Most of them are quail. 
They are so much fun to watch and listen to. 
We have a block of seed set out on a small table in the yard for them and I've been wanting a birdbath but couldn't find one in my price range. 
My price range would be FREE.
I did find this dish at Goodwill and it's serving as our birdbath for now.

I found an old barometer at a garage sale last weekend
and bought it for my husband for a dollar to hang on the back patio. 
My husband likes old crap.

 The wood was very dry and scratched up. 
I used one of my favorite products on it and within 2 minutes I had this.

 I used Old English Scratch Cover. 

Just put some on a rag and wipe the wood and any scratches are covered. 
It cleans and moisturizes the wood also. 
The beautiful color lasts for months.
I'm going to be doing this to my antique nesting tables this week also.



Anonymous said...

such terrific finds and the colors oo la la ,, have a good day,,

Laraine Eddington said...

I'm getting some Old English for my face.

Anonymous said...

oh I need to get some OldEnglish,,thats for sure,,thanks for posting this,,

Ashley said...

The barometer looks great now! I need to get some flowers going around our house. They always help if I am in a "mood".

Kris said...

Love Blue Bell jars....flowers are so pretty!! Hey, I have lots of birds, and feed them all. One of my most visited bird baths is actually a large terra cota pot, turned with a large terra cota water catch dish on top. I will do a pic later. They love those shallow dishes for bathing in. Love the barometer too!!

Anonymous said...

Those flowers are so pretty they make me happy :)

just call me jo said...

Look at your great photos and the rejuvenated barometer. (Good thing your husband likes old things...hahah...I couldn't help myself. You know I'm eons older than you, too, so I can tease.) I sometimes struggle with Arizona foilage. Maybe I try too hard.

Anonymous said...

Your 'birdbath' looks exactly like the one I have (got it at Jackalope in Santa Fe). Free would have been better, but what's a girls to do?

TRIPE DIGITS? Am I on another planet? It was 22 degrees here this morning! And not a flower blooming.

BUT YOURS ARE SPLENDID! It gives me hope that some day soon I'll be able to plant! What are those shrubs with the orange flowers?

Love the barometer....and Olde English. I still have a bottle of it that has to be at LEAST 30 yrs old. A little dab here and there.

Have a great rest of the day. I've been gone all day and am catching up. A 'girl' day of sewing and chatting. ahhhhh


lifeinredshoes said...

Your Lantana looks awesome! It never does well for me, I water it ;)