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Category Archives: Wordless Wednesday…

Collections of (mostly) Wordless Posts, showcasing pictures, images that are (sometimes) posted on Wednesday.

I’ve Got A Nikon Camera

Just acquired a gently used Nikon DSLR camera…  My sweetie wanted some photos taken of our garden…  Sun is shining… Happy serendipity !

hydrangea hydrangea back garden hydrangea
back garden hydrangea metal flower garden sculpture garden sign
faery door / fairy door faery door / fairy door garden doodah / windchime
garden entrance / walkway coffee pot lamp - daytime coffee pot lamp - nightime
hydrangea light fixture / bird bath

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Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate

In the last post, I took some photos of our back yard and garden.

A friend commented that I had given short shrift to one aspect of our “decor”… the assistance we have given Faeries and wild birds to decorate their homes.

With that in mind, please enjoy this addendum.

Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com
Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com
Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com Helping Our Small Friends To Decorate - BobBlahBlah.com

We have several repositories of wool snippets for birds to take wool snippets to dress up their nests… but this one is our fave !!!

Buttons

A few folks have been asking about the latest project I’ve been working on.
(Well, in addition to working on websites, Social Media, helping friends with their campaigns, and such…)
It has been a fun project, that takes me to the toolbench, away from the keyboard for extended periods.

I’ve been making buttons.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comEarly last week, Lorie needed some buttons for a craft project fundraiser for Katie’s Place, and she asked me how hard it would be to make buttons from tree branches, as she had seen some on E-Bay, but they were quite expensive.

The next day, I went “shopping” at the local green waste centre, and found some perfect cherry and birch branches.

I guess this would qualify as the “before” shot.

Carefully, over the following days, I dried the moist branches in the oven, putting the branches and pieces into the oven, on low temperature, or when it was off and cooling down.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comOnly had one mishap, the day I slipped, while sanding a button, and removed a great deal of skin and some nail, from the tip of my thumb.

In the ensuing rush to stem the bleeding and get a bandaid, I forgot that I had turned on the oven, with a tray of buttons in.

(Crispy critters)Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.com

Anyway, apart from that, the drying process was slow, but gratifying, and I think the end results are quite cool.  So, I thought I would share.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comLorie added an artsy touch to some of them, with her craft dyes, and some we left natural:

However, as cool as I think they are, by far the best one has nothing to do with anything Lorie or I did…  It is the hidden treasure, trapped in the wood… a tiny star pattern we found, buried in the wood, in the centre of one small section of a branch:Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.com

 

 

Shelter Pet Day…

I just heard that November 30th is Shelter Pet Day.

Of course, our cats came from Katie’s Place, a shelter in Maple Ridge that we love and support.

Katie's Place Small Animal Shelter in Maple Ridge - BobBlahBlah.com

The people there are loving, wonderful people, and do so much for not only the animals of Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge, but throughout the whole Province.

That is where we got Barnum & Bailey, and I realized it has been a while since I have posted cute cat pics… so here they are !!!

Barnum & Bailey - former resident of  Katie's Place Animal Shelter - BobBlahBlah.com Barnum - former resident of  Katie's Place Animal Shelter - BobBlahBlah.com
Bailey - former resident of  Katie's Place Animal Shelter - BobBlahBlah.com

 

 

 

Light Up The World…

Christmas in Pitt Meadows - Bob & Lorie Gray - BobBlahBlah.com
Christmas in Pitt Meadows - Bob & Lorie Gray - BobBlahBlah.com
Christmas in Pitt Meadows - Bob & Lorie Gray - BobBlahBlah.com
Christmas in Pitt Meadows - Bob & Lorie Gray - BobBlahBlah.com
Christmas in Pitt Meadows - Bob & Lorie Gray - BobBlahBlah.com
This week, we tried to light up the world… or at least our corner of it.

Large oversize Christmas Lights and Ornaments, now adorn our front and back trees.

 

Unlike last year, there were no sudden gales of wind, followed by gales of laughter… just some pretty cold temperatures !

 

But we are pleased with how it turned out…

…and hope our friends and neighbours in Pitt Meadows will enjoy it, along with us.

 

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas !!!

(It’s a month to go !!!)

 

Update:

And, now there is snow, so here’s the latest view, complete with frosting on top !!!

 

 

 

 

Black Cat Saloon…

Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com
In my downtime… (read: whilst job hunting) …I have slowly been knocking jobs out of the job jar.

Down in the basement, I have, for a while, been building a bar… and it is very nearly done!

I thought I would, upon the occasion of my first (apparently) drunken customer, post some photos, in an (almost) Wordless Sunday.

The glass shelves for the Single Malt Scotches went in on Thursday

Some folks call them shelves.  In the Black Cat Saloon, they are Kitty Steps to the window ledge.

Hockey is played all year round, here on the Original Six Hockey Master game.

Not being a woodworker, I’m quite proud of the cabinet for the Blu Ray, X-Box & HD PVRDigital Toys.

King George V is representing the Monarchy, and a dram is always raised in Toast.Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.com

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out !!!

On Thursday evening, my wife and I came downstairs to look at the newly installed shelves, and found someone passed out in the bar…

 

 

Wordless Wednesday, Featuring Chloe Woodin…

Three Chords and the Truth by Chloe Woodin
Three Chords and the Truth by Chloe Woodin

11 by Chloe Woodin
11 by Chloe Woodin

In order to make another attempt at a Wordless Wednesday Blog entry, I resorted to badgering Chloe Woodin to allow me to post her photos.

I had received a framed picture of a guitar, as a Christmas present from her, and it is displayed proudly in my BobSongs Studio.

I pestered her into creating a Flickr Account, and posting some of her photos there.
 
In addition to having (IMO) a stunning eye for composition, she is an amazing talent, as shown by one of the pairs of Chuck’s All Stars she’s designed… and the pencil drawing of the Flower.  She also plays the piano amazingly well…  despite the fact that she is not yet out of High School.

88 by Chloe Woodin
88 by Chloe Woodin

It will be interesting to see what the future holds, with so many avenues open…

 

Only 10 by Chloe Woodin
Only 10 by Chloe Woodin

Game

MWR-08 Shoes by Chloe Woodin
MWR-08 Shoes – Drawn on White Shoes by Chloe Woodin
Chloe's Flower - Pencil Sketch
Chloe’s Flower – Pencil Sketch