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Brunswick Lake, December 2013 – Oh What A Day!

It is 66 degrees here in Northeast Ohio today.  Normally it should be 36 degrees but not to fear, cold weather returns tonight.

I put aside all thoughts of the holiday season, grabbed my camera and headed out to Brunswick Lake. This blog’s header and background are pictures of Brunswick Lake taken in the early fall.

I could not get very close to the lake with out hip boots due to the ground being extremely soggy from all the rain we had during the past 2 days.  There were big puddles everywhere with some of them forming another lake.

Here are some pictures I got today. All are of Brunswick Lake and not the puddles.

Also stop by OgleOhio.com for a picture of the beautiful sky.

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Brunswick Lake 12/2013

Weekend Wisdom For Good Friday: Gethsemane – Michael Crawford

In 1991, I had the privilege of seeing Mr. Crawford (Tony-Award winner for “Phantom of the Opera”) perform this song from “Jesus Christ Superstar” during a concert in Cleveland.  He started the show with this song.  I was lucky enough to have a seat within the first 5 rows.   The concert was spectacular.

Enjoy this powerful song sung by one musical theater’s great stars.

Downtown Cleveland…It’s Here


I received this video because I am part of the LinkedIn networking group “Cleveland Westside Connections” and decided to share it with you.   Most people have a negative image of Cleveland.  Well this video will cause you to think again.

Dreams & Ambitions

I know you have big dreams and ambitions so consider moving to Cleveland.  It is a smaller than New York or Los Angeles, which means it is easier to meet and get connected with the “movers and shakers” who can help make your dreams come true.

May this video will give you a “fresh perspective” about Cleveland.  


Let’s Spoon! – A Craft Project

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post “Getting Creative With Dead Branches”.  It was about how I saw beauty in some branches that were pruned from my sand cherry tree.

The project turned out alright, however it seemed to be missing something.  Well a few days went by and then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Last year my friend Amy and I went to the Great Big Home and Garden Expo.  All the gardens created were based on movies.  I loved the winning garden and Joe would have also.

I would have loved to recreate the garden in my back yard but distressed leather chairs in the yard is not practical.  Nor do I want  Sentinel’s hanging from the shed or deck awning watching my every move.

However what they did with the trees, even though impossible in my backyard because I have no trees, was easily adaptable to my dead branches.

So without further adieu…here is my finished project (well almost). 

Now I know you are saying to yourself  “Spoons?”

Yes my dear readers – I hung spoons from the branches.  Now all you movie fans will have figured out by now the winning garden  was based on the movie “The Matrix.”  

Here is a 26 second video I found on YouTube showcasing some of the garden.

My Masterpiece

Here is how I created my masterpiece.

  • Took an old resin planter,
  • Lined it with an old rubber shower mat,
  • Put pea gravel in it for weight,
  • Used foam circle that fit about 3/4 of the way inside the planter,
  • Stuck the branches in the desired pattern,
  • Added a little more pea gravel,
  • Added Spanish moss on top of the gravel,
  • Wrapped twine around the handle of each spoon (Imperial Dominion pattern available at K-Mart for $7)
  • Tied to the branches in the desired location,
  • Added hot glue to the knots,
  • Then applied Spanish moss to the hot glue to help hide the knotted twine,
  • Hot glued a little bird I had in the basement to one of the branches,
  • Added some medium size rocks from my front flower bed,
  • And ta-da!  I have my spoon tree.

Ooppss!  There is one thing missing.

“Follow the white Rabbit”

I found him at the local drug store for $3.99.  He was tan but thanks to 2 coats of left-over Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Paint in “Coastal Beige”, he is now white.  (This color is what I used for the trim on my shed)  He will be placed in the planter when the paint is dry.

Final Location

The place where I took these pictures is not it’s final location.  Not sure where in the yard or on the deck I am going to put it.

Here are some close up pictures.

Words of Wisdom

I leave you with these words of wisdom from the movie.  If you have not seen it, you should.  It is a classic.

From The Matrix (1999)
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

May you bend enough to see the beauty surrounding you.

Spring & Faith

I was scrolling through spring quotes on http://www.quotegarden.com/spring.html trying to find some spring wisdom to share with you.

Well, I found some good ones and then I found the ultimate one.


First the good ones:

  • No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  ~ Hal Borland
  • Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.  ~ Chinese Proverb
  • If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  ~ Nadine Stair
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~ Anne Bradstreet


Now for the ultimate quote not just about spring but also about faith.

You can’t see Canada across Lake Erie, but you know it’s there.  It’s the same with spring.  You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland.  ~ Paul Fleischman

Yes, when lake effect snow hits, you have to have faith spring will come.  (Lake Effect Snow: Frigid artic air blows across a warm Lake Erie.  Result: Kids usually have no school and cities spend lots of money on street salt and overtime for snowplow drivers.)

My Wish

May you always have faith that spring will follow winter, whether brought on by Mother Nature or a personal crisis. 


He replied “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20 (NIV)