Tour de Parks: The Other Side of Brunswick Lake

Last week I went into the woods at the Susan Hambly Nature Center on the west side of Brunswick Lake.

This week I decided to walk the east side. Well, that did not go so well. I guess it was because I mowed the yard on Saturday that walking the east side was too much.

I pulled into the parking lot only to find that it was full. So I parked at the next logical place – the bar. It is in a strip mall across the street from the nature center. It added a few more steps to my walk.

The starting point for this walk was the ending point for the last one – the boardwalk.


Come on along as we journey across the boardwalk and see the sights on the other side of Brunswick Lake – at least the part I could walk.

I encourage you to get out and walk parks that are in your area. You never know what sights and sounds you will see and hear. Plus, it makes exercise fun.       😀


Party Animals

It was about 4:30 p.m. when I crashed a New Year’s Eve party Wednesday after leaving the grocery store. I am not sure which one is the host. Head over to my photoblog OgleOhio to see a picture of everyone heading west to the next party.



I tried manual mode but could not get the settings right so I quickly switched to automatic mode since I had very little time to get these pictures before the geese flew the coup.







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.