Thursday, June 12, 2014

Patio furniture redo

We've had this set of patio furniture since Kansas. I wish the table were larger now, but for the little patio in Kansas, it was perfect. Oh, well, I'm keeping my eyes open for a new set. In the meantime, I decided this set needed updating.
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The set had definitely seen better days. I decided a few cans of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint would be the perfect solution. And, it was! No close up photos of the end results, just an overall view with the umbrella added back into the mix.
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While I was revamping everything, I put to use a Pinterest idea I found a while back.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Patio's Potted Plants

I thought I'd take a minute and share some photos of some of the things I've done on the patio with you all. Someday, I'm going to have a border bed around the patio, but someday isn't going to be this summer. So, potted plants it is!

I was really disappointed last summer when I had to leave my hibiscus tree in New Jersey. (Five Dollar Find) I left it in the hands of my neighbor. Unfortunately, I think she let it die. Boo... I knew I'd never find another $5 one like that, so I settled for a smaller version for $12. I really like the twisted trunk on this one.
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I've planted my toolbox in begonias again this year. I really love the way this looks when the flowers flourish.
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I finally repainted this little metal table recently. It was a flaking yellow/beige. I moved an airplane plant out there in place of where I had two different plants last year. Maybe this one will do better in this space. The little gnomes were a fun purchase at a yard sale last week. I am always disappointed when I pull up to a house after following the signs to find toys and baby things at the sale. :( I got out of the car anyway here and pilfered through a box of Smurfs. That's where I found the gnomes. Aren't they cute? Totally worth a quarter each!
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I should have taken a better photo of that pot for opinions. It's a strawberry pot of sorts. I set it on my back steps which are in the shade. I have a hosta in there and had pansies, but they are on their last leg. I need to replace them.

Another hibiscus over on the patio with a pot containing a Gerbera daisy.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Word verification, anonymous posts, and spam in my inbox!

First of all, let me say just how much I despise those stupid word verification/captcha things! I HATE them!!!! Yep, all caps and multiple exclamation points hate them! They often stop me from replying to posts because the captcha is blurred and I can't get it right so I give up and move on. I used to have the word verification enabled on my blog until I battled enough with that on other blogs. I also read in multiple places where they are mostly useless unless your blog gets a ton of traffic. Even then, you're scaring off your readers by having them take the extra steps to enter that captcha. So, for years, I felt good about not having word verification enabled. Every now and then I'd get an odd comment show up in my email inbox, but Blogger is always really good GREAT with their service of blocking those comments from ever appearing on the blog comment section itself.

I felt good about the whole deal until the last few weeks. As you know, I've been busy with other things and have been ignoring my blog. I haven't put a whole lot out there in months. Apparently, there is traffic coming from somewhere though because I've received multiple emails with the strangest comments on new and years' old posts. They are totally and completely spam!

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They never appear on the blog itself. I've checked and have been thankful for that. Though the blog isn't effected, my inbox is effected and I'm a bit tired of it. So, for now, the only solution I have is to enable word verification for a few weeks and see if that will stop the anonymous poster's junk from showing up in my inbox. I've also enabled the option of not allowing anonymous posts and allowing only registered users to post.

I'm sorry if this inconveniences anyone. I will reevaluate the settings in a week or so. Hopefully then I'll get to disable that annoying word verification option.