Tuesday, August 04, 2015

My small garden

Small but sweet.

This is my little side garden off the passenger side of the Motorhome at Mom and Dads.

My brother-in-law made the planter a few years ago.

I always put annuals in it, but I am wondering how perennials would do.

Any suggestions?

Hope you all are having s wonderful summer and staying cool!

See you next photo!


Monday, August 03, 2015

Lichen world map on a mailbox.....

It's been quite a while since I have been here to blog.
But...here I am.
I am going to try to post at least one photo a day so that I can look back and see where I was and what I was doing.
Jeff and I are currently at Mom and Dads parked in the driveway.
We take a morning walk with mom and dad while here....two laps around the neighborhood.
I have been meaning to get a photo of this mailbox for a while.
And...here you are.
A nature made world map....not sure what year this map is from. :)
What do you think?


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Outad Bluetooth speaker/LED Lantern

Every now and then someone will discover my blog and ask me to review a product.

I am always happy to do this. I received this sweet little item a little over a month ago.


You can buy this little Bluetooth speaker/ lantern at Amazon.

OUTAD 2 in 1 Outdoor Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and LED Lamp with Built-In Mic, Adjustable Light and Broadcom 3.0


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    • Multifunction: Be used as bluetooth speaker, LED lamp and speaker phone.
    • Broad Capability: Broadcom 3.0+EDR; Pair any bluetooth-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and more (up to 10m / 33ft).
    • Easy to Use: Simply slide the ON/OFF switch to the "ON" position to automatically connect to the device - that's just one step.
    • Incredible Compact: Only 8.39oz; Stylish and compact round-drum body slips easily into your bag for use on the go.
  • WARRANTY: 12 months from the date of purchase.


With a twist the compact speaker transforms into a lantern.


The lantern works well and puts out a nice white glow…


It also can work as a flashlight with the lantern extended or with the lantern twisted back down.


The sound quality is not as good as my 200 dollar Bose Bluetooth speaker,

but, for its price, its pretty darn good!

I found myself carrying this around as I was gardening.

It would be nice for camping or an evening at the camp fire.

Bring it to the beach….

The volume is not loud enough for a big party, but it serves well for a small gathering.


I don’t have a smart phone so I couldn’t test it to see how it worked to answer phone calls via the speaker.

It did connect well to my iPad and iPod touch to stream music.

The speaker comes with a USB cord so that it can be put into any usb charger.

It takes about three hours for a full charge.

Product Description

OUTAD 2-in-1 Outdoor Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker & LED Lamp equipped with Broadcom 3.0 + EDR Bluetooth, thus can be connected with any bluetooth-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. It is designed with a stylish, round-drum profile, which can slip easily into your bag. Avoid the dead weight of a traditional stereo, while still enjoying quality and sound performance wherever you are. With two adjustable ways of lighting and a built-in microphone, the OUTAD outdoor Speaker can also be used as a LED lamp and a speaker phone. In addition, its silicon pad in the bottom keeps a good performance of slip resistance.
Features and Specifications:
Broad Capability: Broadcom 3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Range: 10m / 33ft
Two Adjustable ways of lighting: Lighting by bulbs with 120LM output
Rated Power Output: 4Ω, 3W
DC Power Input: USB 5V, 500mAh
Built-in Li-ion Battery: 3.7V, 1800mAh
Charging Time: 3.5h
Battery Working Time: Up to 7 hours in lighting; up to 10 hours in streaming music; up to 6 hours in lighting and streaming music
Service Life: Regular cycle charging 1200 times
Weight: 8.39oz
Diameter: 3.72in
Length: 2.43in (Extension Length: 5.14in)
Color: Green
Material: ABS Plastic
International certification: FCC, CE and RoHS
Package Includes
1 × OUTAD 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker & LED Lamp
1 × USB cable
1 × Operating manual

Here are a few more reviews from amazon shoppers..

Most Recent Customer Reviews

excellent combination of speaker/LED lantern.

I've had a very pleasant surprise regarding this product. I go camping every weekend and was looking for an excellent lantern. Read more

Published 1 day ago by doreen henning kirch


Purchased for my husband who is an outdoor nerd. He loves this product. Like other reviewers mentioned, the sound quality is not amazing, but it is still a GREAT product. Read more

Published 12 days ago by Lauren

Handy little toy for outdoor/camping use

I used this product during my camping trip. The lantern is bright and nice. Bluetooth speaker sounds great! Read more

Published 15 days ago by William J

Cool speaker/ lantern!

This Bluetooth speaker is great, it pairs up quickly with your phone and the sound is good. The build material is solid, not flimsy. The flashlight/ lantern works nicely. Read more

Published 25 days ago by Rengli

Great for your hurricane prep bag!

I've reviewed my share of bluetooth speakers but this is probably the most original one I've ever encountered! Read more

Published 1 month ago by AmazonJavaJunki

 Sound and light output good, build quality good

The Outad 2 in 1 offers dual use, speaker and light, options for camping or any time you might want music and light... or just light or just music. Read more

Published 1 month ago by Stephen Lerch


This is a very cool and unique bluetooth speaker. The OUTAD 2 in 1 Outdoor Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and LED Lamp with Built-In Mic, Adjustable Light and Broadcom 3. Read more

Published 1 month ago by Madison T. Edwards

Very cool little device

Very cool little device, the speaker has good sound and clarity and the light it puts out is pretty impressive for a small as it is. Read more

Published 1 month ago by erniemcg

Outstanding Speaker, Great Little Lantern

With a house full of smartphones and two teens that love their music as much as I do, there is no shortage of headphones, ear buds and Bluetooth speakers to make the music more... Read more

Published 1 month ago by Matt Morgan


As you can see there are many happy users.

So far I am very happy with this little lantern and will make sure it follows me to the next campfire.

Monday, June 08, 2015

The gift of peonies…

These peonies from Mom and Dads garden are not just beautiful, they are also plants that connect them to past friends and loved ones.

Peonies are great plants to share…

Dividing Peonies
After 10 or so years of growth, you may notice smaller flowers and crowded stems. This usually means it's time to make more peony plants. "The right time to divide peonies is in the fall," says Rogers. "By that time they've finished their year's growth and have started to go dormant."


This particular peony was given to my parents by the parents of my ex husband.



Its my favorite…

Its such a delicate peony compared with their others…


I love the striking yellow stamens..



To simulate the foliage dying back in the fall, we cut the foliage back to the soil line. Rogers then recommends removing all the soil from the roots and giving them a good soaking with the hose. Rogers manipulates the roots to get a good look at where they separate easily, and that's where he makes the first cut.


This peony was from my mother's  mothers garden….



"Every plant needs a crown, which is this part," says Rogers. "It puts up the shoots and puts down the roots." Each section should have three to five eyes which are where next year's new growth begins. You want enough eyes to create a lush plant. All the fine rootlets need to be pruned away and with good reason. Pests and diseases aren't a huge problem with peonies - with one exception: There are some root diseases that can severely restrict the growth of peonies. That's why it's so important to always cut off the tiny hair roots.



P1130723This white one is from my father's mothers garden.


Planting Peonies

Dig deep and wide when planting peonies. A plant can mature to a width of five feet or so, and the hole should be prepped accordingly.

The most important thing about planting peonies is selecting a site. Choose a location with at least a half day of sun. More sun will give you

more flowers, and light shade will keep the blooms fresher longer. Once the planting hole is worked to his pleasing, Rogers fertilizes with bone meal. The bone meal will take two to three years to break down, making it a simple, long-term investment.
When you plant, make sure the eyes of the peony are facing up and are planted no more than two inches deep. Cover with soil, tamp the ground

firmly and water. As the plant grows, it will most likely need staking.




Jeff and I enjoy the peony view from Homey…

  perhaps some day when we have a fixed foundation we will take a bit of each of these to enjoy and remember.



I do have a small potted garden on the side of Homey when parked at Mom and Dads..


A close up of the cute frog solar light I have in one of my flower pots.


I change up the plantings each year, usually with different annuals..





That’s all for now folks!

I hope you enjoyed Mom and Dads Peonies and my little potted garden.

Go forth and divide those peonies to share some memories!





More here from HGTV  on
How to Grow and Divide Peonies

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Napatree point, Rhode Island

Jeff and I took a morning walk out to Westerly Rhode Islands

Napatree Point.


It was a beautiful almost cloudless morning.

We parked our car in the two hour limit parking avoiding the 25 dollar parking fees most lots charged.


Napatree is a 1.5 mile long sandy spit just west of the village of Watch Hill.

Watch Hill is a affluent little village with huge, mansions lined up along the ocean.

I love beach rose…the scent is heavenly..but this little rose is invasive.


I noticed that they had areas fenced off and had sprayed herbicide…I am assuming to kill some of the roses and to allow the native beach grasses to grow.


We had to climb a small sandy hill to get to the ocean side of the beach…

P1130752This beach once was home to a small vacation community.

The Hurricane of 1938 caught New England by surprise. Forty-two people were in their Fort Road homes on Napatree when the hurricane struck, and 15 died. The storm demolished all the homes built on Napatree

Below is a before photo..

beforeafter the hurricane napatree before and after 38

“Napatree Point is now a wildlife preserve and a popular public beach protected by the Watch Hill Conservancy and Fire District, which have hired wardens to protect the area's wildlife and habitat. These wardens work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the piping plover, a federally endangered species. Napatree is also home to deer, fox, ospreys and a resting area for migratory birds.”



I haven't walked the beach since Florida. 


Nothing like the salt and sand to cleanse the soul…




A pretty blue sea sponge.


I heart the beach!


Jeff and I walked the sandy beach and around the rocky area to the bay side of the spit.


Jeff showing off the wooden sword I found.

P1130769On the bay side we found a few shore birds.

A pair of Ruddy turnstone,

Semipalmated sandpipers, A pair of American oystercatchers and several Piping Plover.


We couldn’t walk the loop back into town because there was a small inlet of water going into a pond.

We didn’t want to cross the inlet and we couldn’t walk around the pond because the area was roped off for the Piping Plover.


So we back tracked and made it back into town in a bit over 2 hours.  Luckily we had no ticket.

A great walk on the beach!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here we are...Mom and Dads

Here we are...

Mom and Dads driveway.

We have been here a little over a week now.

Jeff and I have been busy cleaning up...weeding gardens, moving dirt, seeding the lawn and planting flowers.

I will mulch the flower beds sometime this week. Then perhaps some pruning and more weeding.

The vegetable garden was over run by wild violets. I weeded the garden and added newspaper as weed control.

I will dig some holes and plant a few veggies and HOPEFULLY I won't have to weed this garden again.

Here is our current view from our living room and dining room windows.
Mom and Dads Rhododendron bushes.
The shrubs are taller than our Homey...about 14 feet high!
Homey blocks mom and dads view of these flowers so... they have to visit in order to see them...we get full time enjoyment. :)
The Peonies just started to bloom.
These are my favorites!
Aren't they gorgeous?
I love the delicate petals and the big ball of yellow in the center.
Jeff and I plan on being here a few more weeks before heading to Massachusetts to visit Jeff's side of the family.
Until then.....I must go finish making some egg and tuna salad for tommorows visitors...our daughter and granddaughter will be here for the day!
Can't wait!