Tuesday, June 25, 2013

work avoidance


I'm trying to do some business related thing every work day while we are waiting for some of the proposals to come in. If I get too disconnected, it's hard to get back in work mode.

I have two proposals to finish today, one for a residence and one for a Catholic church in Nebraska. Both these inquiries came through my business FB page within a day of each other. The Leadership Wall contact was also made through my FB page but we had done work for them before and they were looking for me. These two new ones were looking for etched glass but not me specifically.

Not that I'm ready to get back at it but at this point in our lives, we need to make, and put back, as much money as we can. Owning two properties is a nice ace in the hole. Especially the property in the city which, thanks to the gentrification I have railed against, is getting more valuable by the day. But, OMG, the neighborhood has gotten so crowded and dense with people.

Of course, having the grandkids out doesn't help me stay focused on work. I went to the city yesterday and picked up the grandboy. He brought a friend with him this year and has a friend that lives down the street so he isn't much trouble or work beyond making sure there is enough food in the house.

It's really gotten too hot to do anything out in the yard though I did formally plant the star of india yesterday morning before heading into the city to pick up the boys. I say formally because as happens with me a lot, I dither about where to permanently plant things and often just end up putting the pot somewhere to see if it likes the spot and then I forget about it. Fast forward months later and the damn things just plant themselves through the bottom of the pots. In fact that's how the star of india in Houston, which is over 6' tall, got planted. Eventually, I get in there and either break the pot off or, if it's plastic, cut it off, and mound dirt up around it.




Not wanting to dig up and lift the roses on either side, I created a raised bed around it. I'm running out of the brick pavers I usually line my flower beds with and besides they wouldn't have been tall enough, so I put a cinder block on either side and then created an arc connecting them with wine bottles.

I'll probably remove the bricks later after the ground settles.

These would be the wine bottles that we are collecting because we think bottle walls are cool and we want to build one, not that we have the faintest idea of how to go about doing that but we're saving bottles anyway. 





16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like your use of the bottles! as long as it's shady enough so the sun won't start a fire nearby! :)

The Bug said...

I love the bottles too & I was thinking of how to do that here - but TexWisGirl has got me thinking again - we don't have that many shady places :)

turquoisemoon said...

Ooh...I love those wine bottles. Now I'm headed to pinterest to see if there are more ideas.

Out on the prairie said...

Never seen a bottle wall but love the look

Linda Wildenstein said...

I haven't ever seen that plant type before, it is lovely. And I adore your use of the wine bottles. There are lots of houses up by Taos, NM, called Earth Ships that have fandamntastic walls of bottles. There is a cute little museum up in the Sandia Mountains called Tinkertown that has all manner of things built of bottles. Love that look. Oma Linda

Ms. Moon said...

I think I have one of those Star of Indias in a pot. My friend who gave it to me called it a "tropical gardenia." It hasn't bloomed, ever, though. I don't think it gets enough sun where I have it.
Bottle wall? Yes! Thank-you! Gorgeous idea!

Joanne Noragon said...

Love your grandson brought a friend to hang with in case his local friend had to go home for dinner, or something.

Reya Mellicker said...

If anyone can figure out the bottle wall, it's the two of you. Can't wait to see how you put it together.

Funny about the gentrification working to your advantage. Life is ironic!

Gail said...

I have the same fascination with bottles and have been wanting to play badly with some creations.

Retaining walls? Raised beds? Light walls in sheds? More ideas than muscle nor time.

Steve Reed said...

I love the bottle planter! And yes, bottle walls are GREAT. I love the one in the photo -- is that your picture? If so, where did you see that wall?

djh said...

Brilliant excuse to drink wine Ellen

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love that wall...gorgeous. And you have a nice start.
Hugs
SUeAnn

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love plants with character. And it takes a lot of character to just root yourself.

The arc of wine bottles made me smile. Maybe one day, I'll have one in my yard. Need to get the yard first.

And the bottle wall? What a dream!

Meri said...

There must be instructions on the net somewhere. Can't you find everything there?

Hilary said...

Very cool bottle art. Even more fun is taking the task of emptying them to heart. ;)

A Plain Observer said...

my kitchen has a wine theme. But I've never seen a wine bottle wall. I can just imagine what a rock would do to it if thrown...