Sunday, August 23, 2015

Isn't this adoreable?!


  • 2 car tires and one larger truck tire
  • 2 small tires with rims (from cart, wheelbarrow, or mower).
  • 4 plastic bowls
  • Tire inner tube
  • Garden hose
  • Recycled rubber doormat
  • Lid from a broken storage tote
  • Duco Cement
  • Silicon caulk (paintable)
  • Spray paint – green and white
  • Brush paint – Red and blue


  1. Power drill with ½” bit
  2. Utility knife
  3. Scissors
  4. Paint brushes
  5. Q-tips
  6. 2x6x8 piece of treated lumber
  7. 3” deck screws
  8. Long galvanized nails


1. Clean tires and let dry.
2. Select which side of the large tires will be down.  Drill 4-6 holes in that side of each tire to allow excess water to drain.
3. Cut storage tote lid about 1-2” bigger than largest tire opening.  Poke 3-4 holes in it for drainage, and work it into the tire to cover the bottom hole.
4. Use utility knife to cut 4 feet from rubber door mat.  I drew the first with a silver Sharpie and cut it out, then used it as a template to make the others match.
5. Lay all the tires, feet, hose, and 2 of the bowls out on drop cloth and start painting!  I used Valspar flat spray paint/primer-in-one, in “Tropical Foliage” color.  It took about 5 cans.  I didn’t paint the underside, since they wouldn’t be visible.
6. Paint the other two bowls white – I used Rustoleum flat white.  Once dry, paint the bottom of these two blue.
7. Using Duco cement, glue the bowls into the rims of the small tires.  The white bowls are the eyeballs, and the green ones on the back give the eyes a bulgy look from behind.
8. Spread a bead of silicon caulk on joint of bowls and rims.  Once it dries, touch up the paint.  Spray the caulked part on the back of the eyes.  To touch up the front, I spray paint onto a piece of wax paper or foil and use a Q-tip as a brush. frog 5
9. For eyelashes, cut a wedge-shaped section of inner tube, then use scissors to make cut from the inner edge to about 1-1/2” from outer edge.  Use Duco Cement to glue into the space between the tire and the rim.
frog 6
10. Using red paint and brush, add mouth to largest tire.
11. Now the slightly tricky part – making the eyes stable in their mounting.  First, set the eyes on the “head” tire and cut two slits in the large tire with a utility knife.   This allows the eyes to sit down into the tire a bit.
frog 8
12. Insert the piece of lumber into the head tire under where the eyes will sit.  Install deck screws at an angle through eye tire, head tire, and into lumber. Do this with both eyes.  They will have a little wobble to them,         but not much.  Later, when this tire is filled, stability gets even better.
13. Put it all together!  Lay the 2 body tires side-by-side on the ground.  Fill them to within an inch of the inner circle with soil.
frog 4
14. Place head tire on body tires, centered and pulled forward a couple inches.
15. Lift head slightly and slip one end of arm hose on each side, between tires.
a. Cut off arms to length and secure to ground with galvanized nails as mini-stakes.
frog 3
b. Place feet in position, and use nails again to hold in place.
16. Fill top tire with soil to within an inch of the inner edge height.
17. Plant with flowers of choice.  I chose to use perennial daylilies in the bottom tires, and annuals in the top, so I don’t have to replant more than one each year.
This is how I did it, but if you make one, let your imagination go out and play … get silly or get serious, but make it YOURS!
Finally, and most important, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest in Frieda La Frog.  I’ve told her how popular she’s become, and I’m a little worried … she’s demanding an entourage, Ray-Bans, and one of those silly little purse-sized dogs …

Happy Gardening!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Did you say peanut butter?

I’m a hug fan of sleep.  Siesta, doze, nap, zonked. Sleep is right up there with caramel brownies and buttered popcorn.  

Sadly, sleep does not feel the same way. In fact, sleep has a bit of a foul attitude toward me. It makes an appearance and then teases me with a ‘catch me if you can’ taunting.

The sway of Ambien gives me leverage over sleep and yet my brain gives fatigue a heck of a fight.  Who’s gonna win? Who’s gonna win? Who’s gonna win?

Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me.

Brain!  Stop talking. Stop talking. Stop talking.

I need to pay bills tomorrow. Did I order checks?

Good heavens, I’m having a hot flash! Did I forget to turn the air conditioner down? That reminds me, I need to call the doctor tomorrow and schedule a pap smear. 

Yeah, keep on shinin' your light   
Gonna make everything, pretty mama
Gonna make everything all right

What was that noise?

Did I lock the door?

I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand
By the hand, take me by the hand pretty mama
Come and dance with your daddy all night long

I love Elvis Presley. 

Oh, I’m getting sleepy.  Is tomorrow Tuesday?

I think I’m getting sleepy. 

I did take my Ambien.  Didn’t I?

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
~ Proverbs 31:30

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I find myself thinking of the past as I get older - the 'what ifs', the 'if onlys'. Maybe I think about the past years because there are so many of them to remember. And yet, I'm far less haunted by them than I've ever been. Maybe that is the perfect scenario; to reach a point where you don't feel victimized by the memories. 

I've reached a point in my life where I'm advocating for myself. I'm not following the path that others are so anxiously shoving me down. I'm not the predictable person that everyone has known in the past and because of that there have been situations in my life that are altering relationships, possibly forever. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone - it is scary but very freeing at the same time. 

The stagnancy of my life has changed my soul. I'm not the person I see in the reflection of the mirror. It's me that is to blame. I've allowed these things to happen but I'm also allowing the adjustments that need to take place to change the direction of my spirit. Finding myself is not a comfortable process to experience. It's hard. I'm questioning everything. I'm searching for my own laugh again. I'm learning to listen to myself regardless of what others say.  I'm learning to trust myself, something I'd nearly forgotten how to do.


Monday, August 10, 2015

A letter to me

Dear Younger Me,

I write this letter knowing that everything I'm about to say, you won't believe. You'll think that I'm 'old fashioned' and can't possibly know what it's like to be young.

First, know that the choices you make as a teenager will directly change your life. That is a fact. 

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) your bold personality won't change. And it will be many many years before you realize that pleasing yourself is far more important than pleasing anyone else. 

Don't put boyfriends before your friends. I did this once thirty years ago and I still think about it.

Get to know your parents - not just as parents but as people.

Your idea of 'happily ever after' with the white picket fence isn't realistic. Know that being in love can be the most amazing feeling you can experience but also know that being in love can be devastating. 

Learn how to control your anger. Anger makes you less intelligent.

Be honest. Honesty is highly valued in all relationships.

As much as you think you want to be a mother, I'm telling you it will be so much better than you could ever imagine. It can also be heart breaking.

Remember who you are and who you want to be, not who society says you should be. 

Build your relationship with God now! Pray every day. I don't mean to simply repeat words over and over but have a deeply meaningful internal dialogue with God. 



After being blessed with 4 gorgeous, energetic, handsome grandsons, we are once again blessed with our first granddaughter. 

Introducing -  Mia Rae. :)