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Beautiful amaryllis blooms off our back porch surprised us, we have never seen them bloom here before. We actually had four blooms on one stalk within a week:
Glenn has gone to the industrial strength/size of home-made cat feeder to take care of our "stray" critters when we are gone (cats, possums, raccoons, rabbits). Of course, now the bears think this is a major food source too, so he has had to reinforce it even more since this photo was taken:
Cardinals and a blue jay enjoying the bird seed and water tub:
Enter our ever-humorous Sherman's Fox squirrel ("Sherman" for short)
As our smiling Tree Faces look on:
Our "stray" cats sunning themselves before their daily milk treat:
And a lone turkey has visited our yard the past few mornings:
A drive through Conway in March, just to see the early flowering of the azalea bushes, before most of them froze from an overnight cold snap:
|Here it is January 4 and we already have daffodils blooming!|
Always a surprise, this bush near our porch blossoms in December just when color is most appreciated, even in South Carolina:
New additions to our Christmas outdoor display are two lighted polar bears (one a gift from "adopted son" Craig. Also, the leaded crystal snowflake - thank you, Frank (Glenn's brother) and wife Diane! - this beautiful piece gives a different look to the Santa outside:
And this year's Scary Santa award in 2006 goes to: GLENN:
Glenn's comment: There is something in the water in Barrow (Alaska, our trip in October). It sure made my hair grow. Heidi said at least the bears won't be a problem as they sure wouldn't want to mess with a crazy man like me.
Heidi's comment: Okay, so it's this wig he found at a store in Barrow, he scared the heck out of me (and the store clerk) trying it on at the store, now he's scared all the neighbors as well!
A new gift to ourselves of a blonde wolf skin from Alaska to add to the black wolf skin we already had. Displayed at their fighting best by Glenn and Craig, then shown "guarding" our Christmas this year:
Going to a new level, the largest Chinaberry wood carved Mako and Hammerhead sharks we've had yet! Gifts to ourselves:
The plush black bear footstool I bought for Glenn:
Our neighbor had a surprising new visitor to their pond, we identified it as a cormorant!
Bear with us, we have MORE PHOTOS THAN TIME since August. We will post them as we can!
For Heidi's 52nd birthday, her son sent 10 pints of her favorite KOPP'S FROZEN CUSTARD from Milwaukee Wisconsin, packed in dry ice. WOW, the perfect gift. It seems to be a Northern thing, the closest Custard Stand is in Wilmington NC.
But it was the dry ice it was packed in that pressed Glenn's buttons. Priceless.
Two of the five "stray" cats that Glenn nurtures, photo taken through our kitchen window onto the front porch. We can occasionally touch them when they come to eat. Guess how much they enjoy the warm sweet milk they get each night?
and 4 of them in our side woods near the cat food dish, where they like to prowl:
and snoozing on the warm blanket on our porch at night:
Our September rose
A life-changing trip to Alaska from June 21 through July 8. Please see the Latest Travels page for details, and more to come. Below is our living room wall adorned with the fossil whale bone and ivory masks we acquired in Alaska, for a taste of what we experienced..
and a photo which includes a display case of some of the ivory and bone carvings we treasure too:
July 15th our dinner plate sized Hibiscus bloom in our yard:
Other beautiful scenes around our yard:
Our mystery flower that has come up for a 2nd year now, YES we know it LOOKS like marijuana but it's NOT. Thanks to Nancy here in South Carolina, it is identified as a Texas Rose, a member of the hibiscus family. Thanks Nancy!
For those of you following our home decorating, we have now mounted this tree trunk of solid teak on our bedroom wall on a custom made oak book case (thanks to a master craftsman, thanks Bob!!) with a solid wood top to support its weight (NINE FEET long x Two feet high x 5 to 11" thick variation). It was carved in Thailand with 20 elephants, all still part of the tree trunk. We estimate its weight at 300 pounds
|To accompany the elephant teak log, we purchased this two elephant head carving (also of teak) that even has EYELASHES on it, it is stunning (not for sale):|
And here are updated photos of our bedroom showing the new bookcase (though at the rate we're buying books, there will be no room for displays soon, only books), the "elephant hide" microsuede chaise lounge and pole wall hanging, etc. that we have added since Christmas. The room continues to evolve into an African theme, stay tuned!
and our living "entertainment" room with our infinitely useful new end tables we had custom made, thanks to Bob Johnson, a great woodworker that lives nearby:
|And Heidi's unique & colorful Rain Forest Bathroom (frogs & lizards & turtles theme) that delights the children who visit, especially, and Heidi every day:|
In addition, we had a custom-built 12 x 24 foot storage building delivered just for the cameo inventory that we will be adding soon:
Update 4/17/06 (shelving & bins delivered, Glenn is installing them in the building:
4/30/06 FINISHED! We'll be bringing home the cameos NEXT WEEK:
|In January, our sport camera with motion detector & flash (Walmart, Sports Department, $98), bungied to a tree, caught photos of a few of the deer herd feeding on the corn we put out, and a large mama black bear in its sights, which is right outside Heidi's office window. Yikes!|
Here is a recent article about us when we had our store in Boulder City, Nevada from 1999-2001and sponsored the mural on the back wall of our shop with scenes of the Hoover Dam history (in pdf file form):
Recently the artist brightened the colors and made a few changes, the most significant being that our landlady Bette Porter's family has now taken credit for the mural, evidenced by this addition to the mural. Sad but true.
We hope you had a peaceful and pleasant holiday season.
Here is a road sign near our house that is decorated for the holidays...
and this year's Christmas decorations, thanks to Glenn's loving labors. First is the entrance to our driveway with the Snowman and Santa sentinels, a cable of lights overhead, the fences on both sides lined with lights like an airport runway, ending in a HUGE 7 foot wreath Glenn made:
The front & side house lights, and the Christmas tree of lights from our pine tree "flagpole", the tree this year is made up of 9000 lights.
And for the first time, our Dinosaurs celebrated Christmas with us:
From our home to yours,
Glenn and Heidi Reed
|On July 8, this incredible eight inch hibiscus had bloomed overnight, what a sight! Notice Glenn's arm and hand to appreciate the size. And in the photo below of Glenn beside it...|
A good year for roses in our back yard...
But in early April, the azalea bushes and daffodils excelled too...
also the purple irises and lavender calla lilies...
and our South Carolina was just MADE for day lilies:
THESE blooms are protected by our resident Fountain Gator...
Canna lilies flourished, though the dahlias are nowhere to be seen this year!
Our "island paradise"...
Lovely floral arrangement? Real? NOT! We slipped these silk flowers in to keep color in the yard, fun to fool the neighbors too!
Our spring flowers are bursting at the seams. Glenn has planted hundreds of bulbs, even he doesn't remember where they would all turn up... crocuses
Daffodils in cheerful yellows...
Pink tulips ...
Another form of hyacinth, I believe:
We hope these bring the beauty of our South Carolina Spring to you in a special way.
Enter the flower children (or Children of the Corn?)..neighbors Craig and Lisa's children decided to pick flowers for Daddy...SO many to choose from, they had their hands full by the time we found them...
And a common sight for us is the Red Bellied Woodpecker...
And here are new flower arrangements of our own making, in silk:
and in glass:
Friends visiting from Virginia found our fossil pile in our back yard a real treasure hunt. Glenn was upset every time the boys took one of "his" teeth from the pile:
and the dinosaurs never fail to entertain our young visitors Josh and Noah:
even sitting on his arms:
and even the rhino in our neighbor's yard didn't mind a little giddi-yup:
Friends from Oregon came to visit too, and ended up with a strange Pumpkin car from National Car Rental, they took plenty of ribbing from us about it:
And a current chilly photo of Glenn and Heidi that same evening...
And our guests also enjoyed our new Christmas present to ourselves, a 60" Sony television:
And of course, evidence every night of the possum visits to eat the rest of our "stray" cat's food on our porch:
we'll get a good picture of him, we just have to have the camera ready!