Thursday, December 31, 2009
First Place: Shrinapalooza
submitted by Lola Nova
Not a collection, more of a performance art; the home made yard art festooned with stones or shells transcends the mortal coil of earth. As stunning today as the day it was submitted.
Second Place - Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
submitted by Belgian Mom
Midway through the year, The Golden Manatee was introduce to represent those yards that obtained the maximum 4 point award. The Idol people were submitted before the introduction of the Golden Manatee but the display certainly warrants the award.
Question: How does one get angels scored in the Yard Art Game.
Answer: Turn them around and make Potato Heads out of them.
A Game Within A Game
Third Place - Team Gull
submitted by d/iowa
Adorable and clever, this display almost made us care about football. All those tiny uniforms, the stoic referee and the goal post in the playing field, I just want to pull up a lawn chair and watch the game. Given the lavish display of fan-dom, I predict a face-painter lives here.
Are You Ready For Some Football
Best Negotiation - CSI- North Carolina
negotiated like a tigress by Belgian Mom
Combine returning to the scene of the crime, photographing forensic evidence plus a graphic display of the miscount and you get the gist of determination of this player.
Our First Scandal - CSI North Carolina
Runner up - Rocks Still Do Not Count
Followup pictures and support by her fans in the comments section proved a valiant effort but the judge prevailed.
The Great Rock Debate
Next - A New Year and a recap of our top competitors.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We heard whispering on the winds of a legendary yard artist. Of a house in Oregon of unusual color and with a unheard of massive collection. The presentation at the purple house of Portland borders on obsessive/compulsion and we love it. Collective score: 155 points
Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House - Part 1
The Purple House - Part 2
The Purple House Redux
Best Yard - Second Place
The Nashville House set the standard for master artists of yard and lawn decorations. Not only gathering their own impressive collection but spawning a neighboring house. Spanning three entries, this yard scored a collective: 117 points.
Please note the gilded giant manatee with child on the front porch. The Golden Manatee is The Yard Game's symbol for maximum creativity points.Nashville the Mini Series - Part 1
Nashville the Mini Series - Part 3
Best Yard - Third Place
Florida House - submitted by Tim
Tim was contacted by Life's Highway early in its infansy to see if he would be interested in playing the Yard Art Game. Come on, Florida has to be a mecca of venue. Tim as a good sport submitted a swan. Then he submitted a great picture of a stuffed granny on a front porch.
um... Tim... you missed a few points. Total score on gnome fantastic yard: 126 points.
Tim was never heard of again.
Creepiest Yard - as selected by The Higher Power
The Ambassador - Funny I thought she would pick the sock monkey.
Next up: Most Creative - Another difficult class
Best Negotiator - I wonder who it could be.
Hilde would like to present:
Most Shocking Use of a Seahorse Birdbath Bath
The poor seahorse birdbath was used and abused in the year 2009. We have had decapitations, eagles, cupids, all kinds of wildlife, broken limbs but our limit was reached in You Don't Do That
Do not showcase your predilection for naked women on my cultural southern icon, thank you.
Best Presentation of a Garden Gnome
The Wet T-Shirt Contest: You have to admit for a gnome she is putting her best assets forward
Belgian Mom introduced us to the seasonal giraffes
yeah, we look good and your point is?
Next episode, later today:
Best Yard which is a difficult decision indeed
Be sure to go back and read the comments. It showcases some of our competitors at their best.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
For the Category of Craziest Yard of 2009Beach Blanket Bingo
The top three winners will be saved for another entry but I would like to take the time to mention a few note worthy competitors.
Who taught us that Texans are almost psychotic about their stars.
Monday, December 28, 2009
d/iowa (aka Diane) submits
Hold on little Canada goose with your festive bow. The holiday riff-raff will soon be gone and the the hunt will once again be afoot.
And for those who are counting:
Goose dressed: 2 points.
This week we will review our victors, our favorites, and many honorable mentions. If you have a suggestion for a category, please comment.
The judges meet and methodically review the past year of results. Some even dressed for the occasion.
Most Creative - Golden Manatees
Best Presentation of Garden Gnome
Most shocking use of seahorse birdbath
(added) Craziest Yard
Feel free to vote on any of these categories. You may comment or drop it in an email.
Good luck to everyone. (I can't imagine who the top player will be...)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Santa's understudies are ever hopeful that this will be the year the giraffes get to pull the sleigh.Score:
- 2 ever hopeful reindeer bedecked in holiday garland: 4 points
I just love holiday giraffes in festive drag: 2 points
Total: 6 points
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tufa Girl comments and submits (and invokes the Texas Star game):
Yard was not that exciting but then I saw Tony Romo peeking over the fence.It has been a dry week here. Any excuse to pop one.
Tony Romo peers from the side of their home. Big Brother in a helmet is watching.
Turtles madly dash away from the Tony Roma sphere of influence. Run turtles, run.Score
- Star (how surprising): 1 point
- Poster boy: 1 point
- Giant orange butterfly: 1 point
- Tiny red fish: 1 point
- Birdbath with some kind of red shell thingie: 1 point ( I fear it is the third turtle brother)
- Blue jay whirligig: 1 point
- Turtles making a break for it: 2 points
- Dangly spinning things: 0 points
I'm not a Texan, so I do not know if this is unusual or not, but if you have a bigger than life size poster of your favorite player plastered on the side of your house then I am going to have to give 1 point.
Total: 9 points
Question: Who would you proudly hang in a larger than life on the side of your house? (real or fictional)
My Answer: Neo in full leather gear, long coat and the sunglasses.
Yes, because I am that much of a geek.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Actually, not unlike yard art.
- 2 cats: 2 points + 1 point for out of proportion family
- Disgruntled zebra: 1 point
- Lion ready to take on neighborhood Labrador: 1 point
- Giraffe who needs a chiropractor and a little attitude adjustment: 1 point
- Wagon wheel: 1 point
- Kangaroo with roo-let: 1 point
- Giant black and white salamander or a lemur: 1 point
For a decent diorama of Madagascar: 3 points (I would have given 4 points for the Hippo)
Total: 12 points
Somewhere in the KB9VGH's world there must be Papier-mâché tournament.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The Deer must eat... what else is in abundance around the neighborhood?
Go for the fat ones with the heavy backpacks. They're slower.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Every team wants Gregor the Glorious. He is always the first round draft pick.
"Toss your carp from 50 yards, my magnificence will always make the catch"
No one wants Benson the Bumbler but he owns the only tape measure. The team who loses the coin toss has to take him.
Golly, I thought I had it that time. Hey you guys have to play with me or I'm going home.Fish tossing in Seattle
The ritual of choosing sides: traumatic or triumphant childhood memory?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
- Double pole violated white stallion (you would rear too): 1 point
- Pretty and delicate white mare: 1 point
- Wagon wheel: 1 point
- Odd clock flower on porch: 1 point
- Peacock headed chair: 0 points ( seems functional enough)
- Giraffe: 1 point
Subtotal: 5 points
For the lovely pair of boneless equines and their disdainful giraffe companion encompassing the majority of their tiny front yard: 4 points
Total: 9 points
Golden Manatee welcomes you to her hallowed halls
Phathom (aka Regent's Cloud's Pumpkin Spiced Spider)
To learn RCPSS true story, read yesterday's comments by redgirl
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
a horse yard art picture for blog continuity.
eventer79 is one of my best friends. She is also the current leader on the board and writes two very good blogs. Wander With Wild Things is thought provoking, well written environmental blog on issues very close to her heart. I recommend it, you will learn something with every entry.
We Are Flying Solo The Journey of a Horse and His Girl is a journal of her progress with her horse and their training as a team in the eventer world.
And then there is this segue in which I make an appearance: Tree = 1, Equestrienne = 0.1
She did call me an equestrienne, at least that's pretty cool.
I'm glad I managed to work in the Brazilian last week, or this could be embarrassing.
Of course, he could carry the jug, or get her some clothes or stop displaying her to the neighbors. They don't make gentlemen like they used to.
- Lawn Jockey: 4 points
- Naked Lady: 1 point
For the disgusted expression of the wine barer and the noble profile of the light keeper: 2 points
Total: 7 points
My contribution towards all the google searches seeking naked women on my site, you are welcome.
perfectly safe for work:
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Then... oh the horror, the strain of cruelty must run deep within some families. So this is what Texas does with my beloved icon.
Tufa Girl comments and submits:
"Double seahorse birdbath bonus. Alas, not a star in sight."
Double you say? Decapitated would be the correct description. Enlarge photo by clicking and to view the evidence.
- 2 butterflies: 2 points
- Seahorse birdbath with hair washing cupid in its lovely clam shell basin: 3 points
- Lonely frog on spooning bench (kitsch factor): 3 points
- Windmill (non-functioning): 1 point
- Various dangly things in the tree: 0 points
- Hummingbird on a stick: 1 points
- And the severed head of a double seahorse birdbath: 1 point
Subtotal: 11 points
To proudly display your cruelty to birdbaths by placing the evidence on your front porch: 2 points
Total: 13 points
What is next: taunting puppies?
I will spare my readers a clip to the SAW the Movie.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Spokesperson Bill Weber commented "these things can go on for quite a while and the Reverend is a tad long winded. We were grateful for the diversion". Other family members murmured similar sentiments.
The DGBP is an organization devoted to the encouragement of an active fan base for the Packers. It is rumored their true goal is to keep hunters inside watching TV. Rumors have not be substantiated.
Bambi, don't drop me in the lift this time
- 2 deer dressed in jerseys: 4 points
Subtotal: 4 points
To enlived the visits to the dearly departed with gymnastic feats of skill: 2 points
Total: 6 points
In the road version, the grave yard would have negated all points. And I would have laughed at you.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tufa Girl boldly submits:
The White Knight and Knight-ie
You don't want to make the Turtle mad, man
"Hey, Hula Momma, want to take a ride?"Score
- 2 suits of armor (a first!) 2 points + 1 point for proportion bonus
- Viking Gnome: 4 points
- Chair as plant stand: 1 points
- Baby potty as plant holder (hee): 1 point
- Bucket with prerequisite Texas stars (pop a top, gang): 1 point
- Owl: 1 point
- Frog advertising in a foreign language: 1 point
- Tricycle displayed on tea chart (makes sense): 2 points
- Teapot: 1 point (for when the teacart isn't so busy)
- Gopher on a dirtbike: 2 points
- Collapsed bench: 1 point (obviously non-functioning)
- Psychodelic turtle and aardvark (well I am calling it an aardvark): 2 points
- Musical Bear: 1 point
- Skeletal remains of a fish: 1 point
- Heart tray: 1 point
Where do I start: there is the gopher dirtbike rider, Hula angel, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds turtle and oh yes - Suits of Armor: 4 points
Total: 27 points
The manatee has great respect for the elderly and daredevil gophers
Dramatic gopher is:
Monday, December 7, 2009
For example, last week a co-worker asked if I could give her a ride to a friend's house to pick up something or other because her car was in for repair. No problem - I am so very helpful like that. Armed with my camera phone, as soon as said friend went inside the house, I captured a few shots.
You have to be ruthless people.
Abandoned Halloween decoration
Cupid only moments from death by gazing globe
- Stunted birdbath: 1 point
- Angel: 0 points
- Peeling frog: 1 point
- Halloween ghost with accompanying "boo": 1 point + 2 points for holiday bonus
- Bird feeder pagoda: 0 points (noteworthy for use of stump)
- Adorable black bear in right corner: 1 point
- Mini flag: This is a hard call, I don't count flags but this is a Halloween flag... hmmm: 0 points
- Gazing globe on leaning pedestal: 2 points
- Cupid: 1 point
- 2 bunnies: 2 points
- Some kind of picture laying on the ground: 1 point
- 2 mushrooms: 2 points
A few interesting items cobbled together but other than the sneaking factor of taking the shots, the presentation lacks a certain flair: 0 points
Total: 14 points
Tomorrow: Someone captures their own Grandma's yard. Wow, stay turned.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Some of the students are in thoughtful repose but I believe at least one is flat on his back snoring.
- Greek scholar and suspected tadpole muncher: 1 point
- 9 student frogs (and maybe lunch): 9 points
- Tree stump: 0 points
Subtotal: 10 points
For an inspired use of a tree stump by incorporating it into an artistic display and not have to hire a stump grinder: 3 points
Total: 13 points
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they
rested on a rock
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
You know this doesn't turn out well, but I won't spoil it for you (spoiler)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- 3 gazing globes: 3 points
- Hiding hen embarrassed by amphibian flaunting: 1 point
- Blue Bird of gossip on a stick: 1 point
- The ugly frog friend: 1 point
- The Venus of forest, splayed out for all to enjoy: 1 point
For the sun bathing beauty arching her back so seductively and for two small leaves delicately cover her nether regions. Also for her friends who had to daily bare the public display: 2 points
Total: 9 points
I don't know, some women are naturally blessed...
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
KB9VGH comment and submits:
I thought these were considered politically incorrect but I still see them in rural areas
I seem to have lost my friend, Watermelon Boy
- Dejected and rejected snappy dressing fishing guy: 3 points (kitsch factor)
- Gazing globe on leaning tower of Pisa: 2 points
- Birdhouse sitting comfortably on the front porch: 0 points
- Some random thing knocked over: 0 points
Subtotal: 5 points
Although I appreciate Smilin' Bob's pants matching the front door, I am unmoved by this presentation. 0 points
Total: 5 points
Apparently the servant's entrance is around the back.