Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Be Careful When Walking Under Trees

After a long day of work nothing soothes my soul quite like a nice tall glass of seahorse birdbath.
Tufa Girl submits

Ahhh!  Is that a large blobby jellyfish hanging from that tree? Damn, my nice glowy buzz is gone.

Score (list provide by Tufa Girl, my comments are in red)
  • Cute mill-style birdhouse appropriate since they live near a stream. (cute but functional): 0 points
  • 3 feeders one with a glass thingy (maybe it glows in the dark!) (all this claiming of glowing but never any proof): 1 point
  • one that looks like a air-dried jellyfish: creepy and so disturbing: 1 point
  • Seahorse birdbath (kitsch factor and lovely): 3 points
Subtotal: 5 points

Creativity Bonus

I have a well document weakness for seahorse birdbaths but I detest tree jellyfish. You are walking around all unaware, you bump into one and then someone has to pee on you... I hate that: 2 points

Total: 7 points

and out of the trees


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Of Gnomes and Small Balls

Diane has a fascination with Hillbilly Balls. Sometimes I worry about her.
"I did not know that hillbilly balls came in different sizes....I found me some mini-billies!!"

Front View
had to move over so you could see #4's shoes.

some balls

more balls

  • 4 gnomes 2 heads up & 2 tails: 16 points
  • 3 mini balls: 3 points
  • Eagle in flight (sort of): 1 point
  • 4 more mini balls: 4 balls
  • Wind chime: 1 point
  • Bowling ball (maybe): 1 point
  • Lighthouse: 1 point
  • Stumpy banished from the garden: 4 points

Subtotal: 31 points

Creativity Bonus

For the gnome garden wonderland and for not letting poor Stumpy join in any the gnomy games: 2 points

Total: 33 points

Mr. Roboto's House

Laura of Fetch My Flying Monkeys has the good fortune of being neighbors with an extreme talent - an over-the-top yard art talented neighbor. That talent, my friends, is a gift from the gods. With genius comes a few snakes in the head so maybe not as fortunate to be a next door neighbor.

Laura comments and submits
"Here's pics of a neighbors house I named "Mr. Roboto House." Not only do they decorate these robots for holidays, but they light them up at night. They also have a pair of flamingos that are semi-buried in the Pampas Grass. Please note the rare white one rarely seen in the wild. And they appear to be nesting!"

I hope they made hounds-tooth pink and white babies because I would adopt one of those in a second!

I admit it! I want these these. I want them so bad. I could taunt my neighbors with them and never get bored.

Mr Robotos... Roboti ... Robotomuses,
  • Pink and White (rare) Flamingo hiding in the Love Grass Shack: 2 points
  • 2 Lego men / Robots (not currently decorated - Independence Day hater): 2 points
Subtotal: 4 points

Creativity Bonus

Two large red and black robots loitering under an awning not being dressed up or lit or anything but still spectacular against a white house (I love them): 4 points

Total: 8 points
Welcome to the Loyal Order of the Golden Manatee

You knew it was coming... enjoy 80's goodness:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Color Coordination

I'm not much of an accessory person. I don't have a lot of cute belts, scarves, shoes and purses. I feel pretty good to put on the basics and get out the door. But I have a lot of respect for those who know how to complete an outfit with that special item that makes them sparkle.

Kristi submits:

Mortimer spent hours shopping to get just the right purple hat to match his new jaunty pants

and then pulls it all together with a magnificent Gnommy Choo man-purse.

Score (Kristi provided the list, my comments are in red)
  • The largest Gnome I have ever seen: dressed! our first dressed gnome, his jacket is divine: 4 points + 1 point
  • Purple man-purse: 1 point
  • Texas star on Ohio house (fancy-smacy flag painted one): 1 point
  • Horseshoe placed in proper position to keep luck from running out: 1 point
  • Rarely seen 25 ft turquoise Curly Viper OH never's a garden hose. (always stick with your bluff, you never know I may have an off day): 0 points

Subtotal: 8 points

Creativity Bonus

For a gnome dressed for a day out in the town: 4 points

Total: 12 points

Manatee approves of Gnommy Choo purses

Kristi, your assignment if you chose to accept it:

Find out if Mortimer changes his outfits. We all want to know.

The Making of a Field Reporter

The Yard Game Metamorphosis:
  1. You find the game and it is mildly amusing, or perhaps I found you and you are mildly amused
  2. You follow the game for a while (long or short) and begin to decifer the complex scoring system
  3. You want to play, build up your courage and take your first picture.
  4. If it is a fantastic find you are addicted, if it is a small find you are still intrigued
  5. Repeat until something awesome comes your way
  6. You begin to notice yard art springing up in places that you have driven by 100 times
  7. You begin to take risks
  8. Then you begin Yard Speak while driving with family and friends:

Hubby: What time are you riding tomorrow?
Lifeshighway: I dont know I, oh look 3 deer, haven't set up a time maybe, did you see that broken birdbath with the chicken that was great, pretty early.
Hubby: (who has developed selective yard art hearing) Ok, do you need me to set the alarm?

SusanH comments and submits:
"I was surprised to find these 2 houses right down the road from where I grew up... never noticed them before.
Thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new world!"
SusanH has entered stage 6

Score (list provided by SusanH, my comments are in red)

Close to home #1
-       Two iron geese: 2 points
-       Bird bath: 1 point
-       Gnome made especially for Tar Heel fans (hand painted or are there hundreds of these out there to find in the wild?) (could go either way, gnomes are very trendy now, it's a mystery): 4 points
-       Mama duck with two duckings (pretty sure one is adopted)(agreed): 3 points

Close to home #2
-       Milk pail on porch: 1 point
-       Candle lights in every window (blazing at a sunny 10am; inside the window but worth noting): 0 points
-       Red wagon in front flower bed: 1 point
-       Bird house in the tree (probably functional): 0 points
-       Dog under UNC/State flag (a house divided flag): 2 points
-       Dog with 2 puppies at corner of storage shed: 1 point
-       Lawn jockey (kitsch factor): 3 points
-       Wheelbarrow (functioning as flower bed): 1 point
-       Dog holding a basket of flowers over his nose (I'm glad you told me because I thought it was a dog/pelican hybrid): 1 point
-       Bridge to nowhere?: 0 points

Subtotal: 19 points

Creativity Bonus

 A couple of cute homes, nothing really shines but it is our first fan gnome: 1 point

Total: 20 points

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Astro Boy

Two great things thrown together like peanut butter and chocolate.

Astro Boy and a Golden Horse united in awesomeness.

The handy manure collection baggie is just a wonderful bonus.

Visit Klahanie for other adventures of Golden Horse and his poo.

Tree Art

Tufa Girl shares the of progression of three tree artist:

"Creative tree house perched over the Guadalupe River. I love the gigantic eagle soaring above it."
At some point it is no longer a tree house and becomes a tree fortress.

"Check out the great bear circle carving."
You can't beat great chain saw art

"Teen boys came over to "help" the neighbor.  Give a kid a chainsaw.... "
um, I think these artists need just a little more practice.

  • Eagle on apex of Tree Palace: 1 point
  • Totem in the round. I see a bear, an eagle, a spear and on the far left maybe a pine tree?: 1 point
  • As much as I would like to give you points for the pine art work on the felled tree, I do spy a Texas star: 1 point
Subtotal: 3 points

Creativity Bonus

For large round totem (is it a totem if it is not vertical?) behind a barrier of gold tipped spikes: 2 points

Total: 5 point

Another up and coming tree artist:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

'Till the Cows Come Home

Life's Highway field reporters are a determine breed. The venture into unknown territories, they get funny looks, (one time I got the full hands on the hips glare), they drag family members into the game to be their drivers and apparently they will stock their prey for 6 months:

The Dean comments and submits

"My latest entry is six months in the making.  Northern participants in your game have the disadvantage of having yard art hidden by snow in winter and sometimes removed from the yards out of fear of freezing damage.  In this case I was aware of these cows and just did not get their photos before the cold weather set in.  The big cows head was removed and the small cow put in the garage for winter. When spring came the big cows head was not reattached till recently when new flowers were planted.

The big cow is a washing machine.

Don't you just hate it when you gain weight and your head looks really small and you lose your neck? I know I do

"Now for natural yard art. I suspect you will deny me points but may add it to your interesting pix.  I often have puff ball mushrooms in my yard that show up in early fall.  I have never seen this type of fungus growing in my yard before. I found it while trying to track a opossum I was trying to photograph this morning.  The fungus is about fourteen inches in diameter, and no I did not photo shop the color."

OMG, that's a chihuahua eater for sure.

  • Washing machine cow (with unfortunate odd and flat head): 1 point
  • Flat cow with dragging on the ground udders (so, old cow): 1 point
  • Teenage cow who is embarrassed to belong to this family: 1 point
  • Tire Planter (take a tire turn it inside out, paint it white, cut the petals with box cutter and viola... instant culture) 1 point
  • Nasty fungus, I suggest you not get too close: 0 points
Subtotal: 4 points

Creativity Bonus

For a wash machine cow and for the 6 month for picture opportunity: 4 points

Total: 8 points

Manatee approves of cows but would prefer not to be called one. (she is sensitive)

My new favorite song:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ivor - The Promised Land

Welcome to the second edition of What I found in Ivor, Virginia.

When I have a spare weekend I have every intention of traveling back up to Ivor. Because being the field expert that I am, I immediately recognize the signs of a yard art breeding ground. Ivor has a magical country store. The owner of this establishment features touristy items including dusty jams and jellys, disturbing pork products, various bbq sauces and oh yes, did I mention lawn ornaments. The owner considers herself a true cement ornament artist. (I can tell, I am an expert)

Being the very articulate type I was admiring the wares of the country store with precise elucidation:

Lifeshighway: ooh ooh oooh oooh (AND I tried the doe eyes)
Hubby: Just remember Ivor, I am NOT stopping now, we are late.
Lifeshighway: (slumping down in the truck, obviously doe eyes was the wrong tactic)

In magical Ivor, the eagles will deliver your mulch straight to your car. All you have to do is tip them with their favorite pork snack.

The piglets are provided. They don't squeal much.


Cindy from Cindy's Clipboard made a road trip across the United States. I am sure they did not make the 5 day drive from Hell that haunts my dreams from childhood. A journey involving 5 yelling, sticky, bored and restless kids and one almost psychotic Mom. She made that trip with as little stopping as possible in a mad dash to Oregon. We were packed with junk food, comic books and a will to live. Trip highlights included: seeing Mom sobbing at a rest stop, running out of clothes and sharing pants to get to a bathroom, massive amounts of car sickness and sleeping in a station wagon at a public camp ground. Good Times.

Cindy comments and submits:
"Observed 2 blocks from the famous Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, SD.
A family of vultures"
Why I don't like taking naps on my back deck:

"Is she dead, yet."
"Not quite"


- 3 overly concerned vultures on my state of repose: 3 points

Subtotal: 3 points

Creativity Bonus

For the intense scrutiny given to their next meal and because they are at least polite enough to make sure I am dead before pecking my eyes out: 2 points

Total: 5 points

Bashful Buzzard one of my favorties:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Dollgate

A quiet neighborhood...
A meticulous home...
A sentry guards a secret passage...
A gate into another realm. The doll shows the way.
Do not enter her gate. You have been warned.

Diane has stumbled upon the entrance to Doll Island.

"Today's walk was not very exciting but I am impressed with the toy soldier thing made out of clay pots."

You may click on the photo to enlarge but I recommend that you do not lean in too far.

  • Adorable matching planters filled with colorful flowers: 0 points
  • Diligent and crafty Flower Pot Toy Soldier: 1 point
  • Lovely girl in purple dress with kitty: 1 point
  • And her evil clone: 1 point
  • Entry to Doll Hell disguised as a wreath but we all see the little door (don't lean in): 1 point
  • (edited due to stupidity on my part)  boy cowering behind flower pot: 1 point
Subtotal: 5 points

Creativity Bonus

For the flower pot soldier who is the sole guardian to the fortress of evil: 3 points

Total: 8 points

Least you should forget:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Collector

Birdhouse collectors are an interesting breed. As an artist, are they making a statement on the plight of homeless birds or are they creative bird watchers who find the whole watching thing much easier from their living room. Personally, if I could avoid hiking in this heat to see a few dozen birds, I would be all over that option.

ChrisJ submits:

 A few cute birdhouses. The ones on the ground I call non-functional.
 Is it cruel to have bunch of nice bird homes and then terrorize said birdies with a hungry looking owl?

  • Some kind of flat straw hat thingy: 1 point
  • Star (Texas style): 1 point
  • Star (Moravian style): 1 point
  • Birdhouse on deck (assumption is non-functional): 1 point
  • Birdhouse on stand (um... hard call): 0 points
  • Big metal flower: 1 point
  • 3 birdhouses: 0 points
  • Menacing and cruel joke owl: 1 point
Subtotal: 6 points

Creativity Bonus

Lovely home proving that no one is immune from a field reporter's roving eye but not a spectacular collection except the taunting owl: 1 point

Total: 7 points

Yeah, cause that's real nice


Brilliant Marketing Plan

In the interest of obtaining world domination one yard at a time, it is has come to my attention that I may need staff. OK, doing the math: staff + world domination = money. So after this brilliant deduction, I began pondering some money making schemes plans.

Therefore Life's Highway The Yard Art Game has decided to market a line of gnomes, I know, I know what you are thinking. But Kristi, found this excellent mold for me on EBay and I think this is just the thing to set us on our way.


He will add a spot of color in your ordinary and drab garden full of greenery, flowers and fragrant shrubbery. Come on dare to tell the world:

I'm a sadomasochist...and I'm Proud Of IT!

Anyway, it's just a thought.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Forever Winter

In North Carolina we are having a nasty swamp aired heat wave. I am not riding my horse, just hosing him off. It is not going to get cool anytime soon but I love the cold weather spirit of this yard artist.

eventer79 comments and submits:

Gidget forever waits for someone to come and help her with Sledzilla...

and I have nothing better to say

  • Poor Gidget hitched up with no hope of moving: 1 point + 1 point for dressed (harness)
  • Sledzilla looking impossibly heavy: 1 point
  • Wreath with purple bow and some kind of growth: 1 point
Subtotal: 4 points

Creativity Bonus

For the look of despair in Gidget's eye and for the enormous sled that is never moved as deduced from the  weed evidence (I watch a lot of NCIS): 3 points

Total: 7 points

If only Gidget had been driven by a sock monkey.

enjoy the cuteness:

The Crops Are Coming in Just in Time for Bridal Season

Waylandcook of The Wayland Springs Cook has open a whole new world for us: The world of Alabama crockery farming. This is indeed an auspicious moment for Life's Highway The Yard Art Game. If we could just get something from West Virgina and Mississippi all our dreams would be fulfilled. (not really but close)

Waylandcook submits:

I blame my Mom for this. If she had only told me that you could buy place setting seeds, I could have saved a lot of money and gotten way cooler wedding presents.

Plates are coming up every where... going to be a good year
Bunny enjoying the lush greenery, plates seem to be bunny proof

Nothing I hate worse than a mocking frog...

I don't know what that is but it's a pretty tin and I suspect tobacco related... plates growing like weeds
Ah see, a wild spoon seeded itself from last year's crop. Good to see the cups are coming in
I love beanie boy

  • 6 plates, a cup of marbles and a spoon: 8 points
  • Peter Rabbit: 1 point
  • Flower on a stick: 1 point
  • Non-functioning and I suspect inspirational shovel: 1 point
  • Damn frog and his mocking-ness: 1 point
  • Clock (I think that may be a first): 1 point
  • Tobacco tin: 1 point
  • Yellow rubber snake: 1 point
  • Inspirational rock challenging us to dream of yellow snakes: 1 point
  • Pink & blue house: 1 point
  • Translucent turtle: 1 point
  • Birdhouse: non-functional: 1 point
  • Charles Chips Tin(vintage? I have never seen a blue one before): 1 point
  • Sweet beanie boy: 1 point
Subtotal: 21 points

Creativity Bonus

For the place setting crop in which I suspect the marbles in the cup are seeds: 3 points

Total: 24 points

How many of you had a Charles Chips truck come to your house and deliver a giant tin of greasy chippy goodness?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Big Balls - Not Golden but We Are Getting Closer

 Diane has made a suggestion for a bravery award: There should be a BIG PAIR OF GOLDEN NUTS award!

Because we are all one big happy family. We have a suggestion....

LunaKris is trying to help us out with locating just the right kind of Nuts for our bravery award.

"Back in May, you posted something about Fred Johnson and his giant bronzed ball. I thought you might like to see these pictures of stone balls from Costa Rica. A few myths about these balls include their Atlantis origin, a special potion to soften rock invented by the locals, and the amazing notion that a single coffee bean is in the center of each ball. Juan Valdez got around! One picture is a ball taking a vacation at a New Zealand beach. Fred Johnson would be proud."
a possibility...
good choices...

this one is appealing and romantic in the surf

This might be the one... I wonder what it would cost to gild it?

You Don't Want To Get This Guy Angry

Yard Artists who choose that one special item to convey their relationship to the world provide a special challenge to the Life's Highway Field Reporter. Most reporters want the big finds and don't spend a lot of time capturing the small treasures. While playing the road game, the small finds comprise most of your scoring.

SusanH comments and submits:

Lifeshighway ~ a new way of life! I found a couple more things this weekend - even a lawn jockey that I'll submit another day.

Absolutely, I am changing the world, one reported yard at a time.

"Christmas...bah humbug"

OMG a solar Christmas Snowman! He glows in the dark. I think I would double the score for a night shot.

Score (list provided by SusanH, my comments are in red)
  • Rooster (failing miserably at hiding utility boxes) that is one pissed off cock: 1 point
  • 2 flying wizards (?) on sticks (one almost hidden behind the tree; better angle was not possible due to glaring resident) YOU TOO! everyone is getting brave: 2 points
  • Wind chime: Snow lady with baby/Snowflake/Star/Tree – looking kind of Christmas-like to me, but maybe just wintery. SusanH, what kind of negotiating is that! 1 point + 6 point holiday bonus
  • Lone June snowman (honestly, NOTHING else in this yard - pitiful) not pitiful for scoring: 1 point + 6 points holiday bonus SCORE!
Subtotal: 17 points

Creativity Bonus

For the great metal rooster who is sick and tired of looking at Christmas decorations: 2 points

Total: 19 points

Roosters may not like Christmas leftovers but we do