Saturday, July 31, 2010

Stalking Angels

Hey, Tufa Girl here, guest blogging for Life's Highway while she is on a much needed getaway. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a yard that I regularly like to stalk.

This is the original posting called Mixed Media back in October last year:

One red heart at the front door - Valentine's Day must not be a favored holiday:

My sweetie and I drove by before July 4th to view the yard in full red white and blue glory. Alas, did not get the photo since the owners were sitting on the porch drinking their coffee. I did, however, score with a yard down the street - if you remember "Busted"?

One thing I have learned in stalking the perfect yard art specimen is to pick a time when it is too hot for folks to be walking around outside.

So, during the steamy heat of the day, today:

I was envisioning the yard with no holiday splendor (although this is much less than July 4th), I guess the flags are appropriate until Labor Day.

Speaking of stalking... watch the tilt to this kitten's face. Spooky!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Take it Away Lauren

Lauren is just going to do my work for me today. Enjoy everyone:

I had a 3 week online class this summer, and our class met
face-to-face two days in lovely Sheldon, Iowa. The first time I drove
through town, earlier this month, I totally do not remember seeing
this glorious smorgasbord, this plethora of krazy kitsch, this yard
art utopia mecca extravaganza.

Famous Brand

Come on Down! Yard Art N More!

Where you too can have all varieties of mama pig... bright red, black
and white polka dot, black with white stripe, and plain white.
Assorted wishing wells. Bikes n signs! Chairs n grills! A very shy
deer, ssshhhh, don't scare 'em. We got all sorts of smoochy Dutch
couples, in six different varieties. We got birdbath toppers, with
tall and short bottoms available in silver, rock, and whitewash. Boys
of various hair colors peeking over mysterious somethings, maybe even
at scantily dressed bathing ladies? Voyeuristic little fishing boys
sans poles. Sleeping kitties and hubcaps! The proverbial Doggie in the
Window. Whatever your yard style, we got what'cha' need. Come on Down,
and pick yer pleasure!
We offer delectably speedy delivery on our trusty trike & wagon.

That very same day I found this little Cats and Birds vignette by a
house when I took a wrong turn going through some construction.

The kitty thought she could lure the neighbor birds into the Kitty
Condo. They weren't having any of that!

Lauren is pretty good at this. Maybe I do want one of those smoochy Dutch couples.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Going on Vacation

It's vacation time at Along Life's Highway. I leave today for 4 days of camping with hubby, friends and horses. The Yard Art Game will be running on autopilot. The entries are scheduled to published in the morning. Don't be hurt if I do not respond to your witty responses because I do not know if I have cell coverage at South Mountain.  If not, I'll will catch back up on the action on Sunday evening.

To kick off my first day of freedom: a gift for the eyes and spirit submitted by eventer79

"That's right, FOUR tiers, fully painted and with, uh, lucky magic orb? at the tippy top!"

squee! A 4-decker Carolina blue striped seahorse birdbath in mint condition

  • Seahorse birdbath of rarefied beauty and culture: 3 points
  • Completely unnecessary garden globe topper: 1 point
Subtotal: 4 points

Creativity Bonus

For the lovely gift whose paint job is stunning with the seahorses looking quite fetching with their little black noses (not that I am biased or anything): 3 points

Total: 7 points

I know you will miss my creative typos and cringe inducing misspellings. Scores will be added on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

State Pride

I continue to be amused at the ardor and the devotion of a Texan for their state symbol. I live in North Carolina and you don't see a black tarry foot printed on every possible surface. I think South Carolina is fairly excited about the Palmetto tree but I don't, as of yet, see in their yard art. Perhaps it has to do with what your state symbol is. I can only get so excited about a foot.

Tufa Girl submits:

by golly, they managed to get a Texas star on a windmill

  • Non-functioning Texan windmill: 1 point
  • Birdhouse (functional but very cute): 0 points
  • Birdbath with bathing brown duck: 2 points
Subtotal: 3 points

Creativity Bonus

Other than the star on the tail of the windmill, nothing is particularly exciting. Perhaps I should slap some feet on random things around my house: 0 points

Total: 3 points

Rubber Duckie having his bath (I love this song and so do you)


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Miracle of Lights

We have a special occasion today. Today we have documented proof of a lighthouse that lights!

Winnie comments and submits:

"we were driving back-roads today

A LIGHTED huge lighthouse with a Madonna worshiping? two pink flamingos. Some sort of fountain is beside the deck."

Madonna is sighted at local tourist attraction... film at eleven

  • Lighthouse all aglow in the presence of Mary: 1 point
  • Madonna on a beach vacation: 0 points
  • Flamingos who are known to appear at random Madonna sightings: 2 points
  • Blurry fountain: 1 point
Subtotal: 4 points

Creativity Bonus

For a Madonna and her pink gang sight-seeing at the local lighthouse and the comfort of knowing there will be no tiny ship wrecks upon the shore of the neighborhood tonight: 3 points

Total: 7 points

You know what else lights up:

Just a reminder... drawing Monday, August 2. Just comment at Life's Highway one time this week and you are entered to win.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pool Side - Frogger Holiday

Yard Art field reporters are an eclectic group. We have photographers, horticulturists, uber-crafters, college professors (yeah, I know!), biologists, office workers and police officers (to name a few). Now we have a FreakSmack who has been quietly following along with a random comment or two. I don't know what he does, he is more of a mystery guy who I thought was too cool for us. But hey, when the yard art calls... you have to answer.

FreakSmack comments and submits:

"Although there were many things the majority were frogs. These people also use the toys as yard art, the bed on the Tonka truck hasn't been lowered in 5 years that I know of. They have no children under the age of 22. So they are not there to be played with."

Winnie the Pooh has finally stopped by for a visit. He seems to be the master of this frog kingdom.

I suspect our new field reporter lives in Florida. Another first, our first pool yard. Enjoy another his heart-felt presentation:

  • Couple in swing by the pool: 1 point
  • Frog who lost his ball: 1 point
  • Dog ignoring the Tiger: 1 point
  • Tiger who has a lot of say to the dog: 1 point
  • Cat caught in the middle: 1 point
  • race car (kind of cool): 1 point
  • 2 Frogs: 2 points
  • Winnie the Pooh birdbath (our first Winnie!): 1 point
  • 2 more frogs: 2 points
  • Mr Toad mellowing out with his buddy Winnie: 1 point
  • Frog welcome sign (well that explains the frogs): 1 point
  • Cute turtle: 1 point
  • Another frog: 1 point
  • Plate boy: 1 point
  • Oddly shaped watering can (decorative): 1 point
  • Stag (indigent by all the frogs): 1 point
  • Plump frog (as opposed to all the other frogs): 1 point
  • People under a umbrella: 1 point
  • Egret: 1 point
  • 2 frogs on the edge: 2 points
  • Tonka Truck who needs an oil can: 1 point
  • 7 additional frogs: 7 points
  • Decorative rock in tree? (not sure what the decoration is): 1 point
  • Winnie the Pooh (squee, sorry FreakSmack): 1 point
  • 2 large Scary frogs in an alcove playing what looks to be a grill: 1 point
Subtotal: 33 points

Creativity Bonus

For highly decorated patio of frogs and because the yard artist is a Pooh fan: 3 points.

Total: 37 points

Frogger - you know you loved Atari....

Judging a restaurant by its yard art

omyword of Oh My Word Did I Say That describes herself as "independently un-wealthy and living for a little while in Paris".  I will not be jealous. Just because I live in the great state of North Carolina and the only culture I see is the occasional seahorse birdbath is no reason to be bitter.

omyword comments and submits:

"Thought I'd send you two picks from the front yard of a terrible restaurant called l'etape de la valle ( in Pacy sur Eure in France. When I saw these maidens, I sensed, at a deep level, that our lunch would be crap. But we ate there anyway and...our lunch was crap."

Ah man, she lives in Paris, seems really cool and she is psychic!

I have found that establishments featuring naked women rarely have great food, but then I do live in the South.
"It will be OK Diane, No one notices that YOU are naked. Someone has to be the ugly friend"
"I seriously hate you guys"

No points for public art but I look forward to what she may find in the French countryside.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mr. Moretti Carries A Powerful Wallop

CTWD submits:

A twin swan birdbath cannot hold up to the power of Mr. Moretti. Only the strength of a seahorse birdbath can support his malty beer goodness.

  • Broken swan birdbath: 2 points
  • Moretti on vacation: 0 points
Subtotal: 2 points

Creativity Bonus

For collapsing of the left swan from the strain of a beer on summer break: 1 point

Total: 3 points

I think this may be CTWD's Dad...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Public Displays of Affection

A pastoral day at the park.  The grass is green, the bench is inviting the rose is more or less growing. Then you notice them...have you ever noticed that there is always one couple at the park who cannot grasp the concept of taking their youth lust indoors?

Diane comments and submits:

"this is a pretty lame pic but the kids to the right are disturbing!"

"Don't look at them Mr. Rabbit... let's just keeping reading this story"
  • Alice reading her book to the White Rabbit: 2 points
  • Pineapple birdbath: 1 point
  • Cardinal ignoring the lustful couple: 1 point 
  • Disturbing kids and/or cherubs which is wrong on some many levels: 1 point
  • Bench on mini patio: 0 points
Subtotal: 5 points

Creativity Bonus

The couple creeps me out but the miniature bench patio is entertaining: 1 point

Total: 6 points

Give Away to Launch Our New Fancy Blog Address

In my journey to find the greatest and most awe inspiring works of yard art I have discovered a fatal flaw. I have always had this flaw but I did not think it would spill over into the game.

 Here is it: I am easily amused by shiny sparkling things. Think on this: why the manatee because she is golden! Why the disco balls of bravery because they are shiny and reflect light. It is only fitting that to launch my new address:, I share my love of the sparkly with you.

I received my shipment of the Solar Glo Stix:

As you can see there are two of them. The bubbles don't bubble :( They are set in the plastic but other than that they live up to their advertised awesomeness. There are two and you can have the other. Sorry I had to keep one. All you have to do it comment during this week. I will draw from the names of all who commented on Monday, August 2. It is that easy, you have a week to get around and say something. Good luck.

Don't believe the wonderful-ness? Watch my inspiring video... better get a hanky...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Walking The Line

Some yard artist arrange their collections in a circular grouping, others like the cluster effect and of course there are those few who like to line their prizes up like little soldiers.

Westexherps submits:

"Alright troops let's keep that line straight... Hen face forward and Rabbit, stop slouching" 

  • Awesome block fort: 0 points
  • Rooster with authority on his cinder block of power: 1 point
  • Disgruntled Hen and chicks (sympathetic to the poor bunny): 3 points
  • Beaten down and cowering rabbit: 1 point
  • Short and stubby... on display with the rest of the troops (birdbath base): 2 points
  • Destroyed table: 0 points (should have stayed on the wall)
Subtotal: 7 points

Creativity  Bonus

For the rooster crowing and shouting orders on his seat of power: 2 points

Total: 9 points

Oh ... I'm beginning to see what is bugging the rooster

Huddled Tired Masses

One day I want to be bold enough, to have so much courage and don't-give-a-damness to place a giant Statue of Liberty in my front yard. One day I may aspire to have my neighbors hate me. I think I would make a great crazy lady.

eventer79 comments and submits:

"Why not welcome the huddled masses in your own front yard? If they are drunk, they will even think the statue is straight."

Enjoy the show:

Score (list provided by eventer79, my comments are in red)
  • Lion guarding white orb (not really garden globes just white balls): 2 points
  • Pony mourning his wrecked cart (and wrecked tail): 2 points
  • Rusty windmill: 1 point
  • Metal rooster: 1 point
  • Eagle on white globe (more white balls) 2 points
  • White landscaping timber basket sitting in birdbath - I guess they didn't really want birds in there: guess not: 2 points
  • White concrete orb: (beginning to see a pattern): 1 point
  • 4 Concrete flower baskets: 4 points
  • White orb on porch: 1 point
  • Clay cardinal on mailbox pole (cute): 1 point
  • 2 birds on ground at base: 2 points
  • Chinese pagoda (leaning tower of China): 1 point
  • 2 swans: 2 points
  • Menorahs in windows (inside... dang it!): 0 points
  • Pagoda #2 (more leaning): 1 point
  • Xmas lights thrown on tree (a giant white spider web, like all the lights were on the house and then dumped on the tree and they never actually finished putting them away): 1 + 7 points
  • Cherub in the bushes: 1 point
  • Duck in the weeds: 1 point
  • 2 giant gnomes on address bench (I knew you would go for that but those are not gnomes): 2 points
  • Leaning statue of liberty (awesome): 1 point
  • Owl: 1 point
  • Leaning goose in planter (everyone's a bit tipsy here): 1 point
  • Fat guy with a red hat: 1 point
  • Another cherub: 1 point
  • 2 black swans: 2 points
  • 4 tier fountain with decorative duck (they ran out of gold paint, tsk... that is just lazy. Love the duck though): 2 points
  • 2nd lion with another orb and pointless fence: (randomly placed fence): 2 points
  • 3 geese: 3 points
  • 2 deer: 2 points
Subtotal: 51 points

Creativity Bonus

For the great visionary artist who not only displays a statue of liberty but also a gigantic almost gold fountain yet never manages to put away the Christmas lights: 4 points

Total: 55 points

Manatee also aspires to be a crazy neighbor

She would totally ruin our holiday bonus program:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Gauntlet Was Thrown

The time had come. The batte lines were drawn. Sir Bronze Knight challenged Farmer "Fancy Tractor" to a dual of honor. Farmer Bob had made one too many cracks about Sir Knight's tiny Flail. One does not kid a man about the size of his flail.

Farmer Bob moves away 50 paces (or the length of the shrubbery bed, which every is shorter)

Tension fills the air...

Sir Bronze Knight gets his shield and tiny flail at ready

"Oh sorry... Sir Bronze Knight stands poised with his massive mighty weapon"

Winnie submits:

  • Bronzed Knight with his chain mail all up in a twist: 1 point
  • Farmer Bob on a fancy whirligig tractor (over compensate much?): 1 point
Subtotal: 2 points

Creativity Bonus

For two fragile male egos and a total awesome and yet totally unrelated pairing of yard art: 4 points

Total: 6 points

Winnie, you have been inducted into the Royal Order of the Golden Manatee

The tale of Sir Robin:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let's Be Careful Out There

Am I going to have to build a slush fund to post bail? Because if I do, let me know now. Selling a few measly t-shirts is not going to go very far.

Kristi comments and submits:

"No one seemed to be at home,so I went for it.

Lions in mirror are closer than they appear.
I think he has the dry heaves."

um Kristi, you appear to be in the driveway:

Priceless explanation follows (my comments are in red):

I had my alibi all planned.
Z was curled into the fetal position behind the wheel
slowly rocking back and forth muttering "we're gonna die "  can't say that I blame the man

I figured if anyone was home and saw us, they went to the kitchen to put another couple of cups of water in the soup. somehow this makes sense...

My official spiel is as follows:
" I am a Field Reporter for a national internet site pertaining to
unusual lawn decorations"   Very flattering good thing you were going to leave out the actual size of the national internet site

If necessary, I follow that with " Please don't shoot my ass "   In these cases, begging may help

  • One Lion fountain with the dry heaves (aren't those the worst): 1 point
Subtotal: 1 point

Creativity Bonus

The poor lion's head barely fits through the portal, perhaps he is gagging. Someone give that lion some water: 1 point

Total: 2 points
Kristi, you earned it...

All kidding aside, stay on the streets and sidewalks folks.

Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Sometimes, I am stumped, completely bewildered at the message the yard artist is trying to tell me. Why do they love yellow ribbons and bunnies? Perhaps the Rabbits are having a wedding.

Beth submits:

 Score (list provide by Beth, my comments are in red)
  • birdbath with flower basket topper, planted with grassy stuff (I think that is decorative cauliflower but I could be wrong): 2 points
  • 2 bunnies dressed in yellow bows to match front door frou-frou ribbon: 2 point rabbits + 2 points dressed
  • little girl sitting on fence (banished, banished without a bow...): 1 point
  • bunny with bow: 2 points
  • 2 stacked birdbaths with couple under umbrella (or is this a fountain that isn’t working): 2 points
  • child with bow (bridal party): 2 points
  • bowless bunny (must be a toddler refusing to wear the matching bow for the family photos)(probably an out of favor cousin): 1 point
  • front door frou-frou ribbon (look's like it was torn off a brides maid dress I had to wear for a sister in law. Yes it was yellow, yes it had tiers of ribbons): 1 point
  • mildly attractive wreath (ah ha ha): 1 point
Subtotal: 16 points

Creativity Bonus

For a rabbit wedding or Tony Orlando fan: 2 points

Total: 18 points

70's TV goodness. Check out Tony's shoes:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Brother Bretrayal

When DeanG finally succumbed to the call of Life's Highway she was not above turning in her own brother.  I've always liked her.

DeanG comments and submits:

My poor family... (yeah yeah, you turned your brother in or more accurately your sister-in-law)
UNC Gnome !
2 frogs on a bench - and the rock behind them - they PAID to have it put there! Orbs, gazing balls - do the decorative holders count any? ducks & turtles (yes they do count)
dog windmill / weather vane
do "dead" (fallen over) objects count any more?  (interesting concept but accurately they are more entertaining) "rocks" with words (yeah we count those)
decorative stepping stones (um, I don't count those)

(trying this new format for yard where a lot of pics are submitted... comments?)

  • UNC gnome (you can sent them to school but they you can't take the wild out of them): 4 points
  • Courting frogs on bench: 3 points
  • Bunny: 1 point
  • 2 mine gazing globes one is in the tree's belly button: 2 points
  • Duck: 1 point
  • 5 other random blue things: 5 points (note to self, I don't like verdigris things, too hard to identify)
  • Blue butterfly (I figured this one out): 1 point
  • Dog weathervan: 0 points (functional
  • Duck and mini Falcor: 1 point
  • Dog stepping stone: 0 points (functional)
  • Pagoda: 1 point
  • Friend stepping stone (looks like it glows in the dark): 0 points
  • Dragonfly stepping stone: 0 points
  • 2 moons on a stick (one glows in the dark!): 2 points
Subtotal: 21 points

Creativity Bonus

A lot of verdigris whatnots that manage to look somewhat tasteful... what is the fun with that. Well except that you sold out your family... that is pretty awesome: 2 points

Total: 23 points

You broke my heart....

Golden Fortress

If I had a golden fence. One with spiked finials and swirls and ornate do-dads what would I keep behind such a glorious barrier? Probably not rocks.

ChrisJ comments and submits:

"There really is very little yard art in our neighborhood, so this stands out - the French Canadian voyageur guarding his wooden deer in the rock fountain, behind the palace fence."

OK OK, I ADMIT IT.... I had to Google "French Canadian Voyageur". I had no idea what one would look like.
But obviously they are very important and keep deer as pets

  • Explorer living behind the palace walls: 1 point
  • Deer who has obviously eaten all the shrubbery: 1 point
  • Rock fountain (rugged, I wonder if it is lit at night): 0 points
  • String of lights on the golden fence (because gilding is not quite festive enough): 0 points
Subtotal: 2 points

Creativity Bonus

For the fancy fancy fencing: 1 point

Total: 3 points

What would you keep behind a golden wall?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Danger Is Not A Requirement - It's Just Entertaining

Lemon Verbena Lady of Lemon Verbena Lady's Herb Garden comments and submits:

"Here is my first submission. I was at my friend's house and garden and she had these lined up and I couldn't resist taking a photo. Will add more danger next time! Got to start somewhere!"

Did you ever notice that when you wait for rain it never comes?

"It's going to take forever to drown him at this rate"
"Yeah, let's try something else"

Score (list provided by LVL, my comments are in red)
  • Frog rain gauge (water torture tube): 1 point
  • Angel with head on knees (I'm calling  bored cherubs): 1 point
  • Angel reclining with head in hands (even more bored): 1 point
  • Angel with crossed legs (supremely bored): 1 point
  • Shell on stand (I think and I was there and I don't remember!) (no points for shells, sorry): 0 points
Subtotal:  4 points

Creativity Bonus

For three cherubs up to no good and the poor frog who is their source of entertainment: 2 points

Total: 6 points

Little Rascals

Christmas in July - Ric Rac Style

I don't know what it is about July, but Christmas decorations always have a way of revealing themselves in the summer. I surmise by Fall, the homeowners are dragging out their scarecrows and such and get motivated to put the stuff away. But during the hot days of summer, holiday bonuses are ripe for the pickin'.

Tufa Girl submits:

I'm feeling dizzy... must not have a seizure...
There you are, poor little reindeer behind all that zig zagging
ahhhh, relief for the eyes and soul

Score (List provided by Tufa Girl, my comments are in red)

  •  10+ wind chimes (that could drive you crazy) (no, I am pretty sure the fencing would drive me crazy): 10 points
  • 2 pink flamingos (one toppled over in the heat, I'm guessing): 2 points
  • Windmill (just in case you can't hear the wind chimes) (or the fence screaming at you): 1 point
  • Texas shaped ornament in front of terracotta pot (of course): 1 point
  • Birdhouse? (in front of blue thingy): 0 points
  • White wire reindeer and sleigh (holiday points!!) 2 + 14 points
  • Snowflake hangy thingy by doorway: 1 + 7 points (I cannot count it but should mention the snowflake stickers on the door)
  • Magnificent seahorse birdbath (under magnificent crepe myrtle) (double decker kitsch goodness): 3 points
Subtotal: 40 points

Creativity Bonus

For the horrendous fence decoration and the reindeer trapped behind it: 2 points

Total: 42 points

In Norway its the reindeer who eat your flowers...

The Cat Takes Her Revenge

The cat and gnomes wars continue to rage.  In this household gnomes are in retreat.

Diane comments and submits:

"you gotta love a gnome in a tree! the last one is blurry because the dog started barking so i took off. "

These are close shots ... I assume Diane has a telephoto lens

Gnome peeping behind the fern. Why is he afraid?

Ah ....I see, a pissed off cat who
stuffed Fred in a tree (This is my favorite photo of the year, so far)
Pan stays out of it, grateful that he has his pipe.

  • Mushroom cluster: 1 point
  • Swan: 1 point
  • Tea kettle (I am assuming it is no longer making tea): 1 point
  • Cute tiny donkey and cart (teeny kitsch): 3 points
  • Ent: 1 point
  • Hiding garden gnome (some are cowards): 4 points
  • Pink watering can: 0 points
  • Cat with an attitude: 1 point
  • Mortified gnome jammed into tree: 4 points
  • Pan gripping his pipe on pedestal: 2 points
Subtotal: 18 points

Creativity Bonus

For poor Fred stuffed in a tree: 4 points

Total: 22 points

Manatee is a little afraid of the pissed off cat

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nerves of Steel

SusanH is a redhead. I knew redheads were magical for the most part. What I didn't know is that they have balls of gold.

SusanH comments and submits:

"Once again, just down the road from where I grew up and I've never noticed this until recently.
I'm not going to say how many times I drove by and stopped for pictures, but I think the guy who lives there was counting."

I’m having a blast!  …I really need a better telephoto lens.  For safety reasons."

yard art crime tape:

at this point I would be concerned....
A lot of windows facing the road...someone is looking out

Big ol' picture windows ... someone is moving toward the door
Spotted... and OMG, she took another picture

Score (list provided by SusanH, my comments are in red and really not needed)
  • Windmill (non-functional): 1 point
  • Gnome guarding the door: 4 points
  • Boy pushing girl in wagon: 1 point
  • Bunny on milk can: 2 point
  • Boy fishing with dog: 1 point
  • Frog on broken bird bath stand: 3 points
  • 2 Gnomes: 8 points
  • Pagoda: 1 point
  • Tree limb statue with swing holding a girl and headless boy (oh sorry, I am too engrossed by the drama unfolding in the window... you were saying): 1 point
  • Stump statue with bird, gnome, and something unidentifiable: 6 points
  • Gnome beside stump statue (I have real stumps, other people buy them... go figure): 5 points
  • Blue lantern: 1 point
  • Man exiting house (is citizen’s arrest a real thing???) (not sure, but I would not turn off my car when I am taking pictures): 0 points
Subtotal: 34 points

Creativity Bonus

Nice collection of gnomes and various... oh never mind... blow up the pictures and watch the inhabitants: 3 points

Total: 37 points

Wear it with honor