Tuesday, April 3, 2012


BY SKEETER Tina: I am going to dedicate this post to you girl...
I have decided it is time to start getting rid of things we no longer use. These bags have been in a storage closet for the past 12 years! What is inside you may ask?
His and hers bowling balls! Not used since we left Germany and no longer belong to a bowling league. We joined the league to have fun but we found that most bowlers took the game way more serious then us so we decided this sport was not for us. One can hardly bowl now unless on a league as they take up all the alley times. Bummer...
I found this Gazing Ball stand for only $7.00 and thought what a bargain! As soon as I picked it up, I knew what I was going to do with this stand.
My beautiful Gray toned ball was proudly sitting on top. I had a spot picked out for the ball in my Georgia Gardens and when ready to place it, I notice one weld had separated. I don't know if this was due to the weight of the ball or if I had purchased it like that but I knew it was not made for anything this heavy. So back to the store the stand went. They gladly gave me a store credit. I love the Christmas Tree Shops!
I came up with Plan B... I took an old broken Birdbath, put the Saints old ball in the middle and planted small cactus type plants around it.
I am now doing a double recycle with finding a use for an old birdbath and an old bowling ball!
Can you believe that when I got the bowling balls out the Saint said, "Lets go Bowling" After 12 years in the closet, I find a purpose for them and he wants to go bowling. Ha, I told him that it has been so long that I doubt either of us could keep the ball out of the gutter.
I put this creation on the porch since I have had luck with cactus type plants here in the past. Plus, I think it will make for some pretty good conversation while rocking away on the porch.
Later on, I found some rocks in my craft pile in the storage closet. I added them and think that this little garden is now complete. I have yet to snap a picture of the gray ball as it has also found a spot to call home. Well, for now as it may be moved in time. Do you like my BALLS, In the Garden...

PS. I just wanted to share with you a list the Saint and I tackled just on Sunday...

The Saint:
Pressure Wash by grill.
Pressure Wash Stepping stones from house to patio.
Pressure Wash by back door area.
Pressure Wash Slabs on East and West sides of house by the Water Faucets.
Pressure Wash all birdbaths.
Pressure Wash Brick Entry to house.
Hose Spray House Siding and give extra care to the Sun-room windows.
Paint Patio Table.
Paint Iron on Bench.
Stain wood on Bench.
Stain a new trellis.
Clean Chairs by Shed.
Dig up a dead tree.
Plant two Bridal Wreath Saplings I dug up.
Attach Garden Hose to East Side of house faucet.

Skeeters List:
Weed, dig out dirt and Mulch by Lilies in Semi-Formal Garden.
Finish spreading Pine Straw in Butterfly Bush island.
Embed Bricks into ground for path to Bench site.
Dig out dead Hydrangea.
Remove old pine mulch and leaf debris on East Side of house.
Scatter old debris in the front woods area.
Clean all tools, both shovel's, garden rake, leaf rake, Hand tools, etc.
Clean all plant pots for storage and recycling.
This was what was on my list. I did countless other things in between this and that task.
I am proud to say the Saint did every thing that was put on his list! I am so proud of that man as he worked his rump off for me! I think the trick is to make him a list as Saturday, he seem to keep disappearing on me without a list to tackle. He was busy visiting with this one and that one in the neighborhood. I will remember to make him a list in the future. Hee hee....

Words and Photos Property of In the Garden Blog Team, In the Garden


  1. We have a bowling ball (or 3) in our yard, too. I like yours in the bird bath!

    Lists are wonderful things, aren't they! Congratulations on all you and The Saint accomplished.

    1. Thanks Rebecca, things are so much better when you have a list. Just do a task and check it off the list and move on. No second guessing what should be done next. I should know better then to just wing it when I have so much to do with a deadline....

  2. The balls look great! I'm surprised the Saint is going for them but hey, maybe he has mellowed a bit??? I miss bowling as I so loved it and also bowled in Germany. It would be nice for you two to go bowling. We sometimes go here on base. It's very relaxing but yup, bowling is a sport most folks wish to win. I can see that! Wow, what a list! So glad you guys are busy! Have fun with the company!

  3. Thanks for the dedication-I'm honored for sure. A little smile and fun never hurt anyone for sure.

    1. I am glad you enjoy it Tina! And guess what? The Saint loves this bowling ball and on the front porch of all places. He has not made one Redneck comment about this one.... LOL...

  4. Things are falling into place and I am just about ready for company to arrive tomorrow! Had some rain over night and I am so happy that I dont have to go outside and water anything today!

    Now off to exchange new sheets that I am not happy about... Grrrr, what ever happen to just cotton sheets??? Change of New and Improved stinks at times....

    Everyone have a great day!

  5. pamela245@juno.comApril 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Roxanne you are so creative! This was s great way to recycle items you don't use & a broken one!

  6. So clever! I love the "double recycle" and am, truth to tell, awfully intimidated by what y'all accomplished on the weekend!

  7. I do like the ball in the planting in the old birdbath. You all were very busy!!

  8. The bowling ball garden looks great! and me thinks I should right a list for my hubby....

  9. Oh my goodness I am all worn out and need a nap from reading those lists!! A lot was done in just 1 day. You "kids" make me green with envy. But then again, the "golden Years" are not so bad.

    I love the bird bath creation. In my humble opinion it was okay but after the rocks were added it just pops, magnificently so!!

  10. What a great idea! Makes me want to clean out my closet! Well, not really, but almost! ;) Very impressive lists of chores done, too! Makes me tired just reading all you got accomplished!

  11. You accomplished a lot. My Saturday list didn't get done. We kept running into problems.
    Love your reuse of the bowling balls.

  12. Skeeter,
    Great re purposing those balls. You guys were busy over the weekend. Meg's help in the yard was no so much. I got out at 9 am, she was on the phone til 11am, then helped til lunch. Then found a way out of most or the days work. Your welcome to come help me anytime.

  13. Way to go Skeeter. But boy am I tired from all you guys got done. My projects were small in comparison. GGS's got a bowling ball for me so it's in my Rose Garden. Thank goodness that garden is finished.

  14. Hey,

    Love the blog, you def have a new follower.

    I was wondering if you knew what kind of plants are good for heavily shaded gardens? we have a tiny tiny city garden, but it is surrounded by big oak trees which i suspect are sucking the life out of everything, couple that with it not getting an ounce of sun and me being a complete novice, i've no idea what to plant in there, everything from last year died.

    thanks for your help!!


  15. Yesmam bowlers are a breed of their own. My mom travelled the country bowling when she was alive. I like what you have done with the ball and the bird bath. Hmm, wonder what happened to the other one? Some chore lists!

  16. Skeeter, what is the plant on the back left of the ball? I brought one like that back from NC yrs ago but, alas, the winter got it this yr.

  17. Love your new planter, Skeeter! Several years ago I sold an old bowling ball of my son's at a garage sale--it was a pretty shade of burgundy, too. I've been kicking myself ever since:)