Views of the Neighborhood – Yard Decorations

Happy Mother’s Day

I have to admit it is a slow week in the neighborhood. The Producer did see some unusual yard decorations, so that is what the tour is all about today. We are being catered by Ten Ten of Austin. Our entertainment is The Yardbirds. (Of course)

Menu

Grilled squash, black garlic, baby spinach.

Charred hamachi kama black garlic, pickled vegetables

Sea bass miso butter, bok choy

Pork belly ssamjang, baby lettuce, pickles

Short rib Japanese bbq, shimeji

Wagyu new york strip summer squash, shiso

A5 wagyu tenderloin hatcho miso, 8oz

A5 wagyu strip shiso wasabi gremolata 14oz

A5 wagyu ribeye veal truffle demi-glace 24oz

Picture of an old time school bus

The bus is ready.

We start with a dinosaur and a frog character. (Sorry for the fuzzy photo, but it had to be taken from a distance.

A slightly tilted wind sculpture.

A full-blown windmill.

Mushrooms and lights.

A very strange headless monk. (I think monk.)

One of the more weird yard decorations. When the wind blows, there is an illusion of motion.

Another wind sculpture and some steel flowers at its base.

A glass something sitting among rocks.

Totally weird. Our favorite purple house now has aliens. Two kid aliens are taking a nap on the ground.

Back to normal. Steel sunflowers. (Yeah, they are normal)

That is the tour. I hope you have a great week. now enjoy the food and music.

99 comments

  1. What a nice morning excursion…I’m a little concerned about the alien babies. I think that l may have the monk’s head in my garage…will check after l finish my coffee. Thanks John and you guys have a nice day.πŸ€—

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    1. Have a great day, BT. Yeah, let me know about the head. Thanks. 😁

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  2. I’ll have the squash, John. I enjoyed the tour, but I’m still trying to figure out the purpose of the headless monk!

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    1. I cannot help, GP. I thought it very strange. 😳

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      1. πŸ€ͺ😏

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  3. Love the terrific displays of imagination!

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    1. Thank you, Annette. 😁

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  4. Hm, maybe the monk used to have a head.

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    1. I think he might of had one. Gotta wonder. Thanks, Vera.

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  5. Aliens and headless monks? For a minute I thought it was Halloween! Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who loves and mothers someone, including fur babies.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Happy Mother’s Day to you. 😁

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  6. Cool collection. Fuzzy or not, I think the dinosaur is my favorite.

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    1. It is very cool in person.

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  7. There must be a backstory to the headless monk. Hmm, the possibilities are endless and intriguing. πŸ˜„

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    1. I wish I knew the story. We’ll just have to make something up, I suppose. Happy Mother’s Day, Gwen. 😁

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  8. I like how the house with aliens still has jack o’lanterns out front, too.

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    1. They have a permanent Halloween display.

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  9. Hm, looks like the glass something among the rocks could be used as a head for the headless monk. You’re a good negotiator, try and put that deal together.

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    1. I like that line of thinking. Good idea, Dan.

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    2. Don’t be silly. The glass something would not work. Who are you anyway? Glass and stone don’t work. I’d like to think that the head is around somewhere. Just call me Ichabod Crane.

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      1. Okay, Ichabod. Where did you put the head?

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      2. Ah yes, the head. There is a price on the head.

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      3. If it is more than 9 bucks you can keep it.

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  10. Love the aliens. I wonder what the story is behind them. The Yardbirds are a perfect accompaniment to the Japanese bbq.

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    1. The Yardbirds was The Producer’s idea given the yard decoration theme.

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      1. Perfect! But I’ll bet only us oldtimers know the Yardbirds!

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      2. I think you are right, Noelle. 😁

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  11. As soon as I read Yardbirds, “For Your Love” started playing inside my head. With all due respect to your purple-housed neighbors, the alien display is just plain tacky.

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    1. I have to agree with the tacky, Liz. I could not believe it when I saw the display.

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      1. Do you have an HOA? Wouldn’t they frown on that sort of thing?

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      2. We don’t have an HOA. We have city codes which none of these things violate. Don’t forget we are close to Austin and the city’s unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”

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      3. OK, got it! (I think.) πŸ™‚

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  12. A very eclectic collection. Love the sunflowers, and agree the green aliens are weird.

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    1. Yes indeed. Very weird. 😁

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  13. I would like the grilled squash, please! Oh my … every day is Hallowe’en in your neighborhood! I LOVE the dinosaur & frog, the mushrooms, and even the aliens. The bicycle one … looks too much like someone I’d rather not think about! And metallic sunflowers … who knew? At least the squirrels won’t eat those! Fun trip today, John! Thanks!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Jill. Thanks for coming along. 😁

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  14. Yard art. Like some other things there is no accounting for yard art.

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    1. To each his own.

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  15. Hi John, some of these decorations are rather eccentric

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    1. Um..You think?

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  16. I love how eclectic these decorations are, John. The aliens are so unusual, the bicyclist would be fun to see when the wind blows, the headless monk is bizarre, and the mushrooms and lights are full of whimsy. Toss in the Yardbirds and it’s a great tour!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. Also thanks for letting me know. 😊

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Thank for the fun tour. The alien house cracked me up!

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    1. I have no idea where one would get a group of aliens. Thanks, Denise.

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  18. Gotta love that headless monk. I do like the cyclist.

    I’ll go with the short ribs.

    Happy Mother’s Day to the Producer.

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  19. Imaginative yard decorations, John, with some weirdness too. Nice!

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    1. Thank you, Tim. I think you have the recipe right.

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  20. The headless monk leaves one to ponder. Did it ever have a head? What happened to the head? Endless questions. But my all-time favorite is the house with the aliens. That’s a loud statement! Thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Yes more unanswered than answered questions this week. 😁

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  21. Those green aliens make no sense. Glad I don’t live next to the purple house. The headless body must have story, but then I guess the aliens have a weird story. Thanks for ending on normal flowers and providing great food! Have a good week, John. Thanks to the Producer for finding these treasures.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I guess it takes all types.

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  22. Thanks for the tour, John.
    Hey, your fave purple house has aliens, for sure.
    They are merely pretending to be yard statues.
    They are walking among us!
    They’ll have the Squash dish, please!
    πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ

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    1. I thought the same about the aliens. Every time I go by their house they have moved. Love these emojis πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ

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      1. πŸŽ¨πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒ πŸ‘½π–ƒπŸŽ¨
        We are engaged in emoji art!

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      2. You are a master. βš‡βš”οΈŽ βš‡βš”οΈŽ βš‡βš”οΈŽ βš‡βš”οΈŽ

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      3. Dahling! Pass the paint brush, please!
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      5. Ahh, a broom paint brush!
        I’ll need an 8′ x 10′ canvas to lay on the floor. I’ll roll my naked body in a tub of blue paint. Then I’ll writhe all over the canvas.
        After it dries, I’ll use the broom to sweep about other colours.
        Have you ever seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdlL3b33ruU

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      6. I have not seen the Dent video before. It is amazing. Do you need any help with the blue paint project? πŸ› πŸͺ™ πŸ› πŸͺ™ πŸ› πŸͺ™ πŸ› πŸͺ™

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      10. πŸ’‹πŸ§’β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ¦‹β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ«β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ³β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸŒΉ

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      11. πŸŒΉπŸ’‹πŸ§’β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ¦‹β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ«β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ³β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸŒΉ

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      12. πŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸ’‹πŸ§’β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ¦‹β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ«β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸ³β¨ΆπŸ§ΉπŸŒΉ +Blue paint

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      13. LOL!
        I take it there is no blue paint emoji out there.
        Well, we’ll just have to make do!
        πŸ’™ ~ πŸ₯§ – e & 🐜
        πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

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      14. There is no nude or blue paint emoji so I guess the πŸ’™ ~ πŸ₯§ – e & 🐜 will have to be blue paint. Still working on the other.
        πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

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      15. πŸ’™ πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚ πŸ’™

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      16. πŸ’™ πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚ πŸ’™ 😊

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      17. βš™οΈβš’ βš™οΈβš’ βš™οΈβš’ βš™οΈβš’

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      18. 😁X 😁X 😁X 😁X

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  23. Your neighbour is taking a turn for the worse, John. Is there something in the water? Too many Thursdays?

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    1. See what happens when you allow too much freedom of expression. (and easy access to margaritas)

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  24. Well now… Those aliens are disconcerting – don’t even try to blend in with the natives! It was enough for one to lose his head! I do love me the ‘shrooms, though…
    Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Happy Sunday to you. πŸ€—

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      1. πŸ€—

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  25. I think I like the sunflowers the best…guess I’m boring. πŸ™‚

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    1. You have good taste. Thanks, Jill.

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  26. There are some seriously creative decorations in your neighborhood, John. I’m thinking you should interview the people who live in the purple house for your blog.

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    1. I should interview them. Thanks, Teri.

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  27. The menu sounds yummy, John, and the dinosaur and frog are a bit quirky, but the aliens, well, they’re something else, aren’t they? πŸ™‚

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    1. The aliens are something for sure, Lauren. 😁

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  28. Those are some strange decorations! Aliens standing guard over the entrance with kid aliens on the ground? That headless monk? The dinosaur and frog? That weird bicycle thing? Well, to each his own, I guess. At least, now I have an appreciation for my own neighbors, ha!

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    1. Yes our neighbors do have some quirks for sure.

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  29. Fantastic finds John. And my mouth was watering at that miso seabass πŸ™‚

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    1. I had my eye on it too. 😁

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      1. I hope you saved me some, lol πŸ™‚

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      2. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael. 😁

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  30. Thanks for sharing these great insights. What a very artistic community you have. Living there must be a great pleasure. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Yes there are many eccentrics here. 😁

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  31. That was a clever yard decoration with the biker. And hey! It reminds me of my running . . when the wind blows, it also gives the illusion of motion . . .

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    1. 😁 Good one

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      1. True as well

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