15th Annual Community Water-Wise Awards .. Do I have a chance?

 Today I entered a contest.. 
Tampa Bay Water is accepting applications for the 15th Annual Community Water-Wise Awards program. If your yard incorporates Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles with attractive design, it may have what it takes to win! The application is online at and must be received by June 30, 2013.
If you are a resident, business, builder or other organization in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey, you are eligible to apply!
 For the past 9 years I've been working so hard to get this yard "Florida Friendly"
When I first moved in it was a messy slope and every time the rains came it would wash the soil down into the creek.  The only way I could see saving the soil was to create barriers of brick pavers and as much ground cover as I could.  Well I think I've finally achieved this with  many plantings that created roots to stop the erosion.  I also now do not need as much water to keep it all alive.
The contest asked for only one photo so I hope this collage is ok because it's the one I sent?
I do think I have a good chance because I went into their past winners and I can see I'm right in there.
What do you think? Please be honest with me because I'll be chewing my nails until it's over. 
I sent in my application today although I have a few months before they will send out someone to walk my yard (July)... (that is a good thing because I can still add a few things to make it even better).... The Prize is a simple stepping stone for my yard and that would really make me happy because it's acknowledging my hard work. 

Wish me luck!

 I'm linking up to
Outdoor Wednesday 
Share Your Cup Thursday 
Tuesdays Garden Party 


Garage Sale Pitcher and Vase... for the bathroom?

This past Saturday I found two sweet little vases.  Well one is a pitcher but they both will be nice with some kind of flowers in them.  I thought the white would work on a shelf in my newly painted bathroom but then when I saw the blue one... it just looked better.
Each of these cost me all of a dollar.  So I splurged and bought some silk daisy's from Michaels.

 The paint color I bought for the walls  said "Billowy Down" so why is it looking blue? Must be the light and the camera because when I'm in the bathroom it looks white?
I'm not sure what to put on the opposite wall.... will have to venture through Home Goods next week.  Maybe 4 prints to go over the tub?  Floral or something?
You may notice the hand towel hanging on the hook under the shelf.. it's one of my moms.  She has been gone almost 17 years now and this old ratty towel hangs in my bathroom no matter where I am... brings me joy just to see it. 

Oh I hate the color of the tub!  Really!
My plan, in a few weeks,  I will get the paint and finish tub and tile in white.  I want that  "Old French Farmhouse" look in this bathroom and It will happen eventually. But for now it looks so empty.
The counter top is making me so happy now that it's not the ugly yellow laminate.  My plan to add another sink to this rather large vanity was put on hold since the budget is laughing at me.... so it will only get a new fancy faucet.  I've been doing research on how to install the new faucet.  Wish me luck with this!
(now this photo, the walls look green?  take my word for it, their white)

Rain is on the way.  Our rainy season is coming early.  That means storms each afternoon for the next few months.  I just love our loud stormy afternoons.  My garden loves it too!

Leave it to Pinterest to make ya feel dumb...Peeling An Orange, Like A Boss. Cut or pull the top and bottom circles from the orange/tangerine. Then slit between two sections and roll it out. MIND BLOWN.

Have a wonderful week everyone because 
I sure am. 

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