Well, it's summer! Not summer hot, but summer lazy. I have let Noah lounge in his jammies late into the day all week. But today, we were up and at em' fairly early to go to the library. I used to take my children to the library ALL the time. They all loved to go and check out books. I have always loved to go to the library. Our library has a fantastic used book store too. I have bought many books there over the years. And donated my fair share also. But first we went to the kids area to look for Choo Choo Train books for Noah. We found several of those, and several others. Then, once he had some things to look at, he went with me to the used book store for my search. I never leave this place empty handed. And today did not disappoint. I got a gorgeous book on garden style porches. The photos were just beautiful. I will look at it again and again, I am sure. After a quick drive thru at our favorite place for Mexican food, we ate our lunch outside on the back patio, then moved to our new cozy spot underneath the big umbrella in comfy seats. It was a wee bit chilly in the shade, so Noah got comfy underneath a blanket, and got busy with his new books, and I, with mine. (I do not wear my Crocs out and about, mind you, but these are at every door, and I slip them on to go outside, and I LOVE them!)
A couple of the books we got for Noah were about chickens. This one was particularly cute.
My favorite neighbors, Carl & Sue who live across from me have been going through a rough spell with health issues and difficult surgeries for both of them. They had recently both had surgery, and as soon as they got the ok from their doctors, they went to their other home in Sun City Arizona for a few weeks to recuperate and just returned the other day to a water leak in their house. Turns out it was the fridge, and it buckled the beautiful wood floor in their dining room. And ruined their kitchen cabinets too! So they are getting the leak fixed, and new floors, and new kitchen cabinets, and counter tops!! Their house is a MESS!!! Their homeowners is covering the whole thing. GOSH I wish my fridge would leak!!!! Anyway, I was over today to see the mess, and Carl, tough ex marine, and big burly guy that he is, has always been the one to do all the cooking and sewing in their home. He made all the kids Halloween costumes, and did cushions for his boats, and all sorts of things. A while ago he had asked me if I, or anyone I knew would be interested in his Serger. I have never used one before. I told him I didn't know if I would use it. Or even if I could figure out HOW to use it.
I am SO enjoying this coolish, but sunny and breezy beginning to summer! In fact, as I sit here in the living room chair by the big picture window, the breeze keeps puffing up my window sheers, and with it, a burst of the sweetest aroma ever. My gardenias that are in full bloom in the planter that sits right outside this window! Does a scent ever take you back in time to a particular place? A certain day? A time of year? Gardenias will forever remind me of the summer of my 16th year, when I was a waitress at a little place in my home town, and I had a lot of regulars who came in and requested my station. This couple, I will never forget them, used to bring me big fragrant bags of dewy gardenias, freshly clipped from their garden. I usually wore one on my uniform, and we put some in water there at the front of the restaurant. And I brought the rest home to enjoy and share with my family. Oh how I love that smell. It always makes me feel 16 again!
G'night friends. See you soon with a couple of new blog shout outs, that I have been enjoying ever so much!