Yes, Summer is here.
There is a concrete pad on the side of the house, next to the garage, and this is where I planted the pumpkins. It gets full sun, and seems to be a perfect place for them. We had a gigantic bouganvillia there for the 20 years we have lived in this house, but had it removed last year. I leveled the area, and intend to move the whole fence up about 50 feet to utilize this entire space for my garden. Hopefully by next Spring.
The blooms are just gorgeous on these vines!!
My corn stalks are taller than me, with silky strands spraying out the tops, like a firecracker.
The peppers, green beans, sweet peas, lettuce, spinach, basil, cilantro, cabbage, arugula and broccoli are all stretching out as far as they can go, creating lush and full boxes.
I spend a good deal of my time out here on the patio off the house. Having put up that dropcloth shade curtain has made all the difference in the world. And putting this comfy chaise out here, has become the most sought after spot of all.
I made that quilt for my son Drew when he was about 10 years old. His room was done in a patriotic Americana theme. And it looked so nice across the end of his bed. He has drug it in and out with him as he has come and gone, and both he and the quilt are here again. So I made some repairs to the binding and put it out on the patio to cozy up with.
My old Wellies have been repurposed. I guess I am becoming like my Great Aunts Emma and Ella. They saved every container, every jar, everything!
I often take my lunch break right here on the patio, with a favorite magazine to read.
Back when Walmart still sold fabric, I bought this bird fabric there, along with several matching panels. I made this table topper, and did the borders and back in a Sunbrella fabric made for outdoors. I have even used it as a throw rug in the house. I just wash it up and dry it on the line, and it keeps looking brand new, now 5 years going. Walmart used to sell some bangup good deals on fabrics. I have even bought one or two, or more, entire bolts!!! I bought my living room curtain fabric there. ONE dollar a yard! Crazy!!
In the summer, we often eat our dinner out here too. Last night I grilled up some burgers on my Lodge Cast Iron Grill pan. Greg usually bbq's them, but he came home from Cabo with an aching back, so I grilled them for him. I also grilled some of my young yellow squash. Just brushed them with a bit of olive oil, and then sprinkled them will sea salt. Stuck them down on the grill pan on the bias for those nice carmelized grill marks.
Mmmmm, mmm..mmmmmm!!! Everything tastes good on a red Fiesta Ware plate!!! When we moved Nana last week, I came home with the last of her Fiesta Ware collection. I plan to add to it!!
The days are growing longer, and warmer! I went over to test the temperature of the pool today. Greg put the solar cover on it before he left for Mexico. It is "perfect swimming" degrees!!! Think I will go for a dip!
I am considering running away for a few days. If I can get someone to feed the farm and water the crops! I don't ever mean to make it appear that my life is perfect. It certainly is not. Is there such a thing? I have hurts and disappointments just like anyone else. I usually find that when I am in a difficult place, I spend my time working with my hands. It calms me. There have been some bumps in our life here recently. Nothing that won't eventually smooth out. But I have felt a bit like running away. So if I am absent from blogging for a bit, I am most probably up in Big Bear, high in the mountains, where I feel peace and calm. Some folks go shopping. I go to Big Bear. Or work in the yard.
Have a good rest of your week. I leave you with this thought, a quote I love.
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all"