Well, the garden is in and the heat is here! I'm already tired of watering!
We had company in May. My mother's sister, Nancy, and my cousin, Holly, traveled from Mississippi to Ohio for a visit. Nancy is Mom's younger sister (by 6 years) and, as you can imagine, they don't get to see each other often. We had a great time and left very few stones unturned. We shopped, saw the area sites, and took a class from Mom - Cheese Snappy Wafers 101.
Holly wanted to make soap so she and I each made a batch. Hers came out great! She chose Mango Berry Tea for the fragrance oil and named her soap Mango Tango. She took it home to cure and it won't be long before she's enjoying it everyday in
Unfortunately, Macular Degeneration runs in Mom's family - she has it, as well as, her sister. Her brother also had it. Nancy has always been so crafty but her decreased sight has really limited her in what she can do. So, we had a night of making handmade paper. Nancy loved it! It's great fun and so creative! As I mentioned in my last post - making something out of absolutely nothing but trash! Very satisfying.
It was so much fun having them here! It was the most time I think we've spent together due to the distance (mileage) that's always been between us.
After company left, I had hand surgery for trigger finger - ring finger, left hand (thank goodness!). I thought trigger finger always had to catch. Guess not. Mine was just swollen and painful at the base of the ring finger - no catching. Currently, I'm in Occupational Therapy once weekly and hoping the swelling and soreness go away soon. Just SO thankful it was my left and not my right. Although, if it had been my right, I'd have lost 50 lbs. by now because my left hand wouldn't be able to find my mouth with a spoon/fork!
As I mentioned, the gardens are in! I'm DONE planting except for potting up some houseplants. I planted two tomato plants - one large and one cherry. Then, I have a gazillion of the cherry tomato plants coming up from seed from last year's tomatoes that rotted in the dirt. I'm going to have to pull the extras up - there's just no room. Especially since that raised bed also has squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and marigolds in it! I kind of went crazy! It will be survival of the fittest! I need another bed!
The flowers gardens are looking good. So far, we've had nice breaks of cool weather along with the warm. We've also had a good deal of rain. This weekend and the next few days have been / are supposed to be blazing hot! So, I'll be watering! I planted several new flowers this year and some grasses. The coneflowers in the front bed seeded and have a gazillion of coneflower babies popping up everywhere! I've been digging them up and giving them away. If you're in the area - come help yourself!
The birds have done their job planting the black oil sunflower seeds I feed them in the ground underneath the feeders. They will gorgeous and I LOVE sunflowers so I can't complain. I actually tried to grow some one year from a packet of seeds I bought and not a single one came up. The birds know the trick because I have huge beautiful ones every year.
I'm not the only one who has enjoyed the cooler evening weather. Buster has become my porch sitting buddy. He loves it when I head to the front porch in the evening or morning, for that mater, with knitting, a magazine, or a book. Doesn't matter to him what we do - he just loves sitting in the chair next to me and getting the occasional head scritching!
Earl Gray is usually not far away. He's so possessive of me, though, that I usually have to shoo him before he runs the other kitties away. Here he is on an occasion where he was being nice and enjoying Buster's spot.
I'm not sure the kitties appreciate the view from the front porch but that's okay - I love it! The coneflowers are slowly opening up and I can hardly wait for the lavender, hydrangeas, and calla lilies to bloom. Porch sitting will be even more fun!
1) a picture of my Sock Yarn Blanket. Since my hand surgery, I've pulled this out and completed a few more squares. This is a project that I work on now and again. It's great fun but I can't imagine working on it non-stop. I'm crazy about the colors! LOVE them! To do this justice, please click on the picture to enlarge it!
And, 2) a picture of the prettiest zinnia I've ever seen!
Until next time! Thanks for reading!