After a good night's sleep, I woke up at 8 a.m. How did New Kitty manage not to wake me up at 6:30, asking for her breakfast? I had foreseen that and decided to sleep upstairs, for once, hahaha, so she was Thwarted Kitty today.
I fed the cats and opened the sliding door. Another cool morning? Yes, please! I had a cup of coffee left in the pot from yesterday so I nuked that and decided to sit on the back patio with my cup of coffee and my laptop. As soon as I thought of it, I saw a flurry of wings flying off from my bird feeder! Yay! Birdies having breakfast.
It was a little chilly so I threw on an old flannel shirt of Greg's and took a quick tour of my garden. Not much is happening, my bean plants haven't progressed at all and seem to be at a stand still. Maybe more water is needed.
|Some bug has bore through my hibiscus flowers :(|
|The green onion flower has bloomed|
|The zucchini continues to grow|
|The SuperSweet 100 tomato seeds that I planted recently seem to be surviving and now have 4 leaves. Maybe I will get tomatoes this year after all? Keeping my fingers crossed.|
The surviving plant from last fall is still giving me a few. Here are two that I need to harvest.
|Hey, I've now got 3 Ichiban eggplants growing woohoo?! I'll have to cook them this summer when Greg is gone since he really doesn't like them.|
|The broccoli will never give me more than a tiny floret and now it's blooming. Darn it.|
|The pole beans still seem to be at a standstill|
|More lemon blooms!|
|This nectarine tree is taking its own sweet time to bloom!|
|And another one landing on the post. Two! Two woodpeckers, ha ha ha.|
So I refilled the cardinal bird feeder and the bird bath too and I will need to make more hummingbird syrup later on
The Blues at the Winery event starts in 5 minutes and I'm thinking that maybe I won't go. I have dishes to be done (and I just remembered that it's Sunday so my paper is still in the driveway, gotta go get it, brb!). So as I was saying, I don't think I'm going. I had my fill of people yesterday, it's nice out here and I still have that pumpkin pie to make for Greg, coupons to print and organize, 3 of my ex-library book loans are expiring in 3 days and I haven't read them yet. I think I'll stay home.
I spent the rest of the morning posting about our adventures yesterday. Lunch time came and saw me still on the back porch (it's really so lovely and I did remember to put on some sunscreen today) so I made my lunch and brought it back outside with me: turkey sandwich, the rest of the potato chips, some string cheese and an orange. I'm brewing a new pot of Green Peach tea and my plan for the afternoon is to read a library book on my Kindle before I have to return it. At some point I'm going to have to do the dishes because my husband is giving me the side eye and also I promised him that pumpkin pie.
Greg said he would install the edging around my vegetable garden after lunch. The kids are up but relaxing on their computers.
True to his word, Greg installed the edging (thanks, honey!). I was planning on watching him do manly work while I read my book, but I started feeling guilty about 10 seconds in so I watered the plants, refilled the self-watering bins and pulled some weeds. I was going to pull more but it's hot in the sun and I figured I could just do it early one morning when the backyard is still in the shade.
|Now all I need to do is pull the weeds from the mulched areas... and add some more mulch.|
It is such a nice day that if we had a hammock, I'd take a nap right now! I've always dreamed of having a hammock in the backyard but our trees weren't close enough together and then we had to take a lot of them down. The hammocks on stands just don't appeal to me as much.
Our son borrowed my bike, yet again, to go to the park down the street. I'm glad that the bike is getting the use! Tomorrow I need to ride it to the library to pick up that baking cookbook that I forgot to pick up on Friday.
Greg was a busy bee today: after he finished installing the edging around the vegetable garden, he used the leaf blower in the front of the house and raked leaves, and then he vacuumed and washed his truck. It wouldn't be a lovely Sunday if some man, somewhere, wasn't using loud equipment, would it? *wink*
Trying to catch up on Feedly, and I saw an alert on Slickdeals that the B&M Home Depot stores have their seeds on sale for 50% off. I was tempted to drive there today to get okra seeds and see what else I might be able to stock up on that Dollar Tree doesn't carry but then I decided to wait until I do my regular grocery shopping, probably Tuesday. I need to make a wish list.
I skimmed through the Sunday paper and clipped a few coupons. My heart isn't into it. I don't use them all that much anymore save for things like cereal and pasta and the thought of having to deal with the huge pile that has yet to be filed makes me sigh.
|I did find a coupon for a free travel-size bottle of Rave hairspray. However, I don't use hairspray.|
With the oven on, I finally had to close the sliding door because the AC was about to kick on in the kitchen, but it's a nice cool 72 without the AC in the other part of the house (i.e. the living room).Greg went back inside to take a shower and eat a piece of pumpkin pie, but I'm determined to stay outdoors as much as I can, lol.
I started writing a letter to my great aunt. It's slow going because I'm typing it in French in Powerpoint otherwise she won't be able to read my handwriting. But I have to insert all the accents, which is a pain but I can increase the font so she can see better, which is great. I'm also adding photographs and then I'll print the whole thing in color and mail it to her. It'll be like a mini scrapbook. I'll finish it tomorrow, though, as I'm only 1/4 of the way through.
Late afternoon, my patience was rewarded:
|First the female cardinal came to have dinner...|
|... and then the male, right after her. They never eat together, talk about unromantic!|
After dinner my daughter did the dishes to earn her share of the car insurance, my son brushed our cats, and Greg and I enjoyed several episodes of "Arrested Development" on Amazon Prime Instant.
Chili's sent me another bonus points offer to get a freebie appetizer or dessert if I eat there.
Hey, today was a No Drive Day! Woohoo. #8 of the year. We have surpassed my goal :)