Hello from after party land!
What a fun mad tea season it was.
Now it's time to put back all the treasures and restore some sense of order.
If only I could remember how everything fit in my cabinets originally, haha!
(Pics help a little)
I have been ever so busy the last few months.
Today I woke up utterly exhausted.
So, I took a day off from running around hills or garden paths today.
Arizona heat, blaring sun, up at the crack of dawn every day.
Chores and things.
Maybe I might need a vacay soon?
My deadlines are all sent in, the tea party is all cleaned up.
Summer is here, right smack in the thick of it.
Dogs are napping.
We've had Matty with an emergency vet visit eye injury, all cured now.
Miles with check-ups, both eating plain cheeseburgers after.
House a wreck.
Pups napping in the studio.
Following me around like baby chicks.
Matty (brown dog) leans on my knee as I do laundry or try to get ready to go anywhere.
Miles snores and yawns, snores and yawns.
I've enjoyed lots of nice dinners out.
Several movies at the actual theater.
Pineapple and coconut frozen yogurts, with fresh coconut and pineapple on top.
Standing in the hills watching storms roll in.
Running through sprinklers.
Shopping in antique stores that have no a/c, just swamp cooling.
Grilling dinners, eating all colors of beets and veggies at whole foods.
Quinoa & avocados & lime soaked yams with salt, yumm.
Tending my gardens every morning and evening.
Wishing I knew what kind of rose bush I planted in front of my cottage.
I don't think I saved the tag 3 or 4 years ago.
Gifting roses all summer like mad in pure sun.
A floribunda of some kind for sure.
Sprinkles on hollyhocks that are seeding everywhere for next year.
Sitting on the front porch with a fan in my face.
Watching zinnias bloom.
(having to cage them as the yellow belly finches are eating them to the ground, leaves and all, even though we feed them thistle seeds)
And then, the most kind of awful and exciting thing has been going on.
Huge amounts of animal activity in our garden this year.
For starters, I shall tell you that I lost my entire vegetable garden out back.
Once to racoons.
I rebuilt it and just lost it again to javelina.
Pumpkin patch and all.
I might be able to save a few vines, but maybe not.
Our property is walled and fenced in, but they busted through fencing.
My vegetable garden is also fence in, but they busted through that too.
I have to say, I'm not upset.
The pumpkin patch did have me almost at tears.
But then I thought, it's hot, there hasn't been tons of rain this year.
The poor critters are starving in the desert.
So, I fed them well, if nothing else.
Even a pack of coyotes got into our property.
The animals are obviously struggling, which makes me sad.
I think I may be able to save my strawberry patch.
It literally looks like bombs went off in every veggie bed.
Dug up, chomped up disaster.
Luckily they didn't come to the front yard where my flower garden is.
The birds have also been very active this year.
They ate all my plums and grapes.
It's a crazy animal year.
So, Mister Lovee has covered the peaches with bags, haha!
Kinda funny, no?
Desperate attempt to have peaches at least.
Here is a link to what our peach tree and veggie garden normally look like when not being treated as a buffet.
I'm not upset.
More ready for a vacation really, haha!
Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something.
Miles sure knows how to live it up.
Matty didn't let me take his photo, oh well.
The sunset was glorious last night.
I felt the faintest most curious vibe last night.
Just for a split second, out of the corner of my eye, I saw autumn.
Just for a second.
Even though it's still summer hot, it flickered somewhere out there.
And I thought, I better absorb this summer goodness.
Golden sunset through trees included.
Lighting candles and fairy lights at sunset.
Turning up the music...
And basking in the summer night garden.
Life is so lovely.
I think it's telling me to take a lil' break.
The sun possibly did me in a little yesterday.
Or it's an accumulation of endless days in it.
So, I'd say some popsicles and r&r are in order for the rest of the day.
How is summer treating you out there?
I'm not sure I'll sit still, ideas are swirling about big time.
The end of July looms.
Oh time, you rascal, you never sit still yourself!
Can't wait to hear what you are up to out there in your neck of the woods!