Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Summertime in All It's Glory...
I realize I recently shared some photos with all of you, but I'm on a mission to clear out the camera and computer, so I've got a few more! The last few days I've been out in the yard, busy watering, weeding, fertilizing, and spraying with horrible-smelling stuff that repels deer all the flowers in our yard. They are in full glory, not the fragile little things I planted only a couple of months ago, and not yet beginning to shrivel up and prepare for a hibernation, or death, that's sure to come. I wish I could just invite you over for sun tea, with lemons, and peanut butter cookies freshly baked from my mother-in-law's recipe (they're worth every calorie) and we could take a walk around the yard, but gas prices being what they are, maybe this'll do in a pinch:

The front of the house was so pitiful when we bought it. No flowerbeds, no shrubs, a beat up sidewalk. After 11 years everything is starting to really strut its stuff. Impatiens do well here since the house faces the north, with little sun on this side.

The clemantis and mums poking their heads out is something to look forward to every spring. I replaced old shrubs with two bunches of soft grasses this year. I love them!

A favorite spot to curl up in, when the phone rings and it's one of our kids on the other end. Black-eyed Susans are sneaking through the fence, threatening to take over the place, which is quite okay with me.

No idea what this little yellow plant is. I bet Diane, over at Diane's Place, can tell me. The flowers look like small yellow stars and they are a perennial. I planted the purple perennial this year, and have already forgotten it's name too!

We've had the old milk can for ages, and I found the sweet little rattan duck at a garage sale this summer. I think I paid $2.00 for him, and knew instantly I'd love having him sit here to greet anyone who came to our front door. He makes me smile every time I catch a glimpse of him. This is my favorite planted spot of the year, sweet and simple.

I found this at Pottery Barn for kids, regularly $29.00 and on sale for $5.99. A whale of a deal if you ask me! Daughter Sarah helped me make the birdbath out of upside down clay pots a few years back. I still love setting it out every spring, to remind me of the fun we had together. The birds enjoy it too. This is actually in our backyard.

On an entirely different note, we were at this church this morning for Leslie to drop off a resume. It sits right on the main street leading into downtown Pittsburgh, an old Presbyterian church built in 1804! I stood there and just soaked in the fact that it was 204 years old, was here long before me, and will be still standing there long after I'm gone. Then there sat Landon, all of ten months old. The comparison caused deep thoughts on the brevity of life. On my part, not Landon's.

We call this strip of road "church row" because of the truly enormous churches that line the road, one after another, and all of them so old and gorgeous. I think this is the most beautiful church I've ever seen, I believe it's Catholic. The tiled roof takes my breath away. I climbed into the flowerbed and smelled the hydrangeas - heavenly, which seemed quite appropriate.

And finally, since Summer is so brief, and needs to be enjoyed and not taken too seriously - I give you my last photo. What a baby looks like sucking on a lemon.


  posted at 11:48 PM

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