that these kids make me all goofy feeling? I really love them. Especially when they make funny faces in the pool.
I'm just a granola girl/practical mom/funky crafter/spiritual seeker(read presbyterian)/busy wife/stressed-out-grownup-who-is-seriously-in-need-of-a-time-out/inner child who is trying to make my way in the world like everyone else. Welcome to my life!
We have an old piece of furniture that used to belong to the camp guy’s grandparents. It is, according to my Nana, a commode – the shelf that the wash pitcher and bowl sat on, complete with towel bar. I’ve always wanted to paint it, but never wanted to mess up the antiqueyness of it. (Yeah, I did just make that word up. Brand spankin’ new word – just for you. You’re welcome.)
ANYWAY – the camp guy and I talked about it again recently, since neither of us like the color. Some parts were obviously old (the drawer), but parts looked like they had been replaced (the doors and back are made of rough plywood), so we decided to paint it guilt free.
The paint job isn’t really the greatest, but I think it looks pretty good, and I LOVE the color! And now, instead of hiding in the bedroom, it’s flaunting it’s beauty in the kitchen.
What do you think? Did I mention that red makes me happy?
We had a pretty decent storm here about a week ago, with a good bit of hail. My beautiful squash leaves have been really beat up. Look at all those holes in the leaves – all from being pelted by the hail!
We had some praying mantis babies hatch somewhere nearby, and several of them have taken up residence in the garden. They’re finally big enough to really be tackling some of the regular garden pests, and I found this one today busy eating a cucumber beetle. Go, baby, go!
The lemon balm has taken over, so I’ve been cutting it back like crazy and it’s hanging all over my kitchen drying. Makes the kitchen smell nice…
In case you’re wondering what it’s hanging on in this photo – it’s a wine rack that I got at a yard sale that holds my rolling pins. The one in the middle isn’t much to look at, but the one on the top and the one on the bottom were made by hand by my great uncle, who is a wonder at that sort of thing, and they’re just to beautiful to be left in a drawer – hence their place of honor on the wall (well, when they aren’t covered up by drying herbs!).
I’ve set a completely random goal for myself this summer to make 1,000 yo-yos. Not the walkin’-the-dog, around the world type yo-yos, but the little quilty variety. I have no rhyme or reason to size or fabric choices, just a need to use up a lot of scraps, and a hope that at the end of the summer, when faced with this pile of yo-yos, I’ll be inspired to do something with them, and well on my way to having enough to do it!
I’ll keep you updated with a little sidebar here on the blog.
If you have any brilliant ideas for what to do with them once they’re finished, I’d love to hear them!
Ok, so I’m sorry for my pity party the other day. Little bit is better, big’ un is home, the camp guy is feeling better, and I am slowly becoming less gimpy! The dishwasher, alas, did NOT make it.
But, my mom and cousin went down to the garden yesterday and picked a bunch of cherry tomatoes, and I managed to pick a handful of basil leaves today and chopped them both up with some fresh mozzarella and a liberal sprinkling of kosher salt.
The smell and the taste of this, delicious! And how pretty is it? And despite how easily distracted this will make me sound – it makes me happy!
What’s your favorite fresh from the garden recipe?
Just wanted to share a few things I collected from the garden this weekend. The big purple bowl is a salad I collected for the high school campers.
I also got at assortment of beans, strawberries and green tomatoes (and one little red cherry tomato!). I fried up the green tomatoes and they were delish! We also had the first patty pan squash, which I sautéed with onion, olive oil, salt and pepper – yummy!
I love summer!