Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer in the City

I wish I was the kind of person who didn't need air conditioning, but it turns out I'm not. Therefore, I just spent $1500 to have the one in my car replaced. Yikes. Luckily, I'll be earning about half of that next week, so I'm grateful. Sort of.

I am glad that the weather has cooled off this week. Last week was so brutal, I actually think I was sick from it. At any rate, something made me feel awful Monday, and caused me to do a lot of napping and not much else. Luckily I felt much, much better yesterday, and spent some time in the yard, cutting grass, pruning some dead branches, and weeding the rose bed. I also did a heavy mulch on it, and started cleaning out the corner bed. The next thing on my list is porch painting, but I'm still unsure about the color. The siding on our house is yellow and the trim is white, so we're thinking aubergine, to add a little contrast. Thoughts?

I also want to do some sewing, especially after looking through the book, Improv Sewing. There are some great ideas, but the one I'm most drawn to is the baby quilt, especially since I'll be able to use my thrifted sheet collection to make it.

And I've been doing a lot of reading lately too, both in book and blog formats. I'm pulling books off of my shelf and either reading them, or posting them on BookMooch. Or reading and posting on BookMooch. Not sure if I can keep up with the trips to the post office once school starts, but it's working for now.

I did buy the book, Dinner: A Love Story, as I predicted, and I'm really enjoying it. It has motivated me to try doing something for dinner, even if it's only tuna salad (which is what I made for Steve's dinner tonight). There's no reason I can't come up with something, especially during the summer. That said, I met Melissa for dinner tonight at a restaurant we both like, and afterwards, we walked around for awhile, enjoying the cooler weather, the lovely flowers, and the time together. I feel so lucky anytime I spend time with my daughters, as I so enjoy their company.


Aren't these colors marvelous?






This tile is one of three decorating a wall post. Notice the nails cemented around it?

I love this gargoyle; it's one of a pair at someone's house along our walk.

And tomorrow, I'm meeting Deborah, of Caffeine Girl, for our third annual get together! Can't wait!



  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better..I am always working in my flower beds and they are in much need for a alot of heavy always washes away if it rains really good...maybe I don't put enough..maybe!
    Love your flowers...especially the last one..very pretty..Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

    1. Oh Shari, I wish these were my flowers! These were taken in a lovely neighborhood downtown where we took a walk. Isn't it amazing how much mulch it takes?

  2. Lovely, lovely summer flowers.
    How cool that you an CG are keeping up your meeting tradition.

    1. I know, it's so nice to hang with her, even if it is only a couple of hours once a year. Knitters are cool people, aren't they?

  3. I would have replaced the A/C, too. Life's too short to be so miserable. Sorry you couldn't have spent all that on something a little less practical!

    The flowers are gorgeous.

    1. My youngest daughter gave me a hard time about complaining about the AC and suggested I suck it up without it. I told her I may have done that when I was 22, but I'm much smarter than that now!