We survived another holiday weekend, and trying to get caught up on emails that have filled my inbox was brutal. Taking a few days away from email was good for the soul, but catching up on reading everything was time consuming. I almost wanted to hit “delete all” messages, but thought against it, and managed to read them all in a few days.
Coming out from under a cold snap and right into 90 degree temps this week surely brightens your mood. We finally got everything into the garden and now Mother Nature can take over. We thought our cabbage plants took a hit from the frost we had, but they are recovering nicely and perking up so we feel they will be ok. Phew.
We are still battling with chipmunks over here eating our pumpkin and zucchini seeds, but those Creamora bottles over the ones that have sprouted is working. None of them have been touched by the chippies! (saw this idea on Pinterest) The bottles have actually created a nice warm greenhouse effect around each zucchini and they are getting bigger by the day. When they get a little bigger, we will remove the bottles since the chippies won’t touch them once they get to a certain size. We can’t believe we have to go through all of this trouble just to grow a zucchini. (Do you see the cement skull I made? I am hoping it scares the chippies away)
Both Nikita and Bella get a thrill out of going in our garden. They wait by our garden gate that stands proudly in the backyard by a green metal garden stake to enter are garden area. They walk around the garden with me, sniffing all the plants.
Bella met the garden hose yesterday and it was all fun and games to her! Nikita wanted nothing to do with the hose and kept her distance. I kept turning the watering wand on and off and it instantly intrigued Bella to check it out further. What happened was pure joy! Bella tried biting the water coming out and had a blast. It had to feel good to her since our temps were in the 90’s. When the water was shut off, she walked over to the nozzle and sniffed, wondering what happened to the water. Silly dog.
As for Nikita, she enjoys playing in the backyard too and always find a nice shady spot to relax in or just roll around on her back. She loves rolling around in the yard, feet flying in the air, and grunting. Ah, this is the life!
We also had our first fire pit night with family and neighbors. It was the perfect night as there was no wind, but the warmth from the logs burning in the pit kept us comfy. Relaxation at it’s finest. We can’t wait for the next fire pit night! With warmer weather, grilling is a must. We had some awesome kabobs that were marinated in Marzetti’s Balsamic dressing and lots of hamburgers & hot dogs. The ultimate sign of the arrival of warm weather is when the grill makes its appearance.
I also love adding a pop of color to the yard with spray paint. I painted another one of my pots bright red and it definitely added the perfect color to the backyard. Since I had the red paint out, I also painted a tiny little Adirondack chair that I found at Pat Catans which is now sitting on my desk holding my cell phone.
This is just the beginning of lots of Summer memories, good times with family and friends, lots of grilling, and reaping what we sow in our garden. It just doesn’t get any better than this!