Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Puppy Days of Summer

It's not quite Dog Days of Summer yet, but we can see them from here!
 The dogs say it's HOT.
 The chickens agree.
 But they all have lots of shade and water, and Trixie has a little pool she plops in to cool off her belly.

The new roof looks so good Adam decided to spray/clean the outside of the house.
 The next step will be to remove the shutters and paint them ... probably barn red to match the roof. Or black. Probably red.
 The back porch almost looks cute now!
 And there's the other side with the shade garden.
Two little sheets of roofing were left over. Adam will find a purpose for them.
 Look how droopy this volunteer watermelon (?) gourd (?) plant is. All the plants in pots are weary and dry.
 My new herb bed this spring is doing beautifully!

 A pretty marigold:
 The elephant ears are quite large! I've already asked for more concrete leaves this fall.
 It seems everybody is outside but me. I did labor in the garden quite hard on that first cool day -- we had three cool days in a row. But today is back up to 95 degrees. Ugh! So I will return to summer survival mode.
I'm knitting a little -- very light knitting so as not to overheat my lap -- and sipping lemon water, and watching a delightful children's story that puts me in mind of adventures and Christmas and writing and other happy thoughts. That in turn compels my mind into autumn, and with the air conditioner running, I can almost pretend it's not mid-July.
But for those of you who love summer's warmth, here is a sunny zinnia to keep you happy!

10 comments:

  1. Your new roof looks great! The house looks so different now. Too bad it's so hot Let's see... 95F would be 35C. We're having hot weather but I doubt we'll reach 35. Even so it's very warm.
    I love that gorgeous Marigold!!

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  2. That roof makes such a beautiful difference! You're right, things are looking downright cute now. Well done!

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  3. Things are looking so good there. Your new roof is wonderful and I know such a RELIEF for you both. Your house is sweet, homey and perfect for country/farm living.

    Your elephant ears are huge!

    Hot & humid down here also and I try to get out early around 7-8 and in again by 10. Then I hibernate.

    Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady

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  4. The roof is so beautiful! So worth the money!
    I have a bad cold so I am being lazy in bed. It's a bit cooler here today and I'm grateful. We still run the AC, though.
    Take care. Keep knitting and knitting. It soothes.
    Love love love!

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  5. Oh I do like that red roof. Great choice.

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  6. Hi there! New to your blog and am really enjoying all the lovely photos and posts about books and reading!

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  7. It's been hot here too. The humidity is the worst. I much prefer to have the windows open and fresh air in the house, but am thankful for the AC when it's like this. Your new roof looks great! xo Deborah

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  8. I remember all your roof problems. It must be a relief to be watertight now. I was thinking of planting some elephants ears. I don't think they will grow so big here.

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  9. It is hot and very dry here too. I really do love that new red roof!

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