last weekend I celebrated a friend's birthday with her by joining a large gathering of her friends who were breaking in her new porch (LOOK at that porch!) for the occasion. kids running around happily, mint juleps on the wide, wide porch, good conversation. cupcakes. good times.
there has been music at the lake on Thursday nights, bike rides, mosquito bites, fireworks watched with friends. we've been tending the garden, eating plenty of greens and raspberries and waiting for the garlic to cure, the tomatoes to ripen, and the green beans to grow. I am realizing that my decision to plant more squash this year since it somehow didn't do well last year will end with us eating summer squash for breakfast, lunch and dinner for weeks. starting very very soon, going by the number of teeny little baby squashes bursting from each of the (8? 9?) plants out there. I know all about this squash madness, the we're-overrun-with-zucchini craziness that comes mid summer.... but somehow glazed over it when planting. ah well. need some summer squash? I'm your girl. or I will be soon, anyway.
I'm also working on a sweet little kitchen rug woven out of old t-shirts. it's so easy and quick and satisfying. I highly recommend holding on to your old t-shirts so you can make one, too- if you like that kinda thing.
also, flowers. bee balm, queen anne's lace, dill, day lilies, cow vetch (below), cone flower, daisies, black-eyed susans, zinnias, sunflowers, oh my. flowers everywhere! LOVE this time of year, when the garden is nearing it's peak and the flowers are popping open everywhere I look. ah, summer.
BLOG SWAP UPDATE: 22 folks have signed up so far (there are still a few of you who haven't gotten me your email and physical addresses yet, I'll need those to add you to the list!) from the U.S., and 4 from Canada. I will leave it 'open' for the week and then contact everyone with who their swap recipient will be by this coming weekend. We'll shoot for having the packages sent out no later than 4 weeks after I send that info out, so end of first/beginning of second week of August-ish. feel free to spread the word to try to get more people on board- I'll follow up again later in the week~