The first snips from the garden....Catmint and a new rose bush I planted right by the front door. Well, technically I didn't plant it, my landscaper/grass taker-care of guy did, but I picked it out and paid for it. I have been working in the garden over this past week and nothing beats the "hands in the dirt" feeling. I still have some work to do in my back gardens, but it will happen, eventually. Something happened to my huge area of monarda (bee balm), only the seedlings came up this year which is quite puzzling since monarda is a staple around here. So I have this rather large, rather empty space that I need to figure out what to plant in that empty spot. Visiting the nurseries around here I'm finding, unfortunately, something in common....sadly prices keep going up up up. Am I surprised, no. Do I like it, no.
I have two very distinct obsessions....books and flowers. I guess if you are going to have an obsession, books and flowers are not by any means dreadful. (Dreadful would probably fall into another category). Perhaps dreadful on the pocketbook, but certainly not dreadful for the deep satisfaction I receive from both. Sitting on the back porch, looking out at the garden and reading a good book is one of my life's greatest pleasures, along with vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate.
OK, switching to a totally different subject, this past Friday Bailey (granddaughter who is living with me) and I road-tripped up to the Milwaukee Zoo to meet up with Hilary and my great grand, Matilda Mae. She is 20 months old (I know, how did that happen??) and is just a total delight. She had been to the zoo about a week prior with Hilary's Mom (aka grandmother) and loved it. It is a beautiful zoo, such a lovely setting, filled with just the right amount of animals but way too many peacocks. I have no idea how many there are, but the males were definitely in the "mating mood". Their mating call is definitely a turn-off, screechingly unacceptable. But I gotta admit they are stunning birds.
The animals were exceptionally active that day. Instead of the usual trying to spot them sleeping inside a cave we saw this....
A couple of "different" friends....
Matilda, did you enjoy the zoo?? And look, she has wisps of hair over her ears, won't be long until she has a pony tail.
Definitely a great start to the 100 days of summer.
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
Until next time.....