In trying to catch up on some blog reading post-vacation, I've been amazed at all the stitching y'all have been doing this summer! It seems that I tend to be more of a seasonal stitcher as once the weather turns nice, I gotta be outside as much as possible to work on my projects. It's slow going, but sometimes I actually get some help from the males in the family - which happened last week. Here is the fantastic result:
A little bit underwhelmed? :D Well it makes me very happy to see this as previously there was a big pile of beaten down, hardened dirt - the leftovers from the Big Dig when I created my rose garden. The boys were pressed into labor and given a pick ax, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and I oversaw the gang. A couple hours later we were mostly done. Since that day, I've spent some time fine tuning the level, never expecting perfection of course - and wheeling off a couple loads of stone - another of course.
Meanwhile Kirsten has helped me attack another problem area - the front foundation planting.
Tiny fibrous roots from the nearby maple tree choked out the hostas that I had planted. So I'm digging it all out, adding some steer manure, removing a bunch of roots and more - rocks. I'm planning to replant with some day lilies and spring bulbs which can withstand the onslaught of the maple roots.
The weather here has been HOT! That means morning yardwork and stopping at noon when the temp reaches 90^. (Highs have been at or over 100^) Sometimes Kirsten and I will then get a Slurpee at the famous 7-11 here in Kennewick. For the last several years the Kennewick 7-11 has been the biggest seller of Slurpees in the chain. One reason is - summers are HOT here! Nothing like a Slurpee to cool you down. :D
In the afternoons I've been reading again. After hearing the Satellite Sisters 'classic' broadcast with the author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation, I checked it out of the library. In 1967 I received my very first transistor radio (10 yo) and loved many of the recordings by these women. Life was changing in a big way in those days and these women were in the midst of it. It's a very interesting read, especially appropriate for summer.
And now, Kirsten and I have to get back outside. We're getting a bit of a break today - it's going to be just 96^ today. :)
Thank God for air-conditioning!