I have finally taken some time to spruce up the garden and for as long as it took me to get started, now I don't want to stop. Unfortunately (or fortunately for the inside of our house) my back is telling me to slow down and take a couple of days off from planting.
I love spending time in the front garden because of the opportunity it gives me to say hello to my neighbors and passers by. We are in an older neighborhood (circa 1954) and at least half of the residents here are either original owners or close to it. I had the best conversation with my neighbor Dolly who lost her husband a few years back. What a spunky lady. I see her walking her dog everyday and always think of my mom 60 miles away and her little dog Pepper.
I have made a promise to myself to spend more time out front this summer. Maybe even invite friends and neighbors to spend some time on the porch with me in the evening, watch the kids play and share a glass of wine or a margarita or two.
Speaking of the porch, it is just about finished. I am so happy with how sweet and inviting it turned out and as soon as the sun comes back to shine I will take a few pictures to share with you.
My husband put in a beautiful hydrangea bush for me over the weekend. This is our third attempt at having one flourish in our yard. I love them and hope we've finally found the perfect spot.
I am a little sad that my grandsons baseball season is winding down, even with all the running to practice and given up Saturday afternoons, I'll miss my time at the ball park. I love watching the little six and seven year olds learn the game and encourage each other. I know it won't be long until the innocence of baseball just for fun will be lost to a more competitive atmosphere. I love that baseball too but I just wish it would wait a little longer to come.
I made this carrot cake from the Pioneer Woman's Food from my Frontier cookbook for my mom for Mother's Day. This is the second time I've made it and it is so good. It takes a little effort but it is worth every bite. I also made this delicious banana bread. I got the recipe many years ago from Kim at Daisy Cottage and it is now my go to banana bread. We add a few nuts to it but other than that we love it just as is.
The house is quiet today so it's time to give it a good cleaning and maybe a little fluffing and then I plan on curling up on the sofa with a new magazine and a cup of hot tea. It looks like we have another cool, drizzly day in store for us here and in Southern California we make the most of them.
Whew! That was a long one. If you're still reading, happy Monday and I hope you have a wonderful week!