Good afternoon Folks ~ I do hope you are enjoying your week. Summer has most definitely started down here in s.e. FL. It’s in the mid 80’s and feels like 98. Humidity makes it awful for sure. At least my dear husband doesn’t have to suffer through that this summer. He’s where the weather is ‘perfect’.
I mowed and weed-wacked yesterday, trimmed vines, trees and shrubs this morning, pulled weeds too and washed and hung out a load of laundry. I can’t work outside after a certain time as it is just too dang much. Had a couple of sprinkles as the laundry was washing, but that was it. Some thunder later to the west of us, but no rain, which we could use more of. We haven’t had any since Andrea dumped that last deluge on us a week and a half ago. I have to hand water things that are in containers as they dry out quickly.
Monday was my fourth meeting with my widow friends. Here is the link to the blog and the day’s meeting. You can look at tabs to get more info etc. Friends Needing Friends
Flowers and weeds are growing like crazy. I lost some things to the overly saturated ground from the rain, agastache and another sweet ground cover that was doing well. Boo hoo!
But, I’ve still plenty of blooms drawing lots of butterflies and I am thankful.
Zebra longwing and hamelia paten blooms. Hummingbirds love this also
Garlic vine blossoms
Hibsicus tree blooms in the driveway. On the tree they are bright yellow. Hibiscus tiliaceus is a species of flowering tree in the mallow family.
Queen crepe blooms with palm and blue skies behind.
Gazania or blanket flower
Purple top verbena. I love this. Bought it at the spring plant sale and the butterflies love it and I love how tall it is and seeing it sway in the breezes.
Front entry looking from the driveway
Start of front path
Looking toward the driveway from entry patio
View of caravan garden
Now, below may not look like much to you, but to me, it means a lot. My dear husband was always drawing up plans for one project or another around here and I came across this one the other day and of course the tears just came. It’s little things like this that make me miss him every day.
I am thankful that he enjoyed working and creating with his hands. He was that way from when he was just a boy. He would sit and build with his erector set while listening to Harry Belafonte on albums of his mother’s. He said whenever she put this album on he felt like building. He liked using a hammer and nails, took shop in school, built furniture then for his bedroom at home. In Spain we went to the woodworking shop on base and built furniture there out of teak. His dream was to have a work shop and we built one from the ground up and he loved it and so do I. It is FULL of all kinds of tools, lots of projects were created using those tools and I am using some of them now myself. He did a lot of antique restoration for different people also. He was good. I miss working with him.
Here is the tune that he really enjoyed. The music is fun and laid back.
Harry Belafonte - Matilda
Enjoy each day. Be yourself.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.