Hello dear friends... Hope your week is going well.
What's going on out here at the lake?
We'll the holidays and four weeks of tennis camp is over.
I am still getting use to being home all the time again.
I have no idea how the days go by so fast.
Or what I have gotten accomplished, but I was busy.
Doing what I have no idea.
Doing lots of gardening and taking picutes I guess.
I love seeing the kittens in my garden shots... this is Punkie.
This has been a cat week... the little grey kitten, Ivy had to have surgery yesterday.
She has a warble in her neck. If you do not know what that is... good for you.
It was a grub type worm inside her neck... you can imagine it was not pleasant.
$75 later she is camped up in big sisters room recuperating.
If she was not spoiled already, she is plum rotten by now.
Always something... am I the only one that spends way too much money on "free" pets?
It has been hot and humid all this week.
Too hot to walk comfortably, so I am using my elliptical again.
I had gained back two pounds during the holiday weekend.
I blame my hubby, he was off for 4 days and all we did was eat!
So I am back to salads and grilled chicken this week.
One good way to burn the calories is cutting back the garden.
I cut all the butterfly bushes back to about a foot tall..
They will rebloom and not be so huge.
I regret planting them on the hill, but I love the butterflies.
So, they get a major haircut this time of year.
Also most of the spring blooming shrubs were trimmed.
As well as the perennials with seed heads I don't want to spread.
White yarrow was my biggest chore. It will turn brown if you leave it be.
I feel as hot as its getting I want all the brown I can cut out gone...
Keep the garden looking as fresh as I can in the heat.
My little annuals from seed are starting to bloom this week.
Many were planted late and the cool weather has them a little behind.
But they are welcome as a bit of color and texture here and there.
This year more than any other I have noticed plants have disappeared.
I don't think I have killed them... but they are lost in the jungle of growth.
Little things are either lost of so far back I cannot find them.
I look at older photos of the garden and remember where they should be...
Hopefully I can remember to move them next spring when and if they come back.
I love my groundcovers... and I have not bought mulch this year... but they can overcome some tender treasures when you are not looking.
Years ago I kept all my plant tags and it was amazing all the ones that were gone!
"I remember buying that... where did I plant it?"
But with all these blooms... I am not going to complain too much.
The tough will thrive!
Speaking of... look at the grass popping up in the rocks...
It is a full time job keeping the walks and the driveway weeded.
And as of this week I am watering again.
I pretty much have been leaving it in areas and letting it run.
I then go deadhead daylilies and perennials while it waters a section.
(That is if I dont walk off and forget it.)
Love this picture, one of my favorites I have taken of the house.
It is hard to get it all in one shot.
So what else have I been up to?
Feeding everybody... I can never fix enough food with the girls home.
I make a huge run once a week to the store and could go twice.
It has been hot and they have been inside all day.
I made little sister walk with me and the dog tonight.
I walk a mile and a half almost every evening.
To the highway and back.
The dog loves it.
I would too if it was not so humid.
But it was good girl bonding time.
She starts Middle School this year.
Where has the time gone?
Okay, I need to get off here... my internet is acting up.
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