Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Joys of Summer

One of the great things about the hot MN summer is how well our plants grow.  We had a cold spring this year, so our garden went in a little late this year, but the past week has seen it take off!  This year we planted 3 different types of tomatoes, several different kinds of peppers, sugar snap peas, onions, and brussel sprouts.  Along the side of the house was the perfect spot for pumpkin and squash - they can vine as much as they want, and it won't take out any of the other plants!

Scott really takes care of the vegetable garden, while the flowers are more for me.  Every year I try a few different kinds of plants - some work, and some don't!  Petunias, geraniums, and pansies are my standard...begonias and daisies were new additions this year.  Still not quite sure what to do with the begonias - the hanging basket that I have is not looking so pretty right now!

The garden is pretty well fenced off so no dogs, children, or wives can get into it, but my flowers are available to all to enjoy.  Ava's started picking off the flowers to wear behind her ear.  If she's not happy with the one she choose, she'll choose another...and then another.  The other night, we had a whole bouquet of flowers in our hands! 

It seems that a number of my friends are growing mint this year, so mojitos seem to be the drink of choice this summer.  Last weekend was River Falls Days (in WI), so I went to my friend Lisa's house for a mojito party!  She makes an excellent mojito!  In the past, there would have been pictures of us having fun - but this year...just a picture of their son, Jake...eating strawberries, with one lone Cheerio on his cheek.  (We still had fun, even tho there aren't pics to prove it!)

Yesterday was very hot and what better way to be even MORE hot and sticky than having s'mores for dessert!  There are now square, flat marshmallows which are PERFECT for making s'mores!  Ava certainly enjoyed hers!  I love how she's eating it so neatly (ha ha) in this first picture.  Needless to say, she got nice and messy!

After she went to bed, Scott and I stayed up and enjoyed the fire.  There are a lot of fireflies this year, which always adds a bit of magic to a warm summer evening.

I think we're going to go to the pool today for a bit - it's supposed to be hot and miserable today.  No better way to cool off than to splash around!

1 comment:

Stephanie Blackwood said...

I could almost small the flowers and I could certainly taste the s'mores! Sounds like you're having an ideal summer and Ava makes it lots of fun!