Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lazy .....

Hope everyone is having a good week. It's still hot and humid here in Central Virginia - too hot to do anything that requires lots of physical activity. I've been relaxing, reading and eating. I've gained a couple of pounds - probably from those Drumstick ice cream cones I've been eating every afternoon. (Sigh) I guess I'll have to cut back on them.

I finished reading J. K. Rowling's book "The Cuckoo's Calling". It was well written and had good character development. I did find it to be a bit slow moving at times. The main characters are very likable and I would like to see them in more books. If you like detective stories you will probably enjoy this book. I'm currently reading the second book of the Joe Grey series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy - "Cat Under Fire". These are mysteries with talking cats as the main characters. They are entertaining will appeal to mystery and cat lovers. I'm also reading "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson. I've enjoyed several of his books.

Summer is going by too fast! Seems all the stores are full of back to school items. I wouldn't be surprised to see Christmas items before long. They do tend to rush the seasons.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the cats ...

Maggie May (Miss Prissy)

Mazie Grace (The Huntress)

Mollie Ann (My Baby Girl)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Feels like a sauna ........

It's HOT and it's HUMID! With the sun shining and temperatures up to the triple digits, this feels like typical mid July weather.

Hubby has been trying to get the grass cut. He couldn't get started until almost 3PM because the grass was wet from the high humidity. If we had a hay baler, we could probably get a couple of bales off the back yard.

I'm getting loads of cherry tomatoes and more than enough regular tomatoes from the garden. I also have lots of green peppers that need to be picked. I've been eating tomato sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with fresh salads.

The squash and cucumber plants have grown out of my garden squares and are winding across the yard. They continue to bloom profusely, but for some reason are not forming squash or cucumber plants.

I just downloaded "The Cuckoo's Calling" to my Kindle. It was written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I'll be spending my evening reading.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Finally, a new chair .........


I've been looking for new chairs for my living room for several months. I looked everywhere and could not find what I was looking for - a small, comfortable chair. We went looking again yesterday and I ended up getting the La-Z-Boy chair shown above. It is bigger in scale than I wanted, but it is very comfortable. I just got tired of looking and settled for what I could find. I'm sure it will grow on me, and I'm sure I will have some nice naps while lounging in it. It's hard to find furniture that works in small houses. That's Mollie Ann grooming her feet.

We're still having hot and very humid weather. It's like living in a sauna. We're suppose to get more rain Thursday. This has been the wettest summer I can remember.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A relaxing Saturday .......


Today has been full of sunshine and relaxing activities. Hubby finished trimming the grass this morning while I went off to do a little shopping. When I got home, we went in the pool. I spent a couple of hours just floating around, watching the clouds. The water temperature was perfect and there was a slight breeze blowing. Pure summer joy!

After supper, Hubby settled down to watch the Nascar race. I got my iPod and Kindle and have been reading while listening to Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gina Sicilia.

Hope you are having as nice a Saturday as I am.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rain, rain, and more rain ..........


Seems like it has rained almost every day lately. We had 7 inches of rain in June and have had 2 more inches so far in July. That is very unusual for us. We are usually in a dry spell at this time of the year. So far this year we've had 26 inches compared to 14 inches at this time last year.

All this rain is making everything grow like crazy. The garden has thrived and the grass grows faster than Hubby is able to cut it. The pool keeps running over where other years we've had to add water. I shouldn't complain. Today we've had short periods of sun, followed by rain showers, followed by sun, then more rain.


Maggie insists on being outside. If it starts raining hard she will sit under the table on the deck. If it isn't raining that hard, she sits in the rain. Her fur is so thick and long, it doesn't allow the water to soak through. Mollie and Mazie don't like water and will insist on staying inside.

The weather report calls for less chance of rain tomorrow. Maybe we'll be able to cook out for the 4th of July. Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's been awhile ..........

I don't know if anyone is still out there or not since I haven't been around for several months. I have no excuse for my absence other than procrastination, laziness, and sloth. However, while very quiet I have been faithfully reading your blogs.

Life has been quiet here in my corner of the world. Hubby has been busy trying to keep the grass cut. The cats are all well and as spoiled as ever. I've spent more time than I should reading. And we've all done a lot of relaxing and enjoying ourselves. Isn't that what retirement is for?

We've had much more rain than usual this year, so my garden is thriving. We are eating zucchini, green peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and radishes from the garden. I got a few cherry tomatoes today and the regular tomatoes will be ripening soon. I can hardly wait for that first juicy tomato sandwich.

This is the square of cucumbers, yellow squash, and zucchini.


This square has tomatoes in the front with cherry tomatoes and then green peppers in the back.


The tomatoes really look good and are getting large. Can't wait ...


I planted one watermelon plant and had no idea it would live. Maybe with continued rain, I will get a watermelon this year.


Will try to write again soon ...