I'M HERE, I'M HERE! Oh my gosh it's been FOREVER!!!! I'm so sorry for the absence and I can't believe how much time has passed! We have so much to talk about! So, are you ready?
Honestly, I don't even know where to start. The last time we talked was June and although 97.3888% of the time I've been home, I feel like so much has happened in our little world both physically and mentally. First I have to start by saying I HOPE you, your family and your friends are all healthy. So much is going on in the US, but because this blog is my happy place, I don't want to go into anything negative or political. My other hope is that you are doing everything you can to live your best life through all this chaos. Right now, our family is doing just that. We are all still feeling good and healthy and doing everything we can to stay that way!
With that being said, let's dive into all that's been happening!
4th of July! Does the 4th of July seem like 6 months ago or is it just me? We're closing in on the end of August and here I am talking fireworks! Isn't this mug the cutest though!?! I HAD to have my favorite dessert ever (double dip chocolate-not hot fudge-sundae with pecans!) to celebrate our Independence Day so I plopped it all together in this cute Susan Branch mug and after giving both dogs a good dose of anxiety medication, I headed to the back deck to see our neighbors create a war zone...loud but beautiful! ...side note: Susan Branch mugs can be found (limited supply) on her website www.susanbranch.com And yes, being the Susan Branch groupie that I am, I have every mug!❤️
On another side note...I celebrated (quietly and amongst myself ❤️) my blog's BIRTHDAY!
🧁HAPPY 3 YEARS to my little blog!🧁 Blows my mind away that you all enjoy reading about our life, but thank you so much for following along! It's been so much fun for me!!!
So, around the house, we've been slowly cleaning up spent flowers in the gardens. The yard has this FULL look to it with all the sunflowers blooming, zinnias, china asters, and cosmos filling in what were once bald spots. If you're driving by, it's pretty hard to see the bird bath OR the fire hydrant! Our house is in there somewhere!⤵️
But it's been amazing being able to make so many bouquets this summer! Having vases of them around the house is wonderful, but I also enjoyed making them as gifts! The first one below was for my son's girlfriend for her July birthday and the one below that was for my niece who had her sweet 16 earlier this month!
Who doesn't love getting flowers?!?! It was fun giving her flowers that bloom in her birthday month❤️ But here are a few more that I have been able to create for the house! All the seed work, digging, weeding, and watering pays off when you can have flowers all summer!!
As you know, this year we didn't grow a vegetable garden. But, because our dahlia garden was a complete FAIL, we had some room to plant spaghetti squash (first time!) and sweet potatoes (first time as well)...and, the sweet potatoes have become mole and deer food, and we currently have 5 million squash blooms but only two squash🤦🏻♀️ Fortunately, we have one of the best farmer's markets around! Bill and I have been making weekly trips to the farmer's market and I'm convinced more than ever that we should just continue growing flowers and leave the vegetables to the pros!
OUR LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET⤵️
Look at this freshness!!
That little jar of Peach Preserves came from my local farmer friend Mary. She's my EGG LADY! If you want to read about her little farm, I did a blog post about her HERE! I LOVE her eggs!!
And, since we had all this farm fresh goodness, Bill made me some of his delicious pickles and I even made a loaf of zucchini bread! Oh, I also created a stuffed chicken and cheese chili rellenos casserole dish that I admit was pretty darn tasty! I'll be putting that recipe up soon.