Monday, June 20, 2016

First day of Summer!

Ok, time needs to slow down a bit. Spring is behind us and I think summer will speed by much too quickly. I've been keeping busy with the yard and garden and coming close to being finished with painting mom's house. DH has found a bit of energy and has taken interest in organizing his barn. Every now and then he will bring me a rediscovered gift such as a restrung cast off wind chime which I immediately find a home for in the garden, or a newly sharpened garden shear. HE has taken a few motorcycle rides which I am happy to see. Every little activity builds strength so I keep encouraging him to keep busy when he feels up to it.
 In between the household chores, I am taking a little time to enjoy life.

The spring rains have kept things blooming...I picked this bouquet from the garden for lunch with mom.
It was a warm day but we enjoyed the first garden lunch of the season together. Her requested crab salad with water crackers and cucumbers, pastries, pina' colada for her, strawberry daiquiri for me. 

I even took time to attend Antiques on the bluff in St. Joe with my bud Leslie. There were so many things I would have bought if I had a second home...or cottage. It was a beautiful morning.

As for the painting, the porch and decks were dark green and now they lightened up with a fresh coat of Simply Sage. I like it so much better. I spend most evenings out there swinging (sometimes with wine) and just winding down after a busy day.

The "Ghost mirror" was a find from Antiques on the bluff.
Evenings on the porch have been so relaxing.

I love my bike but was bored with it so I did a little makeover. This is the before pic.
This is after lots of browsing Pinterest.... taping off and sanding...

A soft shabby blue paint called "Cove" did the trick. 

I even got in some beach strolls...some sunny.....
some not so much....

but always treasures to be found.

Last week I found a box of my vintage laces I had organized and misplaced last year. (The laces on the board leaning against wall) I found them in a box neatly placed on cards at the bottom of my stacked boxes in the studio. So much for organizing, but a happy find.
I did get in some stitching in the garden too.

A couple weeks ago I took a drive to St. Joe with mom and we found ourselves having lunch by the water as we watched an elderly gentleman reel in some pretty large fish.It reminded me of dad and how he loved to fish.

Although the color bursts come and go in my garden, I enjoy it as much as possible,even at night.

So that pretty much sums up my spring. The past week and the week ahead have and will be hot, so I work around the heat because I can no longer handle it. Early morning garden watering and mowing and evening porch swinging will be all I'm up to these hot and humid days.
Enjoy your days.

Happy first day of summer!


  1. Oh Pat I feel calmer just looking at your porch photos. I love your pretty lunch setting with your dear Mom. Your posts are a joy. So glad your hubby is up to doing a bit more.

  2. My daughter and I were recently talking about the class we took with you several years ago. I remember the serenity of your garden, and now that I'm retired, I hope to bring some of that same serenity to my garden. I hope you have a wonderful, restful summer!

  3. On my dear MB, what a treasure you have written. So glad Hubby is doing well and finding treasures for you. A little extra treat. Time with Mom and just time for our MB also. The antique lace? Now that is a treasure-girl you are just a treasure to me anyway. So enjoy the summer and just be a bum like I am. A relaxed retired bum and it feels so good. Hugs and hugs oxoxxooxxo

  4. Oh and I forgot the bike looks so spiffy and the porch. I just could go on and on but couldn't forget those pretties . oxoxxox

  5. Always such lovely posts Pat!

  6. How I wish we had a lovely porch like yours...unfortunately it's hard to get the same effect with a dinky little balcony. Nice to see your Mom looking so well and happy, and glad to hear your hubby is going better too. Take care of you!

  7. Belated happy first day of Summer to you to with love! xxx
    envious of your beach combing finds, I'm right in the middle of England and so far from a beach! (About 70 miles as the crow flies).
    Enjoy your Summer! xxx

  8. sounds like you are enjoying it!! Good for you!

  9. Your garden is lovely and I like the night lights!


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