2010 Week 21
We had another super-busy-fun week here in the country. My cousin & her momma came to visit for the weekend, and although she will probably be less than pleased with me for posting the picture below, I will do it anyways because a) she’s gorgeous, and b) she’s having a Colorado adventure this summer so it’s not like she’s close enough to punch me anyways. Thanks for visiting, guys! It was great to see you! Please don’t punch me at Thanksgiving, C!
We had a great time relaxing, playing scrabble, and touring the booming metropolis that we live in. We made important decisions, like this year’s Thanksgiving get-together will feature a massive scrabble tournament. Meaning, I will be in training all summer/fall, since these two are ridiculously good players. Between them and my gramma, I’d be lucky to make it past the first round. And we my aunt, queen of poison ivy identification, made an important discovery:
Why, yes, that is poison ivy 10 feet from my back door. No wonder I am constantly covered in red, itchy spots! And now we will spend the rest of the summer trying to get rid of this little patch, as well as the large patch next to the driveway, and the ginormous climbing vine on one of the trees in the front yard.
And although the poison ivy will be a beast to combat this summer, we’re really fortunate that the rest of the backyard has exploded in beauty. The iris’ have bloomed for the past two weeks, and while they’re really pretty outside, they seem to be kind of stinky when brought inside.
These little blue things have also emerged, although I don’t remember them from last summer. We’ve got only a few of them, and their leaves are similar to cone flower leaves… does anyone know what they are? I think they’re pretty cool looking, and they add a hint of blue to our mostly pink & white flower garden.
The daisies that I stole from my mom’s garden last year are also blooming. They remind me of the first time I went to visit Jason – I was so nervous, but he was waiting at the airport for me with a bouquet of daisies. It was kind of perfect because daisies are sort of a simple, easy, happy flower, which is what our relationship was at the time. (And still is.) So you know I’ve plucked a few of these to stick in the kitchen window so that I have an excuse to smile while washing dishes.
And, finally, this week, the peonies started blooming. They smell amazing, and you can bet I’ll be dragging bunches of these into the house to enjoy in the upcoming weeks!
I typically make Jason walk around the back yard with me every evening to check out all of the new things that are blooming. It’s kind of goofy, but I am pretty thrilled that these plants are actually thriving under my care… especially since I don’t have a very good track record – just ask my very brown and mostly dead houseplants.
This weekend, I’m looking forward to grilling out with friends, working in the yard, and heading to our local farmer’s market. We’re keeping it low-key here, in anticipation for another fun round of visitors next weekend! What are your plans for the long holiday weekend?