We've had a quiet couple of weeks here at our house. Ike's caregiver was on vacation one week, then she took some days off for the 4th of July.
We've been getting lots of rain here, along with our mid-90* weather. The rain does help the mercury to stand still and stop climbing for a little while each day.
I think the crepe myrtles must really love the rain. They are all in bloom all over town.
Our summer skies are really breath-taking here in Florida. I know other places have beautiful skies too; but I am quite particular to ours.
I know Kepler doesn't get outside as much as she would like. I think she was trying to tell me she needed a little more vitamin D when she positioned her head to bask in this puddle of sunshine.
Doug is still planting seeds and harvesting a few veggies here and there. Nothing has produced like we expected it to, so for this next round of seeds he will be using a special fertilizer for each bucket. Yep, we have a garbage can full of cow manure in our back yard. ;)
I like to call this new addition to our garden "Bowl-o-Cilantro". (You can click to make the pictures bigger.)
Now...I'm a little hesitant to tell you this, because I'm afraid I might get fussed at; but that bowl? Yeah...it's Tupperwear. And yeah, it does have drainage holes now. Is that like really wrong? I'm telling you, I just could not resist doing it. How amazing does that cilantro look in that bowl???
The trick is to cut from a small quadrant of the full bowl when you need cilantro, then rotate and clip the next quadrant the next time you need it. That way it will continue growing in the bowl all the time. I am looking forward to some yummy dishes this summer!
We are still doing ok, financially. We did have to dip into the money we were saving for Doug's surgery during last week, as he didn't tutor. (The boys spent the week at church camp.) We received a $300 check in the mail, just in time to pay our utilities bills this week. We also received a HUGE check towards Doug's surgery. He will be calling today to set up his surgery date. He is a little nervous about that, as he's never had surgery before; but I know the Lord is going to see him through it with no complications.
By the way, we are still continuing to try to stay on our diet. I say "trying" because we got waylaid a little bit by the 4th of July. When you step out the door and smell barbecue grills cooking, it sets up a domino effect! We did have burgers...and then cupcakes, and then we struggled all weekend. However, on Monday, we got back on track and are doing well now. According to my doctor's scales, I am still the same weight I was this past February. Eh... And Doug, of course, has lost in the neighborhood of 30 pounds already. Yeah...I know. I want to just poke him in the eye, too! ;)
I leave you with a close up of Poppet. Doug was cleaning her cage this week and so I was spending a little one-on-one time with her. Then she bit my ear. And went right back into her cage!!! But she looks really cute here.
That's all for today!
Talk to you again soon,