Slice of Life in August

A Slice of Life in August….right before the kids all begin to start back to school around here.

It was 91 degrees on Tuesday when I took the twins to a local creek. For the most part, one wades in the shallow end, and there is a little ‘island’ to collect seashells on, but there was a spot that was deep enough for swimming as well.

Late afternoon, a few thunderstorms moved through and then the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees within an hour.

We now have a forecast of highs in the mid-70’s and lows in the 50’s for days on end. Glorious!

No loud window air conditioners running, just open windows and the drowsy hum of the cicadas and the other insects that make up the August orchestra.

Peaches on the windowsill, tomatoes ready to pick and a new bloom in the mystery wildflower bed ( a packet of mixed seeds….some I recognize, this I do not. )

Indoors the light is changing a bit…I notice more of a contrast of sun and shadows earlier in the late afternoon.

I am about 2/3 of the way through in regards to tying this quilt top now. One short side and long side are done and I started the binding ; it will be less boring this way to go back and forth between tying and sewing. I am bringing the back to the front on this one.  I’ve not done that recently but I have done it on older quilts and yes, it holds up just fine :)

I thought to show you what I call The Gauntlet now :)   The bees are generally not bothered when I come in close for a photo, but when I go by with the mower they are a bit annoyed. In this gauntlet I have to pass by the hydrangea bush and two russian sage areas, all swarming with bees.

I go as fast as I can with apologies all the way through!

Some flowers on the other side….

Then on that same side, the hyacinth bean vine is climbing and growing. In the past, I have soaked these seeds for days on end to get them going, then nutured them with daily water….so I find this to be hilarious. These are ‘volunteers ‘ this year ! :)

Here is my garden surprise viewed from the porch :)

I also have two cherry tomato ‘volunteer’ plants from last year growing in the back, alongside the regular tomatoes that I planted.

If you garden, do you get surprises like this sometimes ?  

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18 Responses to Slice of Life in August

  1. Karen says:

    almost all of the marigolds in my garden this year are from last years blooms so that was nice indeed. I should let some of the tomatoes fall and leave them in the garden and see if they will come back next year seeing as we most likely will be traveling a bit when Mike finishes this last contract job I will not be planting much as I would not be here to enjoy and now that Melanie is working full time at a job she loves she will not have time to take care of a garden.
    I love the time of year also when the windows are open and you hear the birds and not the A/C – woke up to 64 degrees and low humidity – the windows are open

  2. Karen says:

    and meant to say the twins are beautiful as always

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, the girls are having fun playing in the creek. They are cute! Your flowers are beautiful. I tried some store bought peaches and they were just so-so. I love home grown tomatoes. The weather is cool and nice here too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  4. I noticed a few days ago that my Hyacinth Bean vine had one bloom! I just love those.
    Brenda

  5. Joanna says:

    The pictures of those sweet little girls playing in the creek are priceless. Humm, I’m not sure what your mystery flower is, but it’s pretty. Love hyacinth bean vine and this is a good reminder to plant some next year. I too am enjoying cooler weather.

  6. FlowerLady says:

    What a wonderful place to relax and wade or swim.

    Your flowers are oh so pretty, your grass so green, and your quilting lovely as always.

    Your cooler weather sounds fantastic. Hot and humid down here in s.e. FL.

    Have a great Friday and weekend ~ FlowerLady

  7. It’s a truly beautiful day in your neighborhood, and I LOVE that the girls are swimming in a creek. What a throwback to the days of old. The temps have dropped here as well.

  8. Kyle says:

    What a delightful afternoon with your granddaughters. Hoe special to enjoy swimming in a beautiful natural area. Glad you and the bees get along despite the noise of the lawnmower.

  9. Margie Miller says:

    I always love your quilts and the photos of your grandchildren and the cute dog.

  10. Your photos of the kids in the creek are so good! And I love your garden vegetables and flowers. I’m envious of your cool weather. Thanks so much for sharing all this. mary in Az

  11. Judy Miller says:

    Had to turn the furnace on last night. 47 degrees this morning–in August?

  12. Kim says:

    I have never been swimming in a creek. I think I’m missing out! ;)

  13. Robin says:

    That stream looks so refreshing and fun. You are braver than I am to mow past those bees. My youngest got stung one summer as he was riding back and forth on his Big Wheel past an unknown hive. Poor little guy. The Hyacinth Bean Vine is so lovely. What a bonus!

  14. Joyce says:

    The girls remind me of our own set of twins – but ours are not identical. Yours are so full of life and joy. Beautiful photos, as always!
    Any “surprise” around here in my “garden” would be that something didn’t die with an hour of me planting it! :) But seriously, my impatiens window boxes and hostas along the house do magnificently well year after year. But that is all I can grow!

  15. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Your gardens are so beautiful! I used to have sunflowers coming up in very odd places. We finally figured out the seeds had been taken from the bird feeder and stashed by chipmunks!

  16. Val Reynolds says:

    Hi Deb! Stopping by to catch up on your posts. I always love to see you flowers, grands and stitching. YOur newest sewing project I’m looking forward to watching your progress….it’s going to be stunning.

  17. The creek looks cool and refreshing, and fun! Love your garden photos. We always have lots of volunteer plants because we have lots of squirrels and they spread the seeds out everywhere. This year it was zucchini!

  18. Have you ever thought of borrowing your grandson’s football gear so that you can mow your lawn in safety?!!
    Enjoy that cooler weather!
    Wren x

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