Focus on the Beauty



We finally put in a garden only because my farmer's market had a two for one dollar sale on plants.  I scooped up peppers, a few tomato plants, a zucchini and some basil.  Let's see what grows!  We do not fence around the raised beds, so the rabbits, the groundhog (a fat well-fed groundhog) and the deer all will feast if they desire.



Since my monetary investment is minimal, I'm fine with the wilderness nibbling.


Frodo has been loving summertime.  He sits outside for hours on end, who knows what he is thinking about.  Sometimes, he gets bored so he places his frisbee in the pool then barks for me to get it.  He thinks it's great fun, so do I.  He is one of the very best ideas we've had in our marriage.  He will be eight years on in the fall and his puppy capers are over. Sometimes though, he acts silly and we smile and remember his youth.


Since summer is my least favorite season, I'm trying my best not to wish it away or complain like I usually do.  The best way for me to conquer my negativity is to focus on the beauty in nature.  I notice my delight of a window opened while the birds sing away.  Earlier this week, we had a fabulous thunderstorm and tons of rain came through.  I enjoyed having electricity throughout the storm and the free watering of the plants.

The day after the thunderstorm,  a low humidity day returned with cool breezes and peeks of sun in between the clouds.   June is easy for me to love and be grateful, it's end of July and August that my gratitude wanes.  I'll be working on that.


Looking forward to sharing with you some fun stuff on the weekends post, stay tuned!

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  1. I think summer is my least favorite season as well...love your idea about focusing on the beauty in nature. A good way to get thru this period!! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I love the pictures in this post. And I love Frodo's idea of entertaining himself.

    Like you, I'm not a summer person. I have been trying to think of positive aspects as well. Some days are easier than others. :-) Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Frodo is so cute. Our animals certainly do bring a lot of joy to our lives.

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  4. Frodo's idea with a Frisbee made me smile. A great way for you to cool down. Looking forward to hearing about your weekend.

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  5. I'm with you on trying not to be too crabby about summer...but it's hard. Sigh...

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  6. I love this post! My mother's favorite flowers were orange lilies and she grew them at our back door. I understand about sharing with the wildlife, but two of my roma tomatoes have been given up to voles. :/ You know how much I love seeing Frodo. We have such great memories of our 4 schnauzers. We're looking for a new puppy for our home!

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    1. And can you come over and get my lazy butt started on a backyard garden like yours? We do have to work on the front first as the whole cul-de-sac sees our dirt and rocks. Thank you for your recent visit. I had bought that yarn to knit a Lacy Loo but I had messed up on the lace panel, tried to rip back, but couldn't figure out where I ended up so I frogged the whole thing. Plus the gauge for that pattern is more for aran weight and I was trying to knit the biggest size on smaller needles which was a lazy and dumb no-no.

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  8. We are still waiting on the arrival of summer up here...it has been rain, rain and more rain. I am hoping we get some warmer sunshiny weather soon....I want summer! Have a beautiful weekend Karen.

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  9. July and August are my least favorite months also. Isn't funny how many knitters prefer cooler weather? I like your idea of focusing on the beauty of the season. I do so enjoy the longer evenings with light and the abundant summer produce. Here is a gardening tip from a friend. Place plastic forks around the plants - tines out - to create a little bit of a barrier and deter the bunnies and squirrels from eating the veggies. So far it is working pretty well in my garden.

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  10. I think summer is hit or miss, either people love it or they don't. I find the heat in California very oppressive and not at all fun. Good luck with your garden!

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  11. I love the variety of blooms in your yard - summer's colors are bold and bright. August is always hard for me, too. (most grateful that I'll be spending half of it in Alaska this year!)

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  12. I love the summer. But, even as much as I love it, some days the heat can be oppressive. In either extreme heat or cold, the older I get the faster I know it will seem to pass. ;) Frodo is just a happy camper! Love that! blessings ~ tanna

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  13. I'm with you: June is the best summer month. Although, if we go Up North in June, it is often too cold to feel like summer!

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  14. Beautiful photos, I am a summer person as long as it isn't too hot for too long as I miss the knitting, I love being outside with children and trying out lots of different summer activities with them

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  15. I love flowers, my heart sings when i see them..Don't like the heat, so summer is just not my fave, especially the extreme heat that shows up once in a while..weather is changing all the time..But if i can knit when its hot, then iam ok, if not, then i am not a happy camper..:-)

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  16. Lovely lilies - I planted some of these a couple of years ago, but sadly they have not returned. I quite like the summer as a season. We don't have the kind of heat that you have to cope with though, I can understand how it could get too uncomfortable. Frodo looks like a sweetheart :)

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