a beacon of brightness, rain or shine.
'Sun Power' went on my wish list after reading a post last summer by Jennifer ~ I bet you can see why?!!
The rain & cooler temperatures over the weekend meant more time outdoors to enjoy the garden & patio. It felt SO nice to be able to wander out ANY time of the day versus only in the morning & evenings (like we've been doing these past scorching weeks.) It also energized me to do some small projects I hadn't felt like doing in the heat ~ like rearranging garden shelves.
Even tho the shelves aren't anything cool or fancy, they serve the purpose of vertical interest on the stucco wall plus give me somewhere to display some of my vintage watering cans & other unused gardening paraphernalia:
Incredibly, the basket of violas survived the 100 degree heat & are looking a lot perkier in the cooler temps.
Please ignore the "pansy" stake ~ there were none that said "viola!"
Most of you are already acquainted with our cat, Regis, and know he is only allowed outdoors with supervision. He generally hangs out in a patio chair, content to observe the birds & garden in comfort. However, when I turned around from rearranging the shelves, he had climbed up the back of the chair cushion & was in this position:
Not sure what that was about???
When I said his name, he popped right down & looked at me as if to say "What??" "Me??" "I wasn't doing anything."
A face that cute gets away with many, many transgressions!!!
One of the other jobs I did while puttering around was staking. So many plants falling over in the rain & in general need of tidying. I found a cool twine holder this spring which makes that job easier (and more fun!)
It's heavy, cast iron (I think?) with a rooster topper ~ just about perfect, right?!
It's been very handy to have outside ~ a purchase I've used a lot.
This week is supposed to heat back up & dry out so I guess the only sound of water we'll hear is from the little fountain:
That's okay. At least we got some rain ~ now I hope it spreads across the country to other parts that also need it.....