Our hibiscuses are in full bloom. Actually, they'll be done blooming in just a couple of weeks. I enjoy them so much. They make the backyard feel like a tropical paradise. The flowers don't last long - two days each, at most - but there are so many buds and new ones open every day.
I made a really good dinner that we enjoyed a lot. It was sort of an antipasti-style meal. We had cold salami, provolone cheese, olives, artichoke hearts and roasted pepper, grape tomatoes, grilled zucchini and crusty bread. I also served another recipe from Nigellissima, Chili Tomato Sauce. It was quick and delicious, great for dipping the bread.
There have been days this summer which have felt a bit Lord of the Flies-ish at times but I think it's healthy. The LB made himself a bow and arrow and it's actually very good. He used a bendy branch and string for the bow and a piece of garden stake for the arrow. It works great and he's proud of his handiwork.
I've been bringing lavender into the house lately. I have two bushes in the front yard, one very large and flowering profusely. I had seen bouquets of lavender for sale in the store and realized that I could be using my own lavender that way. I put it in a small glass jar by my bedside and it smells wonderful for a couple of days.
I needed the happy reminders this week. It's nothing serious but I'm feeling stressed about a home-improvement project we've had going on here. It should be done soon; I have a plumber and a carpet-installer in the house today, and a sheet-rocker should be in next week. It was supposed to be a quick and easy job, just new carpeting in one room, but it went awry. Best-laid plans and all that. Ah, well. It's good to know things will be fixed.
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