Sunday, June 26, 2016

June Time



Yesterday was a typical summer Saturday for Rob and me. We played with our cats, mowed and edged the yard, and cooked up some marinara sauce from our homegrown tomatoes.

On Saturdays I like to do things slowly and daydream a lot instead of working efficiently. (I watch birds while hanging out the laundry, for example.) I don't like to talk about anything serious. As soon as Rob woke up yesterday morning, I announced, “If Carl had been a girl I would have named him Daisy Dumpling.”

We started the day playing with Buntin, our high-maintenance tortie, in the front bedroom, a room normally closed to cats because it contains our best furniture. Buntin loves to sneak in there and get special attention from us away from the other cats, and we don't really discourage her. Yesterday we sat on the floor and petted her and complimented her, as we usually do, and we even cajoled her into taking her asthma medicine, which was dissolved in a little blue bowl of kitten milk.

We held our breath while Buntin licked daintily and agonizingly slowly at her bowl of milk and asthma medicine. (It's a real struggle to get her to take her medicine because she's such a diva.) When she finally finished, we congratulated her and complimented her even more, and she started running around the room, showing off, opening all the cabinets and rolling on the rug.

“She can tell how happy we are that she finished her medicine,” Rob said. “Look how proud she is. She's full of beans.”

Then it was time to mow and edge and do all our other yard maintenance. The day was burning hot and brilliantly sunny, and we kept stopping each other to say, “Hey, look how sweaty I am.” It really was amazing.

In the evening, we made our marinara sauce. I was in charge of picking the herbs. I filled a basket with oregano and Greek Columnar basil, and when I brought it inside it filled the whole kitchen with fragrance. I thought the basil smelled especially delightful and unusual—cinnamon-y and perfumey, almost like incense.

We used 10 pounds of heirloom tomatoes and seven chubby cloves of homegrown garlic in our sauce. It simmered through two episodes of Grimm and several old Law and Order reruns. Rob kept the oven timer next to his bowl of snack mix in the living room and got up every 15 minutes to stir the pot.

Mountainmint and prairie coneflower by the Vine House
A clay teapot in the jelly cupboard on the breezeway. I got this long ago in Taiwan when I taught English there for a year.
More clay teapots
A fairy table (in the house rather than outside). The dishes are old Barbie dishes.


My new "Pebbledash" birdbath from Tallahassee Nurseries. I'll get some better pictures when I finish gardening around it. I want to plant some ferns around the base.


Plumbago on the landing in front of the utility room


I love caladiums.


Sophie looking cute at home by her pool

13 comments:

  1. Leslie, I just love your 'weekend' stories! All your photos are charming, and so is your new birdbath. Such a cute niece too! Thanks for sharing. _Janice

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    1. Thanks, Janice! Sophie will appreciate your comment too!

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  2. I love waking up to a new post from you. :-) It's like reading a soothing short story with beautiful pictures to boot (Sophie is becoming such a pretty young woman!). And that feather with the caladiums ~ that would cause my 75 pound blue pit to jump sky high. She is terrified of feathers (no joke - weird dog). LOL

    Seeing your treasures has always inspired me ~ love the clay teapots. I'm still jealous of that candelabra you found years ago. I've had my eye out for one ever since. They are not easy to find!

    Always a treat, Leslie. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Your comments are always so awesome. You need to be blogging again! You are such a good writer!

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  3. Sounds like the perfect sultry, summer day. How wonderful that you cook together using your own home-grown ingredients.
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks, Daisy! The cooking is fun, but it tends to take up our whole weekend. We are very inefficient!

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    2. Daisy, maybe I am crazy, but I can't figure out how to comment on your blog anymore. Are comments disabled? I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your post on tropical sage. Love your native plant profiles!

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  4. What a lovely, peaceful day you had.

    Sophie is not a little girl any more, but a pretty young lady.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! And Sophie says thank you too!

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  5. Hello Leslie! Thank you so much for visiting my little blog the other day. So sorry that it took me a while to respond but I have been away and wanted time to come over and visit your lovely site before I replied! I loved seeing photos of your beautiful cottage and reading about your perfect "slow" weekend. I shall really enjoy following along and reading about your garden and home. It all looks so pretty and charming! Thank you too for your very generous comments...not deserved I am sure but I was very pleased you enjoyed visiting.
    - Kate xx

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comment, Kate! I love your blog--it is so beautiful. Your photography and garden design really blow me away!

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  6. Hi Leslie, Sounds like a perfect Saturday. I love your new birdbath and can't wait to see how you finish landscaping around it. Ferns should go nicely with it. I have that same little Barbie tea set. Tiny dishes are always so cute. I'm on vacation right now but I've heard it's very hot there right now. Hope your yard is hanging in there. I hope mine is, too!

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I hope you have a great vacation and that you get plenty of rain at home while you're gone!

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