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It’s Tuesday, right?

And August 1!  In the summer especially, it seems like the days kind of run into each other and it’s hard to keep track.  Vacations, family get togethers, all that fun stuff.   And since my kids are older, I don’t have to worry about school schedules anymore.

I’ve taken a few pictures of my yard to show you what I’ve been up to so far.


These are our first ripe tomatoes.  We’re waiting for JP to come over this afternoon to pick them.  He’s very excited about Papa’s tomatoes turning red so he can pick them, but he’ll be the first to tell you he doesn’t like tomatoes.  To eat.  But ripping them off the vine and bringing them in the house to wash in the kitchen sink?  Yes!

My little herb garden.  My basil plant is HUGE and the rosemary and sage are not far behind.  I forgot to take a picture of the thyme but it has it’s own separate area because it needs sun and afternoon shade.  I love growing herbs, but I admit I’ve only used the basil so far.  Recipe ideas for the other herbs, anyone?

These are my Rose of Sharon tree and bushes.  They are incredibly pretty this year, just covered in blossoms.  I think they’re called red, but they’re actually more of a deep purple pink with a reddish throat.  I can see them in the corner of my yard from my kitchen window and the color is such a welcome sight.

I didn’t take a picture of the Knock Out Roses surrounding my sunroom because I had to cut them all back after picking off and drowning nearly 100 Japanese beetles.  I found more yesterday in the Rose of Sharon.  I normally do not get this excited about killing bugs, but these things made my rose leaves look like pieces of lace and then the larvae from the eggs they lay will become the grubs that eat grass roots next spring.  So, I fill a plastic container with sudsy water and, with the lid, gleefully knock the horrid beetles into the container.  The next day, rinse out the container and repeat!