Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blue skies.


Sun! Blue skies! Warmth! Breezy! Put the plans aside. A day like this after so much rain is a day to be enjoyed. We spent the morning on the deck to let the yard dry out in the sun. It is a cozy spot with the gazebo giving us shade. The boys happily drew and wrote on the chalkboard, read books, told each other elaborate stories, cooed at the bird, played in the sandbox, and made up funny games.


I love sitting on the deck, reading a book or sketching while the boys play, drinking obscene amounts of espresso, watching the birds (while the boys add a sticker in their book for each bird they have seen), and listening to one of my playlists on the iPod speakers.


This afternoon after the yard dried a bit, we walked through to look at everything more closely. While there is some damage, it is not bad. Some hail damage to the swiss chard and cabbage. A few plants bent over a bit - but not broken. My bed with root veggies is covered in mud and holey, but overall it will survive. The water drained and dried with all the wind and sun today, so that helped a lot! And not surprisingly, one plus from all the rain is that things grew a LOT over a few days.

One of the beds yesterday - what was flat now has sinkholes from rain overflow:
Today - dirty and some hail damage, but still there!

And-------- raspberries!

In the afternoon I weeded and cleaned up the beds as the boys played in the grass...tag (well, I was "it" many times too!), hide and seek, fishing, truck races, bubbles...and they put on a special "play" for me. A "synchronized swimming" (!) skit. Many times. So interesting to see where imagination leads! And so great to be outside on such a nice day.

14 comments:

Eluciq said...

that lovely green...and what a wonderful day! i love the sandbox on the deck...that is awesome!

Lizz said...

Oh good! Sounds much calmer now.

Tara said...

I'm glad sunny days have returned and your garden is not lost. My raspberries are coming along, too. I'm looking forward to fresh berries for breakfast.

Lynch Family said...

Wasn't it a relief to get out! We spent the day outside too and plan to do the same today until we are driven in! Beautiful pictures of your yard!

so NOT cool said...

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today, meh ... It's feeling hot already, but I'm trying to be optimistic.

Our garden escaped mostly unscathed. I feel so bad for the poor farmers though, especially the organic ones.

Have another great day!!

RunninL8 said...

What a lovely day for you! I am SO needing a warm sunny day-it's just been BLAH here for like 2 weeks.
Your accounts of the weather have been terrifying! I'm so glad you all are well and that your hard work in the garden is still paying off!

Dawn said...

I'm so glad your garden escaped the storm largely unharmed. Your back porch time sounds so peaceful. You've mentioned that bird sticker book several times and I'm intrigued...I'm going to go look for it on Amazon now.

Cami said...

Isn't it nice to be able to stretch your wings after being confined inside for a while? I'm glad your garden didn't suffer too much damage and that you all are safe!

Sharon said...

I can barely make it out but it looks like Dove made the chalk board?! I'm glad to see you guys are sunny and well........everything looks beautiful!

Claudia said...

It seems like you've had a great day! We are enjoing the sun after one long rainy month, too...

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

your morning looks lovely

and a nice productive afternoon

Jen

Kellan said...

Sounds like the perfect day. Glad to hear you didn't have too much damage - the weather has been awful.

I'm Kellan, btw - nice to meet you. See you soon.

woolladyfelter said...

So glad that you are starting to dry out and your family is ok - including dovie.

Tammy said...

I bet it felt nice to have such a beautiful day after so much of the scary stuff you have been dealing with lately.

Again, I'm sure glad all is well with you and your family.