Good afternoon from steamy Illinois! It's in the 90's today and will be more of
the same tomorrow. Temps will be falling by this weekend into the 60's and 70's.
I love summer, but I'm pretty tired of the extreme heat and am looking forward
to cooler weather. Most of my outdoor plants are still hanging in there with
all this warmth and sun ~ and the herb garden is bursting! I cut down all my
basil the other day and made a big batch of pesto.
Tiger lilies, which are so prolific in early summer, are now scraggly and wasting
away. My bike looks pretty silly amongst the dead lilies now. Brian will need
to hang it back up in the garage.
Brian and I usually take a mile walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
I've always loved this neighbor's front yard gardens. I go much more for for
the cottage look than the perfectly structured, orderly look. The woman who
lives here is an artist - can you tell?
We walked past another neighbor's house that re-did their front porch.
I not only love the railings, but I'm really impressed with how they incorporated
a couple of planter boxes along the side of the porch. The owner of this house
did all this work himself. Wonder if he's for hire?
Sometimes a girl just needs a little pick-me-up. Something pretty that doesn't
cost much. JC Penney had sent me a $10 coupon for my birthday, so I picked
out this bracelet that was on clearance, plus a pair of earrings (not pictured).
Even better when things are free!
I love to paint my toenails in vivid colors during the sandal wearing months...
this bright green color in a mini bottle made me smile. Cover Girl has a bunch
of new, pretty colors for only $2.99.
I saw a knitted mug cozy on etsy and really wanted one - but I don't knit!
So I posted the etsy picture on my Facebook page and asked who would
like to knit me one - and an acquaintance of mine said she would.
Isn't it pretty? It keeps your coffee or tea warm longer, too. And feels so
good in your hands.
Tim's old Honda bit the dust last month. He put so much time and money
into this car, trying to fix everything himself - but in the end, it wasn't enough.
We had no choice but to sell it for parts only. One of Brian's coworkers
bought the car today and came and towed it away. Buh-bye little Honda.
Tim is still carless, so it's a good thing he lives close to school and work.
He walks to both - and he lives in an area where there's a bus system -
so that's always an option.
Tomorrow is the day we're going to IKEA to get the bookcases for the
downstairs family room. We decided on.....the WHITE! Thanks for all
who commented on my post about whether to get the white or black
bookcases. I think the black would be overwhelming and too dark in the
basement, especially with a lot of other black furniture. Someone also
mentioned seeing a lot of dust on black furniture, and she is right. I'm
constantly having to take a microfiber cloth to the black ladder bookcase
in my living room - it shows so much dust and cat hair.
Here's the bookcase system we've decided on...
Doubt if this will even hold all my books, though we're also going
to get a shorter piece to go along a smaller wall. And we don't have
a truck, so we'll have to have all this delivered. Hope it doesn't take
long! I'm excited to get my books out of storage and all set up again.
What's going on in your corner of the world? How's the weather
where you live? Are you done gardening for the season? Have you
bought anything just for yourself lately? Let's chat!