Recently, we've had very pleasant, sunny days. Wildflowers are growing all along the road. Coyotes have been howling close by every night (we love that sound). Owls hoot constantly. And did you see that big, gorgeous solstice full moon low in the sky a few nights ago? It was breathtaking.
Michelle and the boys came over yesterday, towing a riding lawn mower in a trailer behind their Four Runner. (Our lawn mower is having problems, and Michelle's mother-in-law very nicely offered the use of hers.) Michelle drove around, mowing the lawn, while Melissa and I played with the boys. And I did more work in that mess of an herb garden. But now the fenced garden area is mostly cleaned up, with just one more small, jungle-like section to attack. Melissa went to work in the morning and spent the afternoon at home.
Wild Things Around the House...
Roman and Rosie in the herb garden.
I have not planted one new thing this year, and I really wondered if I'd ever get this garden cleaned up. Finally, I'm making progress, and a few herbs have survived and even thrived.
Oregano. Beside Roman.
One really dumb thing I did last year was to plant lemon balm in the regular planter boxes. Then it went to seed, and it planted itself over all of the pathways of the herb garden, so I've spent a lot of time pulling that up. It's so fragrant, though! I handed a sprig to Roman, gave it a rub, and asked him to tell me what it smelled like. I thought he would say, "lemon," but instead, he paused, thought for a moment, and said animatedly, "Oh! It smells like a little bit of garden!"
In the House (not many photos this time)...
Jayden, who thought it was really funny to look at Rosie from this point of view.
Melissa, in a glow of light, because she is an angel. Don't you like those sandals?
Melissa's dinner, partially eaten. Salmon and roasted
asparagus with lemon-garlic vinaigrette and toasted pine nuts.
I'm swallowing my culinary pride to show this photo. (I'm kidding.) See that white beady stuff on the salmon? That can mean a couple of things. First, that the salmon was overcooked. Well, when I roast my salmon in the oven, I do it on high heat for about ten minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. This fillet happened to be thin, and I didn't check on its progress til the ten minutes were up. White beads! But the salmon was nice and moist and delicious, so we'll blame the whiteness on the other possible reason for it (or so I hear)-- if the salmon is especially cold when it's cooked, the white beads will form easily. I think that's got to be it!
After dinner clean-up, I talked on the phone with some of my favorite people in the world (my kids), did some before-bed tidying, went through the evening animal-care routine, and read for a while before going to sleep.