Saturday, July 17, 2010

Swimming, biking and the Great Mystery Garden

Summer is my season.  I've said that here before, I know. In fact, I said it in my very last post! Our days have been filled, filled to the brim, with all sorts of good things. Someone gave us one of those large blue pools that are now a ubiquitous part of neighborhood backyard life. Setting the thing up and learning how to keep the water clean was a LOT more work than I anticipated, but it has been really worth it. Sami learned to swim within one day of getting the thing, and Oliver couldn't be happier than when he is in the water. Also, it has been a great magnet for neighborhood kids, making our house THE place to hang out when the mercury is hovering around ninety -- which is most of the time this summer. That has been great for all of us, including yours truly, who now can actually sit pool-side and chat with the other mothers.

And then there is the biking. A new bike rack for the car plus hot, hot temperatures have pushed us towards the woods, exploring local mountain bike trails. And the only thing that Oliver loves more than the water is riding his bike. Combine the two? Perfect!

And then there is the garden. I know, I'm a total dork to take pictures of our garden -- and even more so since I'm posting them on my blog -- but, but, check out these grapes!
And these beets? I didn't even plant them! Seriously, I don't know how they got there. Maybe they were in the packet of mixed greens seeds?

And the big mystery plant that sprouted from the compost is a mystery no more!

Can you see what I see?

A nearly ripe pumpkin. In July!! How amazing is that?  I see pumpkin bread in our very near future.

And speaking of food, if you aren't yet tired of hearing about my garden and the foods we get from it, I have a new post up over at (Never) Too Many Cooks. Pop on over and check it out.

Next post: back to our regularly scheduled programing with a tale of the most awesome grilled cheese sandwich ever made. Stay tuned!


  1. Damn. I was so happy reading your post but now all I can think about is cheese toasties (what we call grilled cheese). Damn you.

  2. Will you adopt me? Your summers sound so much more appealing than mine! LOL

  3. Just cook for me!!LOL

  4. ...and me? Wow, looks like a most awesome summer. Three cheers for being able to talk with other moms poolside!

  5. Awesome! I have to say, I'm jealous of the 90* temps. We've been in the upper 70s for a couple of weeks, and as much as that is MY personal perfect summer, it sucks for the pool sitch.
    Also, the salt water filter? beyond awesome.