Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Weekend

 Summertime and picnic season is here!!! My first potato salad on Sat, devoured on Sunday at the church picnic!! I chose to stay inside most of the day since the temps were near 90 although predicted higher.  Clouds came in the morning and it didn't get warmer til afternoon. Fine by me!
 After making potato salad, I ventured outside and took some photos of my hydragenea in our side lawn.

 Phil decided to mow the lawn. Out front is dried because we've chosen not to water. There's a drought going on in Oregon and saving on water is good. He'd sprayed dandelions, in the front, last weekend and this weekend mowed them down! Always a constant battle with them and the blackberries, which I chopped back the other week by the house! Again! Glad to have him home all weekend. He's had quite a bit of overtime at work these past few weeks!
 New little purple flowers under our big white pine tree. Almost looks like a bleeding heart.
 I didn't plant them.
 A lovely lady bug running around on these leaves.
 Two green bell peppers coming on in our garden. Megan jumped ahead of me in the gardening area this year. I was too busy with other activities so she forged ahead.  The garden below is small. Tomatoes have plastic around them as a green house affect. Gives them some warmth to grow better. I anticipated clear plastic not plastic bags.  The spot they are in isn't the best for sun. We need to move them into buckets and sit them in the sunnier spot to the east. Will see how these grow. Tomatoes don't grow well here as there's too much shade where we live.  Putting them out front isn't a good option. People tend to take things, so why grow them there?

Alas, another foxglove has appeared in the back lawn. Phil saved it from the lawn mower!
 Raspberries from our back fence neighbor's. He said we could eat what's on our side.  They have  big cabbages across on their side. No cabbage patch babies found! "Although with the cabbage moth flying around, there might be many footed caterpillars around, " said David, my neighbor.
 Fast forward to Sunday and outdoor church and picnic. Highway Home leading the singing.

 Looking up through the trees and seeing the fluffy clouds that obscure the sun for a cooler day. Felt a few raindrops when we got there. But rain stayed away. Maybe thunderstorms later in the evening!  A  last look at some of the trees. Plan is to build a big multipurpose building close to this area with basketball courts and place to hold weddings/receptions. Community outreach. Waiting for permits from the city to go forth.
 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:1-2{NKJV}
 My tray of food. Little bit of potato salad in upper right corner by watermelon is all the potato salad I could get out of the bowl. Lots of people ahead of us. A friend of mine said she got some and people know I make a good potato salad. It doesn't last long. I could make bigger but I choose not to. We had a good time talking with friends afterwards while eating. It was 78 degrees when Phil 
and I headed home.
Highway Home bluegrass band. They are great to listen to. Rick, in the middle, and Randy, on the right, go to church with us. I was able to get closer to them after church. They were the music entertainment for the potluck dinner.  
We are headed into a hot week of weather so will see how well we do when out and about.
Till next time, have a great week and God's blessings to you! Thanks for coming in for a visit and leaving sweet comments!


Betsy said...

It looks as though you had a wonderful day at the picnic. It was 109 degrees here about an hour ago when I checked. Too hot!!! We've been swimming and hibernating since church today.

Linda W. said...

Looks like your garden is doing well! Ours survived despite being gone for four days in Montana.

mamasmercantile said...

Looks like a great picnic, if I lived nearer I would be the first in line for the potato salad it looks delicious. Coincidently Colman's mustard is made in Norwich where my eldest daughter lives they have a wonderful museum there and shop. Apparently we are expecting a heat wave here this week.

Mereknits said...

Becky, it looks like a wonderful weekend with lots to get done and lovely time with good food and friends.

TamaraB said...

Love the "volunteer" flowers in the garden, very pretty. Yeah, Ladybugs! Great idea with the bags on the tomatoes, need to give that a shot. Looks like you had a great time at the picnic too. Temp was pretty decent too when you left, getting up there but still reasonable. Blessing for that shade. Love that they did "When the roll is played up yonder" Love that one, they do such a great job!! Good times, great company, yummy food AND The Word... what more can you ask for.