The days are lazy now. Temps in the mid 70's to low 80's are perfect.
When we get going in the mornings, sometimes earlier, sometimes later, we go for our exercise walk. We are doing about 3.25 miles these days, a little less than we used to. Recovery time is longer now.
After I shower off the sweat, I try to keep moving for a while. I might go out into the garden to pick flowers and arrange them for the house.
Wednesday I picked our first bouquet of sweet peas. Oh, the fragrance!
Old pitchers hold dahlias, butterfly bush,and cosmos for the family room.
Flowers for the downstairs bathroom include a star gazer lily. More wonderful fragrance.
Thursday morning our walk was later, but afterwards, I took my bucket and snippy scissors out into the garden to deadhead roses and dahlias and whatever catches my eye.
What also catches my eye are the butterflies flitting and dancing over the flowers, not willing to land for my camera to capture, and the bees buzzing about in the poppies.
I smell the sweet peas and are drawn to the color of the lilies and clematis.
Poppies pop and sunflowers nod.
What's that! Not a butterfly! A dragonfly!
I take time to stroll down the path to the deck, and find a chickadee drinking in the birdbath, and keeping an eye on that other guy sitting there.
Friday's job will be to clean out and refresh the bird baths.
We have been watching the Republican Convention in the evenings, and during the late morning and afternoon, we do a lot of reading and analysis: New York Times Opinion Page articles, Facebook links, newspaper articles. I share a few that I really like, much to the displeasure of some of my FB friends, I'm sure, but I really do consider truth to be important, and not too much of that has been on display lately.
Josy emerges from her long morning nap and joins us on the cool concrete of the patio. She likes to hang out with us.
Friday we'll go to breakfast with friends, and hopefully get a walk in afterwards, if it is cool enough. Saturday we'll go to a couple of open gardens and then I'll do some cooking for Sunday.
Sunday we'll travel down I-5 to join in on a family reunion, a cabin meeting and a 70th birthday party for my sister Laurie.
On Monday we'll slow down again.