While the Sweet Peas were planted as usual in April, they took forever to climb the wire trellis in the raised beds. As I explained earlier, tree growth has further limited the amount of direct sun our vegetable garden gets.
Sweet peas usually bloom in July and are getting tired by August. But not this year. We finally have enough for a lovely, fragrant bouquet.
Some years ago my sister Laurie, who shares our July birthday month, gave me this little Josef July Birthstone doll. The July birthstone is the ruby. It was an antique store find, and I love it.
I don't know the vintage of this doll and I'm sure it is not quite as old as I am, since I was born in 1944 and they started making them in 1945, but it's probably at least half as old as I am.
She stayed in the cabinet during July, since I was out of it and there were no sweet peas. So now she has come out in August to stand on my kitchen counter with her July bouquets.
Life goes on at a slow pace here. Afternoons usually find me spending some time on the patio, reading or nodding off. Betsy Brown Cat has become a needy pest, here almost all day, meowing for attention. We don't know who she belongs to, but she loves us. After sufficient petting she will curl up on my lap for a nap.She really is a very sweet cat.