It’s the last weekend of summer, which means it’s a sad time around here. Faces are glum, moods are down, and we’re already counting down the days until it comes around again.
So, what better way to hold onto summer than to have a little Summer Flashback full of the strange visitors to my garden, plenty of men in skirts, and a few adventures.
First off, those of you who follow this blog will have noticed my mention of the Big Health Scare over the past few weeks. I’m not going to go on about it in a blog post except for a brief mention at the end of this one, but if you’ve been curious about what’s been happening you can read the scary story HERE.
Alright, let’s take a look at Summer 2019…
While I expect to see plenty of birds and squirrels hanging around my garden, this year I had an array of strange visitors.
The first visitor brought along the family. Yes, throughout most of the month of June we had a momma raccoon coming around with her four super cute babies. The babies weren’t exactly the most graceful things so it was great fun to watch them trying to follow their rather agile mom.
There also was this delicate looking dragonfly….
Then this guy showed up. I thought he was a stray, but it’s actually our neighbors’ cat, Hubert, who hates their dogs. He still hasn’t left and is now camping out on our patio.
Another neighbor’s pet also started hanging around earlier this month and now stops by every afternoon…
Men in Skirts
This year, as you’ll recall, Mr Husband and I made a trek out to enjoy a day full of Scottish sights and sounds at the Portland Highland Games. And by sights, I mean men in kilts (swoon). You can relive the day in this post or you can settle for this picture of Finn dressed up for the event…
But the Scots weren’t the only men in skirts of the summer. Mr Husband’s now-retired boss has a huge shin dig each year with food, beer, and, um, entertainment. This year the entertainment included their version of the classic tale “Cinder-Yeller.” I’m sure there were plenty of children there who are now traumatized.
After last summer’s incessant heat waves, bone dry weather, and wildfires, it was a relief to have a mild summer with occasional rain showers to keep the garden happy. My tomatoes did terribly in the cooler temps, but the rest of the garden was blooming like gangbusters, including these gems….
A Few Adventures
We started the summer out with a quick trip up to Alaska to visit Mr Husband’s son (okay, technically it was before the start of summer). The views were gorgeous and, if you’re interested, you can see more photos from the trip HERE.
There were also a couple local adventures including some paddle boarding as well as a day out to Tryon Creek State Park to stretch our legs…although after this shot, Finn spent most of his time in the backpack.
And, thanks to an urgent request from the editor of Horticulture magazine, last weekend I had to endure a tough day of research at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
The Bad Side
Unfortunately, this summer wasn’t the best. To start the season off, Mr Husband (after returning from Alaska) got nasty sick and took a long time to feel fully better, which stole a lot of our paddle boarding and adventure time.
Then, in August, just as we were planning a trip to the Oregon Coast, came the start of my Big Health Scare which ended up gutting most of the fun from the end of summer. Again, if you want to learn what happened, you can read about it HERE and see how I celebrated finally getting the news I wasn’t going to die.
How was your summer? Or winter, if you’re on the other half of the globe. Be sure to leave a comment to share your seasonal highs and lows!
I’ll be back next Wednesday with some writing updates. See you then!