Thursday, August 23, 2007

hooray, there are still things blooming

Nearly Wild
Okay, I know this won't be popular with those of you who still need rain, but I've had enough for awhile! We haven't had the flooding amounts that they received south of us, but for the past week it has been grey, drizzly, and/or outright raining. I'm ready for sunshine. And bring back some of those 80's, too, please!

I was feeling like my gardens were done, and it's only August 23rd for heaven's sake. So this afternoon between rain showers and drizzles, I took the dogs out and we did a little garden recon. There is still color in the garden! Hooray! So over the next few days I'll show you some of the things blooming, a few of them reblooms - that's always fun!

Balloon flower

Mark has been out of town on business all week, which probably accounts for some of my blahs. I've been doing fun stuff like moving the compost pile to a new home, edging and weeding gardens (between showers - the weeds pull out really easily at least!), roasting tomatoes, etc.

Well, yes, I have had some real fun too. There has been very little wind and the grey skies have kept boaters off the lake, so I did get in a couple of wonderful kayak paddles. Tuesday I did 4.2 miles - on my own - and that felt great. Here's one of the things I love about kayaking: you go out and at some point you think, okay I have to turn around - I'm tired. And then you get back home and you realize that you have energy left! You could go out and do a couple more miles! It is just that much fun. I love it. Down side is I sit in water in mine (sit-on-top model), and very soon I am going to need some neoprene shorts. Once it starts dipping into the 50's at night, our lake starts cooling off quickly. Most of the summer the lake is like a tepid bath - not even refreshing on a hot day. But it is starting to cool down, so I'll be doing some on-line shopping very soon.

All Summer Beauty - starting to turn its fall colors


Susie said...

Gorgeous blooms Kris! I'll gladly send you a bit of my heat. How's 15ยบ? Then we can both be a bit more comfy.
Our our last trip to the coast we enjoyed watching the sea kayakers. I can imagine how much fun you're having on that beautiful lake..

Layanee said...

Fall is coming whether we want it or not! It is getting cool here also but tonight it is 66 degrees at 9:02 so that is comfy.

Karen said...

Beautiful flowers! Why is that when I come over here, I feel as though someone sent me flowers? I just ooh and ahh:)

Your kayak sounds like a blast.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Hi Kris! The photos are so soothing. I love the cool colors in the last two. I love the rain so when you blog about you getting your share it makes me smile! Hugs, Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

T*mmy said...

The balloon flowers are soooooo pretty!
The rain stopped and now the temps are sizzling once again 93 right now...sigh...
I'm ready for fall myself!

Zoey said...

Hi Kris,
I hope it dries out for you soon. We got a small bit of rain yesterday and a bit more today. I am planning and looking forward to spending the weekend inside.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Connie said...

Lovely photos...I especially like the 'Nearly Wild' rose with the raindrops glistening on it! Reminds me of my native N.D. state flower, the wild praire rose.

Laurie & Chris said...

You sure have gotten your money worth out of your kayak. We have dark most of the week and really cold now it is so hot you don't want to even go out side. I can't stand the humid weather.Any way the blooms you have shown so far are great.