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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Recipe for a perfect summer day

Take one sunny, warm day.

Add a hammock under a shade tree, one glass of sweet iced tea, and a good book.

Combine all ingredients for the entire afternoon.

Bliss.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nesting season

We have two pairs of nesting birds living in our yard this year. One is a pair of mockingbirds. They have a nest in a big camellia bush, and I am sure there are probably eggs in it, but I don't want to upset mom and dad by trying to peek.

I have a picture of a mockingbird nest from a few years ago that I would like to share. It was taken in the backyard of an apartment we lived in before getting married. I had to sneak in and snap a picture quickly before the parents tried to dive bomb me! Mockingbirds are very protective parents!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The full moon of May

I was treated to the sight of a beautiful full moon rising in the east yesterday as I drove home from work. It was rising in the midst of a bank of blue-gray clouds, and was almost the color of champagne. Lovely. Some people call this the Full Flower Moon, which seems appropriate. There are flowers blooming everywhere in this part of SC right now.

In my evening walks around the neighborhood, the smells of summer are in the air. Magnolias are blooming, as are lilies, honeysuckle, roses, jasmine, and gardenias. One neighbor of ours has the most gorgeous rose garden, with huge old rose bushes sprawling and climbing everywhere. Another neighbor that I met recently has a huge vegetable garden. He is an old man that grows most of it to give away to food banks. He has over 100 tomato plants, rows upon rows of butterbeans, cucumbers, squash, watermelons, and several peach trees. It really puts my tiny little garden to shame!

I only planted 8 tomato plants this year, and gave the rest away. I wanted to keep my garden small so that I don't end up overwhelmed by July. My herbs are doing great. In fact, I will be harvesting lavender flowers later this week. My tea herbs are coming along very well. I already have extra basil and oregano to share, and the rosemary bush is getting really big.

I just love this time of year. This has also been a cool May so far, and my tomatoes are flowering like crazy! I always worry when the heat sets in too early because too much heat and humidity will cause tomatoes to fail to set fruit. We are having nights in the 50's, and days only in the high 70's...perfect tomato weather.

Today is cloudy and a light rain is falling. I hope it clears up before tonight so I can do a bit more full moon gazing. Happy Flower Moon!

Friday, May 6, 2011

What I've been up to

Ah, how I love a day off.

Even a day like today that is going to be spent catching up on a mountain of housework. How two childless adults can make such a mess is a mystery to me. It seems I spend all of my spare time just trying to catch up on the basic necessary stuff. Then by the time another day off rolls around, it's a huge mess again. It just never ends. Still, I guess it beats a day at work. At least I can stop occasionally and play around online!

I finally finished the baby hat I've been knitting on since my friend was pregnant with the recipient. The child that is almost a year old. And guess what? She's too big for it now! I am so disappointed. Thank goodness my friend plans to have more kids. I'm going to give it to her for the next baby. Sigh.

I did manage to get my garden planted. I am trying to not get in over my head this year, so I only have 8 tomato plants. I also have lots of herbs, but those are no trouble. I am looking forward to homegrown tomato sandwiches and herbal teas.

That's what has been going on in the Burning Moonlight household this week!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day

Wishing my friends and followers a most joyous May Day, Beltane, and start of summer!