Three stems of lilies from the farmer's market last week have produced too-many-to-count flowers. A real beauty.
I explored the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a few weeks ago to see some giant lotus flowers in real life. Sometimes I forget how important it is to put down the to do list, go out, and explore somewhere new. Trying to keep that in mind as we start moving toward the busiest part of the year.
I'm on a plant diet this year. I did buy a basil plant and a lavender plant and was gifted a jasmine plant that I'm killing, and I purchased two succulents that are dying, and I got one orchid months ago, BUT THAT'S IT. Oh, and I got some mint from my mom's house, a few tomato and cucumber plants, both of which are also slowly hating me while they expire. And I guess I had a little pot of flowers that definitely died on June 1... But really, that's it.Read More
WHY DID WE COME BACK FROM VACATION? VACATION IS THE BEST LIFEEEEEE. Real life just does not compare.
This post is packed with photos because I just could not say no to any of them. Before we left for our trip, Brad and I were both at stress levels of 1000 out of 100. We both had crazy work stuff going on when we left, and leaving just felt like pressing pause in the middle of a storm. It took a few days to really get out of the work state-of-mind and into the vacation state-of-mind, but once we made it through the weeds, it was truly rejuvenating. We spent the week learning more about each other and ourselves and discovering a new way we could exist - blissfully enjoying early morning sunrises and late night stargazing.Read More
A Sunday spent on a very long walk with Rosie, then cooling her down after she was way too hot.
Dealing with Summer has been a CHALLENGE this year. We moved to an apartment without central AC and with lots of bright windows. As much as I love it, it is a difficult adjustment. But I've been successfully dealing with this hot, chaotic Summer by reading library books and not typing away on my close-to-catching-fire computer (it's great to unplug every night), and letting my tea cool to a nice 60 degrees before drinking it each evening. I'm trying not to move too much. Even the hibiscuses are working overtime to keep me happy, and just look how exhausted they are in this heat. I'm binging on Netflix and attempting handstands in yoga. I ride my bike and try to make time for life, instead of work. We're going on vacation next week and I'm so ready for a change of scenery. New, different, red hot scenery. That's what I'm looking forward to. This Summer is all about sporting the most minimal bra I can find and slapping on all natural deodorant. Really morphing into a crazy hippie while trying out new tea blends. Cooking dinner most nights and actually having a good relationship with food, though my dying cucumber plants might tell you otherwise. Trying to block out the sinking depression of the political climate and deliriously laughing at the Daily Show instead. How's your Summer going?
If Takoma Park is Azalea City, then Rehoboth Beach is Hydrangea City. The little town was blossoming with them when Mr HH and I set out on a day trip there earlier this week. There's nothing quite so small town America at the Fourth of July than big blossoming hydrangeas.Read More
There's this little house in Takoma Park that has an overflowing, blooming garden of zinnias out front. It's my favorite house to meander by on my way to the Post Office. It's crazy how long the zinnia season runs- these babies start blooming in May and this little plot just gets fuller + fuller even now in October. I'm expecting this long rainy + cold period isn't going to help it, but the season has been so beautiful and full this year.
The fence of this house and the houseplant-filled yard is one of my favorites in my neighborhood. I can't believe it's taken me so long to post photos of it before! The fence is covered with these bushy, viney plants that I have no name for with anemones on it - is that what they're called? Someone let me know. I love them though - they always feel like the last bits of Summer.
As Summer comes to a close and Fall approaches, I find myself loving this time of year. I can ride around with the windows down and switch between leggings and boots and leggings and flats as much as I please - or even still enjoy a rare day that I shave my legs and throw on a romper. Those days are rare for me in the Summer (I'm lazy), but today happened to be one of them.
I sat on my bedspread watching Mr Handsome play soccer for 3 hours today while fighting off little bugs and crawlers, barely getting missed by some falling bird poop, and I realized how much I blend in to that end of Summer dried out grass look. It has such a Fall look - dried out grass under an overcast sky. I love going to B's games when I get the chance. It's so nice to just sit outside in the fresh air and clear the mind- very meditative. I did some big biz dreaming today- how did you spend your Sunday?