the rains came and the garden exploded! also the weather has decidedly turned pre-fall. its wet and cooler and i see a few yellow leaves on the birch trees. while it was good we hadn’t finished the roof on the greenhouse, the peas would have had nowhere to go, we’d better get that done since winter crops will have to be planted soon.
while we were in denver, summer arrived to anchorage. so much so, lots of my plants got scorched by the heat, especially those i left on the south side of the house. good news is it was enough sun and heat to get the north side, which is the front of the house to green up. also, its going to stay warm so all of our plants are now outside. it’s a good thing since this little bird was getting lonely.
zelda helped with some yard clean up today, but since she was away from larry over the weekend, that really meant caring him around and watching what i was doing.
and taking a little time to draw some pictures on the sidewalk.
and sweep, with not one, but two brooms.
notice the blue line at the end of the driveway? it’s my attempt to try to keep zelda from leaving the yard. let’s just say after day one of trying it, we have more work to do and i’m thankful we live on a quiet street.
i didn’t get much done in the back today except watering, looking for survivors from the winter and super hot weekend (sadly there aren’t as many as we hoped for and our rhubarb didn’t make it) and putting the umbrella up on the deck. once the umbrella goes up, it’s officially summer.
we’ll be farther south in denver visiting family when this posts, but as i know memorial day weekend for a lot of folks is the kick off to summer and for us summer is spent in the yard and garden, so i thought i’d leave you with some pictures of zelda helping garden in what has (pathetically) passed for spring. we are really hoping when we return that summer will be in full swing.
one of zelda’s contributions to the garden so far this year has been her painted rock, which she painted with her sitter ginny to surprise me with. she is very proud of her rock and wanted to put it in a plant, like the rocks i had previously painted like bugs for the kids’ garden.
despite the snow, which continued to fall and accumulate through saturday, we had a great weekend. friday was dinner with friends where we ate these delicious tacos, had cake and pie (yep, both!) and played some games.
saturday was low key with the exception of going for a walk where we snagged a walking stick for zelda from the woods. it’s since been customized. we also started in on yarn extensions and beads for zelda, which necessitated a late-ish run to get more beads. pop zelda in her pjs when it gets close to bed time and she’s happy to go wherever.
sunday was sunny and like the snow never fell. the kids’ garden, which was planted, survived. the rest of the plants spent some time outside to begin the process of hardening them off again. we also worked on zelda’s hair some more, plus took lots of breaks for a walk and bike ride. actually, the hair didn’t get finished until this afternoon. i really hope this holds until our trip to dallas in early june, or at least until we meet up in dallas since i’ll be away the week before for work and papa will be on his own with little z (and all her hair).
and going back a little farther in time, here are some cute pictures of zelda taking darby for a walk last week.
also, in case you haven’t looked in a while, flickr updated its layout. i like how you can view lots of photos on a single page. it’s pretty close to flipping through a photo album. here’s where you can find me and zach if you want to check it out.