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Such a Beautiful Day

This is one of the most beautiful days we have had in a long time.  I just cannot keep myself inside and at the computer so I thought I would do a picture of all the things I am working on right now and share the joy.

It is 74’F  (22’C)  and there is not a cloud in the sky.  A gentle breeze is keeping the air from being still and carrying the kids at the Lakefair Carnival noise away from the house.

The roses are almost in full bloom, and this Cherish blossom just filled me right up.  The first bloom of the rose is when they smell the strongest.  I wish I could share the Mr. Lincoln red rose with you – perfume of the gods.

Cherish Rose 2010

Cherish Rose 2010

We found some Daisy MUMS that bloom through October at the Farmer’s Market and so far the deer are not the least bit interested.   We purchased 5 and put one at the office door in a blue pot, one at the laundry room door under the big apple tree, and 3 in a row at the path at the top of the bluff.  They are just settling in and just feel extravagant.

Daisy MUMS 2010

Daisy MUMS 2010

I have 3 pots of cherry tomatoes and Rubeckia on the deck, one in each corner.  The heavy wind has really damaged one, but the other two seem quite contented.  No sweet 100s developing on them YET.

Sweet 100 Tomato and Rubeckia

Sweet 100 Tomato and Rubeckia

Here is how we decorated the side of our neighbor’s garage – IT Girl’s suggestion!

Geranium and Petunia Pot

Geranium and Petunia Pot

And the deer keep giving up free gifts – such as our 10’ tall foxglove at the end of the yellow rose bed.

10' tall foxglove freebies

10' tall foxglove freebies

We picked 24 pounds of peas from the garden on Sunday and they are all now shelled and in the freezer – oh well, those we did not eat.  There is one more picking but the plants are not very pretty to look at right now.

Clematis flowers are prettier than the peas.

Happy clematis

Happy clematis

I dried the last flats of strawberries.  They will be my gifts for Christmas this year.   There are lots of strawberries being posted on blogs right now, maybe not in this form.  I must not forget to poke a vent in each berry so they do not bubble up in a juice explosion.

Strawberries 2010 for the dehydrator

Strawberries 2010 for the dehydrator

The Seattle to Portland bike ride is this weekend.  My husband is celebrating his birthday by riding it again with 10,000 others.   His partner on the tandem will be our youngest daughter.  The ride is 204 miles long and my family likes to do it in one day, this year they are going to take 2 days, because daughter has a new job and could not do all the rigorous training to prepare.  I will post pictures on Biking Architect next week about their ride and adventures.

And because I will be eating on my own for two days, I am making my yummy Glucose Index, whole wheat pizza with no cheese and caramelized Walla Walla sweet onions on it to go with my salad.

Whole wheat pizza - Glucose Index A

Whole wheat pizza - Glucose Index A

Don’t you just wish you were here?  What do you eat for special treats?  What is your favorite pastime on a beautiful day?

Looking forward to your comments…

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32 Responses to “Such a Beautiful Day”

  1. Talon Says:

    What a lovely lovely post, Patricia. That rose is glorious. I can smell the intoxicating fragrance right through the screen! The berries look gorgeous, the clematis is beautiful – what a celebration of the season!

    I’ve been watching the Tour de France and admiring their stamina. I can’t imagine riding 204 miles in a year – never mind 2 days! Happy Birthday to your husband and I hope he and your daughter have a glorious ride.

    On those rare beautiful weather days, I love to take a book down to the pergola and curl up and read…but actually I end up watching what’s up in the garden and in the skies. Pure bliss!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Cat and The Crow =-.

  2. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “Don’t you just wish you were here?” YES! Gorgeous photos, and that pizza looks amazing.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Voskos Greek Yogurt- Review- Giveaway- Recipe =-.

  3. Davina Says:

    Patricia, I could go for some of that pizza! It looks delicious. Your post made me realize that on very beautiful days I notice the other beautiful things, such as the flowers you’ve taken these pictures of. And then, on not so beautiful days, when these could possible help to brighten things up, I tend not to see them.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Write from the Journal- Paging the Critic =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I think my pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the flowers, but glad you can take a whiff. I can not read outside very well, so I just puttered and weeded and gave a few drinks of water, and it was fun to sit and watch the lake, and the Ferris wheel…and just BE
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..5 In 2 =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    The pizza is awesome food – the problem being I make such good pizza that we never order it from the store! This one has mushrooms, pureed artichokes and black olives on it…as I will do the new onion one this weekend. The recipe calls for a wee bit of goat cheese, but I just can not digest that

  6. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    On not such beautiful days I notice the mildew forming on the rose leaves and how wind blown the flowers are….I think I still notice the beauty of each day or where I am – I have an eye for what I think is beautiful.

    I like being off the blood pressure medicine because that is such a depressant and I get my positive juices flowing with greater ease.

    It is easy to feel UP as I feel better.

  7. Liara Covert Says:

    That bicycle adventure certainly sounds invigorating! The father-daughter experience is a wonderful idea and you can live vicariously through them if you choose to do so.

    Warm weather and lush vegetation uplift the mind-body and spirit. You appear surrounded in an idyllic environment for reflection and relaxation.

    May the bounties of Mother Nature continue to be plentiful. Blessings.
    .-= Liara Covert´s last blog ..Practice the Middle Way =-.

  8. Tony Single Says:

    That pizza looks absolutely delicious, Patricia! Chuck on a few cherry tomatoes and you’ll have me around there in a jiffy… begging at the back door like a pathetic stray cat! 😛

    Hope you enjoy the time (and space) to yourself! Put your feet up, I say! :)

  9. Patricia Says:

    Liara,
    Thank you for your good words, I am going to attempt to squeeze in some R & R – As this was the first really lovely summer day, I just had to be in the moment – stop and enjoy.

    Father – daughter experiences are good things and particularly with the 3 kids all out on their own. Nice to bond around this adventure.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    The pizza is delicious and a we break from my vegan- raw routine. I can hardly wait for those cherry tomatoes to set and ripen – lots of blooms not a lot of pollinators.

    I will be feeding the whole crew on Sunday and Monday nights…so I am definitely planning on just relaxing all day Saturday…well after garden care :)

  11. Joyce at What Would You Do In Heaven? Says:

    It’s a beautiful day indeed! And you’re right, Patricia. How I wish I were there! 😉
    .-= Joyce at What Would You Do In Heaven?´s last blog ..All The World Is Meaningless Without Love! =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Joyce,
    thank you…you would be welcome here :)

  13. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! What a glorious garden – and no deer munching? How did you get so lucky? I’m on my second roung of plants – I had to move the tomatoes up on the 2nd story deck – our deer here are fierce. I’m so glad you took those pictures and enjoyed your day out in nature! Grab those days when you can! And good luck to your hubs on that bike ride. I didn’t know you lived in that area – been to Washington many times – it’s so lovely – but my friend there warned me about lack of sunshine. She now lives 6 hours east in Republic on Lake Curlew – has more sun there!
    hugs
    suZen

  14. Patricia Says:

    suzen,
    Thank you for dropping by and enjoying the garden with me. We had one of the wettest and coldest Junes on record. Even East of the mountains had a very wet June. Washington State has many kinds of weather, from desert to rain forest and of course the mountains, but that is what keeps us Evergreen and the water clean.
    I will pass on your wishes to my guy…he is so excited each time he does this like a kid going to camp each summer.

    Oh we have deer munching but those tomatoes are up on the high deck too. The deer are destroying our apple trees and we think the coyotes got the new baby the other night….urban coyotes are just awful here.

    I get along better without so much heat. Hope you are doing well.

  15. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. your rose is superb – please send it over .. my Mum would love it! I bought her a sunflower, which I cut right down .. so she can see the bloom.

    You’ve got such a lot going on in the garden .. and you and the family are a hive of activity .. mind you at this time of year – we are enticed outside for long hours .. I love the way the deer have brought you foxgloves and they are certainly standing tall.

    Thank you .. Happy Birthday to the hubby ..and it’ll be lovely that your youngest is sharing the two days with her Dad .. even if she’s saddle sore .. come Sunday?!

    Your pizza looks delicious .. with a fresh pea salad – sounds too good to be true .. look after yourself and enjoy your free 24 hours .. with a hug from a wet-sunny UK south coast .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..A Century of Aces Afghanistan to Zimbabwe =-.

  16. Mark Says:

    My how your garden grows!

    Thanks for sharing the daily beauty of your life!
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..What Are You Chasing After =-.

  17. Jannie Funster Says:

    I too smell your rose through the screen.

    And if there’s any pizza left over after Tony– I’d be happy to polish it off!

    Strawberry drying– awesome! What do you do with them in winter? Reconstitute?

    24bs of peas! Good job. I loves me some peas,
    and BB is a big fan too, of course.

    Now I’ve lost my place on this iPhone and this sign off will be followed by what I wrote before it :)

    so xoxo

    Do the Biking Architect and his tandem partner have a cell? And do they call from the road? 10000 – quite a crowd indeed. I’d much rather be in your garden with you!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Sail A Child — Song Lyrics =-.

  18. Arts web show Says:

    some excellent shots here.
    I really like those strawberries at the end and that pizza. wow
    .-= Arts web show´s last blog ..Self portrait and free flow poetry- people in drawings =-.

  19. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I am enjoying my day very much, after my walk the power went off so I took myself out to the garden and finished picking the peas, I think I picked about 36 pounds which has translated into 8 quarts in the freezer…and peas to go with the Salmon dinner tomorrow for the biker’s return.

    The bikers just called they are about 1 hour behind and with the heavy marine clouds hanging in there – they are both very cold when they stop peddling. Should be at the stop point at about 6pm if they can keep this pace.

  20. Patricia Says:

    Mark,
    Thank you and it is my pleasure. I am using the shelling of the peas as a form of meditation this weekend. My mantra is the pop of the shell and the pink of the peas in the bowl :)

  21. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I had a couple bunnies and a number of cats in my yard this morning – yesterday a new baby deer still with spots and his mom, they love the apple tree leaves and pea leaves too.

    The sun has not burned off the marine clouds this morning yet and the bikers are cold and about 1 hour behind schedule. They were eating power bars and bananas when they called.

    I will have pea salad and salmon burgers with sweet potato rounds for them when they arrive home for dinner tomorrow night.

    You would be welcome to join us!….Oh and the floats are arriving for the Capital Lakefair parade – on the parkway just below my house….positioning themselves for the parade at twilight….

    Drop on by!

  22. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. thanks for your reply and the news re the hungry bikers! Dinner tonight sounds delicious I’m on a plane over .. ‘cept I have to pack!

    Had a day at the hospital yesterday with Mum – all well though now – but I could have done without it .. my brother was down and just left Mum .. so guess who ended up doing it .. Mum was grateful! still can’t speak ..

    Hope they had a successful bike ride and sounds like coming home will be worth it .. enjoy your times .. and the parade too .. lots happening .. coffee now – byeeee .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..A Century of Aces Afghanistan to Zimbabwe =-.

  23. Jannie Funster Says:

    Ummm, peas with salmon is calling my name. Sweet potatoes sound good too.

    Do they have candy apples at the fair? Jannie likes those.

    See you at your door in a minute! (not really.) But it would be nice.

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Sail A Child — Song Lyrics =-.

  24. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – I do wish I was there – we’re having a really sucky summer in North of England and I’m starting to forget what sunshine feels like. When the weather is nice – I do like to walk. I live close to the English Lakedistrict, so there’s some lovely places to go.

    BTW I have never seen foxgloves that tall before – I didn’t know they could get so big.
    .-= Cath Lawson´s last blog ..New Business Mistakes- The Hidden Startup Killers =-.

  25. Meredith Says:

    Patricia, I’m so jealous of your weather. I really am trying not to be. We went so long without getting down to even 74 degrees at night, and it was tough to take, watching my garden struggle in the early heat wave, one of the longest in Carolina history for June.

    But then how can I begrudge anyone such beauty, and cheerfulness, and deliciousness? The more there is of these three in the world, the better for us all!

    I can’t believe the deer have passed up your foxgloves — or that you have foxgloves blooming in July. They are one of my favorites, and yours are so lovely. :)
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..holy tomato =-.

  26. Patricia Says:

    Arts Web Show
    Thank you and yes they were yummy!

  27. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    bikers are successfully home after having a great ride – though they were cold because the sun took a long time to come out. Dinner was a great success.
    What’s up with these brothers? Mine did the same thing, if he even came to visit my mum at all?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone =-.

  28. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Would love to find you at the door….the fireworks were very good last night to greet the bikers home. Do not know about candy apples –strawberry shortcake yes! and Democrat burgers…lots of fund raisers. But I do not go to this fair so I can not report.

  29. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    We are having a cold, wet summer….not even the 70s today and it was misty rain this morning. The bikers were cold on part of their ride until the sunshine came out. That is why I needed to just get outside on the one or two nice days that have come along.

    I have never seen foxglove so tall either…and most of my apple trees did not set apples this year….lots of green and tomatoes are not setting fruit…too cold and now the fall bulbs are in bloom!!

    Really sad sack summer here

  30. Patricia Says:

    Meredith,
    I think I do better in the cold summer weather than the heat waves – I just can not seem to function when it is too hot.

    The foxglove are planted by the deer as they march around and are a free gift, but with apple tree leaves in abundance – they will pass up just about everything else. They ate all our green beans last year…

    Everything is so late this year and it is just fabulous to have a sunny day at all…we are back to misty rain today. Strange summer

  31. Barb Hartsook Says:

    Hi. I’m late to this post but have thoroughly enjoyed myself. You’re lucky I wasn’t there to help pick the peas. You mightn’t have had any left for the freezer. LOVE peas-just-picked! Yum.
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..It’s OK to Unfold Gently =-.

  32. Patricia Says:

    Barb.
    The only time I eat peas is when I am picking in the garden, my body does not seem to like them and they give me quite a headache, but I think they are my husband’s favorite source of green!

    Hope your summer is going well…I seem to be in slow motion! Which I think is good :)
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone =-.