Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This is it...

This is it.

This is the extent of our grandiose garden dreams.


The Girl was assigned a plant research project earlier this spring. Her heart was set on our beloved Texas state flower.

A pot was decorated.

Information gathered.

Soil scooped.

A hole made.

Seeds dropped in...

...and covered.

Over 70% of all bluebonnets grown in pots fail to bloom.

Ours were part of that 70%.

Terrible odds were against us. The fact that The Boy took it upon himself to create a bluebonnet dirt volcano didn't help, either.

Maybe we will have better luck next season.

I still have grandiose garden dreams.

But it's really a blessing that they fell through this year.

We had maybe five rain showers all summer long and a seemingly endless run of 100* days. I fear that watering our crops would have landed us in the poor house.

Our plans for raised beds full of fresh cucumbers, squash, chard, okra, peas, and zucchini will continue to take shape through the cooler months ahead.

Meanwhile, I've yet to give up on fall tomatoes and herbs.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Life Lesson

If your tooth is really, really, really loose and your mom, dad, and brother all tell you to "please pull that darn thing"...you should pull it.

Otherwise, you will be eating a pretzel and not realize it has fallen out.

And then you will swallow it.

You will be very upset.

But your mom will assure you that the Tooth Fairy will still visit as long as you leave a note:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth.
I swallowed it.
There is a big hole.
Please still visit me.

Pitiful notes ensure a good pay day, by the way.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ten On Ten: August

August 10th.

Ten pictures taken over ten hours.

Thankful for caffeine.


Look out, greys.


Reality check. Blah.

Fake BBQ. Meh.

Real popsicle. Much better.


Begone, ring.

Over my shoulder.

Al dente.

A handful of images captured throughout the day...

My last ten of the summer.

Anyone got a Kleenex?

(photo courtesy of The Girl)

I'll be back here next month.

Singing the beginning of school blues.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life Lesson

If you are entertaining your little sister...

...and put on her fairy wings...

...and your mom grabs her camera and takes pictures, but promises not to put them on her blog...

...she's lying.

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Surplus

How has July already passed?

It was a month of little moments...

454 pieces.

Tanned feet.

Red, white, and blue.

At work.

Deep thoughts on a bottle cap.

Salt and pepper.

Sun lit.

Past bedtime.

Power outage.

Wonderfully bittersweet.

Summer concert series.

Late night company.

My summer is quickly fading away.

I welcome August and its little moments.

I just hope they slow down and last a bit longer.