This area at the side of our house, was a muddy, weedy mess. Not any more! Now it's a nice decomposed granite path! We're going to add rock to the little area between the fence and the edge of the path.
I made a pasta salad tonight, to go with our sloppy joes. I think pasta salads are cool and refreshing, which is what we need during the Texas summer. I'm kind of tired of food photos. I need a photographic spark, as I'm feeling uninspired lately. I'm going to blame it on the temperature. I'm blaming the heat for all my shortcomings lately!!
At a yard sale several years ago, I found a box of stained glass supplies that were being sold by the daughter of a man who had died. In the box were many items I could use for my mosaics hobby. There was also this hot air balloon that the man had made. They were going to throw it out, figuring I wouldn't want it. But I told them I'd take it too. It's really rough, but I like it and it hangs in my yard.
Caladiums are truly wonderful, especially during the Texas summer. I put this plant in the ground around May and it is now thriving in this heat. It needs no attention from me. I don't know if there are varieties for sun, but most of them are for shady areas. I have a couple, this one and another that is just white with green veins. I think I need to plant many more of them next year. I'm not a hot weather gardener, so caladiums and I do well together.
Today I spent so much time catching up from the week I missed posting, that there won't be another photo snapped today. Instead, I'm sharing this one taken yesterday. This is probably the thing I saw most on our drive. Hay everywhere. It was really pretty seeing the bales spaced out among the fields in the rolling hills. Missouri is really a beautiful state.
from 7/18/11 - On Monday, we rented a boat and tube and spent eight glorious hours on the lake. It was a hot day, so when we weren't pulling the boys, we were anchored in a cove so we could all swim and cool off. Yes, Gary and I did get on the tube, but we didn't last long!
from 7/16/11 - On this day, we went away from the lake to search for the Swinging Bridges area. Down a little highway, then many miles on a gravel road, and we found it - a wooden suspension bridge. It has a nice swimming hole near it that we enjoyed. Before leaving the area, I shot this from beneath the bridge. The dark area in the bridge foreground is a car up top. Yes, we did drive over it too. It was a little unsettling!
from 7/15/11 - For the past week I haven't posted to my project 365 blog because I've been away on vacation with my family. Where we went, there was no internet service and it was wonderful. We all too often look more at our screens than at each other. But this week was all about family time. We went to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We rented a house on the lake. It had a boat/swimming dock. It didn't take long before this was my view from the upper deck. Eric and Kevin floating in the cove.
After taking 1127 photos this past week in California, I'm going to use that as my reason for not taking a new photo today. I did add a texture from Sharon at SKC Photography. I did spend some time editing some of the photos I took last week, so it has definitely been a photography day.
Today I met up with my husband's Aunt Dot, cousin Karen and sister Debby. I wanted to go to Polly's and get some good pie, which I haven't been able to find in Texas. Had fun girl time! I love these ladies!
It was 10:30 p.m. when I realized that I hadn't taken a photo today. So, of course I said "Where's the cat?" He's always a good subject. But I didn't get a good shot of him tonight. So, I'm pulling one from a couple days ago. I added a subtle texture, #6 by ellenvd (a contact of mine on flickr).