The heat wave has it's benefits -- namely the quickly ripening strawberries in our garden. While the dastardly squirrels managed to steal and bury many of the first to turn pink, we are finally starting to harvest some for ourselves after enclosing the plants in netting. (As I planted other parts of the garden this past weekend, I nearly cried every time I turned up some dirt only to find more buried, slightly pink berries -- darn squirrels!)
The peonies have burst open this week, providing me with lots of fresh cut bouquets. And can you see the red roses in bloom just outside the window in this photo? That rose bush has done almost nothing over the past 6 years that we have lived here, then suddenly it decided to burst into bloom this year! A beautiful sight outside my kitchen window.
I'm sick. This is weird because I never get sick -- seriously. When I was younger, I was sick *all* the time, but several years ago I had my tonsils removed and I don't think I've had a serious cold since then.
Now, while this is a bad cold, I think I could cope if the air conditioning wasn't broken and we weren't in the middle of a heat wave. 90 degrees in May -- I hate global warming. (For many reasons, but that's another post.) I can't complain too much because we have separate air conditioning units for our first and second floors, and the downstairs air is working. This means I had to sleep on the living room floor last night -- not comfortable. Oh, and I'll be doing the same tonight because the air conditioning repair man is swamped and can't come until tomorrow.
Blah. At least I have a Sonic lime slush. That's some comfort.
I haven't had much time for crafty things, but I have been busy. Here are are few of the things that have been keeping my attention:
I've been reading Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven and enjoying it thoroughly. Although it took a while for me to get engaged in the story, I'm now completely caught up in the lives of Taylor, Turtle, and all the other wonderful characters Kingsolver has created.
I've been playing a number of video games, including the new and highly addictive Picross 3D for Nintendo DS. If you love puzzles, this is a must have.
And of course I've been anticipating the LOST series finale. Sad but excited to see how it all ends.
We had absolutely beautiful weather -- cool enough in the morning and evening that you weren't miserably hot walking around the parks, but hot enough in the afternoons to enjoy a dip in the pool. We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and I would definitely recommend it.
IllumiNations -- fireworks display over the water at Epcot -- A perfect night where everyone was content and happy. Night included a margarita in Mexico, Fish & Chips in England and a funnel cake in the USA. Maddie enjoyed a pretzel from Germany and a cool light up wand/sword thing.
Kilamanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom -- loved this one so much, we went back 2 days later and did it again. Fun close-up look at the animals. We also enjoyed the walking paths, especially the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
And I have to mention the Flower and Garden Festival -- gorgeous displays all around Epcot. Topiaries of lots of characters, but also a butterfly garden other garden displays.
We walked *many* miles each day and we are all thoroughly exhausted today. I think I need a vacation to recover from this vacation!