high summer

Happy high summer to you all.  By high summer I mean the laziest part of the season.  At this point I've given in to the heat and just go with it.  Days are filled with watering the garden and lying low in the heat of the day.

I've taken to potting lots of ferns.  It has been a fun experiment and I like the simple look of ferns in small terracotta pots.

I wear this beat up straw hat while outside.  That hole lets in more cool air.  I've also taken to bringing fallen branches into the house because they look ethereal to me.

Whenever I go to an estate sale I always look for white sheets and bedding.

 Just a thin, worn top sheet works best during high summer nights.

Have any of you seen the H&M collaboration with GP & J Baker? OMG, it is gorgeous.  See For Yourself.  I picked up This Dress & This Blouse and egad this blouse below that seems to be sold out.

It's totally not like me to buy so many pieces from the same collection (I really want it all) but when do you come across beautiful and affordable chinoserie clothing?  Never.  I love the dress and blouse and the last blouse has not yet arrived so I can't really speak about it.  But the other 2 pieces are well made and the dress is especially beautiful.

So that's how my summer is going.  How about you? xo


Hello sweet friends.  I'm so sorry for not attending to this blog during much of July.  It's a roller coaster over here and I'm doing my best to just keep up.  Larry is hanging in there the best he can.  Chemo is v hard on his body and so he's made the decision to cut back on some treatment.  The doctors are not happy but quality of life is the issue.  Thank you all so much for all your prayers, emails and amazing comments.  I've always known I had the best readers in the blog world but your love and support have given me an unreal sense of love.  I mean it's overwhelming the love you have sent us.  It's amazing and I/we are so incredibly blessed.  Thank you so much.

You know life does go on and there is somewhat of a routine here.  Days can vary greatly tho.  Last week I accidentally gathered up my cell phone with the sheets and threw it in the washing machine.  I was out on my morning walk when I realized what I had done.  I was so happy to see that my laptop didn't go in too.  It's white and blends in with the sheets! 

The afternoons have been so hot so we spend early mornings outside taking slow walks and watering the garden.  Many of you were concerned about the recent fires but they were not near us.  Again thank you for your concern.  I have so many posts swimming around in my head to write for you.  I hope and pray this month is calmer.  Fill me in on what you guys are up to.  xoxo

Garden Notes

Hey guys, happy July.  My garden is doing well, I think mostly because our temps have been lovely.  By the end of this week that will be ending and this is when things start to get ugly.

But in all honesty my garden can take it.  It is pretty used to the summer beat down and rallies each year.

Clothes can dry in just minutes if there is a breeze.

My Salvia loves the heat too.

Lillies not so much but they are just about finished blooming.

What's happening in your garden?  x


I've always loved a good routine.  I've always felt they brought a sense of order and peace to my home and life.  Now more than ever they soothe me during stormy times. 

My daily routine looks a little like this...

I wake early, sometimes as early as 4am.  I have a cup of french press coffee and get back into bed.  I read, journal and meditate.

Next I will usually go for a morning walk through the park.

When I return I make us breakfast.  Lately it's been hot oatmeal with fresh blueberries.

After breakfast I go into the garden and see what needs to be done.  Summer means watering first.  We have no sprinkler system so I water by hand.  This routine is deeply soothing to me.

Next I go inside and will straighten up and depending on the day may get into chores such as cleaning the bathrooms or doing the floors.  Yesterday I cleaned out the refrigerator.

I try to run any errands before lunch because of the afternoon heat.

After lunch, which lately has been fresh salads and fruit we tend to curl up with a book and maybe take a nap.

All of this isn't much but it's the dailies that are keeping me sane.  Who knew little things like that would be so grounding? 

Do you love routines or are you more of a fly by the seat of your pants lady/gentleman?  Do tell.  xo

summer living

Good morning beauties. How are you?  Are you taking good care of yourselves?

Our weather has been glorious this past week even tho the afternoons are heating up.  I thought I'd share a little of the house today.

When the temps rise I retreat indoors and have a sit in the living room. 

I cut a branch of roses and stuck them in an old ginger jar I've had for ages.   The color of the rose blends beautifully with the old chinoserie screen.

Each day I've pulled a few books off the bookshelf to read and suddenly I have a stack big enough to put my fern on.  It loves the morning light in this window.

I'm looking forward to a quiet summer here at the cottage.  My mornings are filled with garden chores and walks and afternoons are for reading and napping.

What part of the world do you live in and what kind of summers do you have?  xo
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