First, I have a prayer request. I heard from my dad today that my cousin, Bill Kellett, was scalded badly on Saturday night, and is in the burn unit of the hospital in Augusta, GA. He was at a barbeque and stumbled over a gas hose, which pulled a pot of boiling water off on him. He is burned from his arm to his foot on one side, and will have to have skin grafts done. His mom says he's going to be ok, but it will take some time to heal. I'm sure he's in a lot of pain, too.
Today was a laid back day here. We slept in, then the mail came with a catalog from Christian Book Distributors in it. What better to do than lie in bed and look at the catalog? :) Breakfast was actually brunch. We had some fruit left from the weekend, so I made smoothies for Andrew, Beth, and myself. Well . . . I think I put too much of a variety of fruit in it (including cantaloupe and kiwi!), and it just wasn't very good. We've decided to try again tomorrow, with just strawberries. That should be better. We found a basic rule-of-thumb type recipe for smoothies: 1 part fruit, 1 part liquid, and 2 parts thickener. The liquid can be milk or juice or water, and the thickener should be something like yogurt or frozen fruit or ice. The consistency of ours was fine - but that taste was a bit wonky!
After our brunch, I spent some time studying for Sunday school and Patch Club - very nice to have plenty of time - and then the kids and I straightened the house. Then we tackled our jungle of a back yard. We have a very small back yard, with a raised bed. It's partly shady in the bed, so it's not good for growing veggies. We put some wildflowers in last year, but it wasn't sunny enough; however, it must be plenty sunny for the weeds! ;) There were some giant ones in there!
This evening I went to Canadian Tire to spend my birthday gift card on flowers. I didn't get nearly enough for the bed, but it will spruce it up a bit, and maybe I can get more a little later. I'd love to put some fall flowers in later in the season! I got begonias, impatiens, coleus, and some little daisies (they will be in a sunny spot). I potted one of the impatiens to put on my front porch, as it doesn't get a lot of sun. Beth got some fuschias and a geranium to make a basket, and I got some geraniums and portulaca for my patio containers. I've only planted the patio containers this evening, because it was getting too dark to see. I plan to work in the flower bed tomorrow morning. I will post pictures if you promise not to laugh! LOL I am NOT a gardener, but a girl has to start somewhere, doesn't she?!