I have been such a slacker when it comes to this blog. Of course, I've also been somewhat of a slacker when it comes to life in general, if, by slacking, you include working two jobs and running a household.
To stick with the slacker narrative however; I will complete this post with a deluge of photos, as one does when they are slacking.
First up: the garden! I have everything planted and am doing my best to keep it all weeded, watered, and alive. I've been mostly pleased with how things are progressing, with the exception of the carrot, beet, and lettuce seeds that I planted in one section of the raised bed. For whatever reason, those seeds have not germinated and have had to be replanted. Time will tell if the new batch will fare any better.
In other news, I found a great way to use up tomatoes that are nearing their expiration date. I simply sliced them, laid them out on parchment paper, covered them with a little shredded mozzarella and a sprinkling of grated Parm, then drizzled with olive oil, tossed a few basil flakes on and baked in the oven for awhile before finishing them off under the broiler. Chef's kiss! They were delicious.
Speaking of delicious; we hosted a Memorial Day BBQ for friends and family. I started off with a charcuterie board, as usual.
We noshed on the cheese and other goodies while Hugh grilled up some steaks and chicken legs. I had finally gotten the porch cleaned and ready for entertaining, so we visited outside for the majority of the party.
On a completely new topic; I purchased this adorable bee bath on Amazon. It has a spot in the garden and I am looking forward to it providing a cool drink for the pollinators that I hope to attract with zinnias, marigolds, nasturtium, petunias, and pink sunflowers.
And, speaking of pollinators; the Swallowtail butterfly population in Hooterville has exploded. We have several that frequently circle the house at Not So New Job, and I saw these two on a Butterfly Bush while on a walk to the coffee shop a few blocks over. I always see these beauties as a sign from above. They make me smile.
Now, I am off to one of my jobs. Because that's what slackers do.
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