What a happy way to start the day! I awoke this morning feeling refreshed and well-rested after sleeping in until 8:30 a.m. When I went to let the dog out, I noticed it was raining ever-so-lightly. My big green tub near the patio was full so it must have rained overnight as well. This has been the rainiest summer in a long time, and I'm enjoying it. I'm sure what's left of my lawn is, too. I tipped outdoors in my gown and filled my watering can with the rainwater to water the plants on the patio. They're a little too fragile to put directly in the rain because around here we never know if it will sprinkle, rain or storm. Anyway, I tipped across the backyard and thoroughly enjoyed the sensation of the raindrops soaking through the thin cotton of my gown as I stooped to admire the one bell pepper on my plant. I guess it's time to pick it because it's beautiful and orange if a little small. I was trying to wait and see if it would get any bigger.
I don't claim to be a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but the kids bought me a couple of petunias and a sweet pea plant for mother's day this year. The sweet pea plant looked a little worse for wear so, with my daughter's permission, I traded it for the pepper plant. I also planted a sweet potato because it started to sprout on it's own while hanging in my vegetable basket over the kitchen sink. I thought of the pretty light green leaves adorning the flowerbeds of my neighbors. That thing has practically taken over the entire little "garden." It's leaves are dark green, and it creeped all over the tomato cage I put around the pepper to protect it from that rowdy, squirrel & bird-chasing dog of mine. C'est la vie. That about sums up my feeble attempt at gardening. I thank God for all of the lovely rain.