Well, I have spent the past month being stymied in my attempts to figure out the resizing and uploading from iphoto thing. Something that should be straightforward is definitely not (at least it is not explained anywhere that I can find). I did manage (finally!) to resize the above picture. I did a batch of pictures, resized them and put them in a folder under the picture icon. So far, so good. But when I went to "choose" them, their little icons were about as big as the capital I that began the previous sentence. Not very helpful. I just accidentally happened to choose the right photo this time. No way to actually browse a photo because I can barely even see it. Sigh..........back to the drawing board.
Anyway, I have missed my online community and will be catching up with you all over the next little bit.
I made the above wreath from a thrifted grapevine wreath, some berries and grassy stuff from Hobby Lobby, and some "gifted" feathers that my visitors from earlier in the year left in my yard:) This is my small attempt towards seasonal decorating that Cheryl recommended last October in her series "31 Days to Make a House a Home." Very helpful stuff, and you can find the series here.
It is actually a little difficult to even conceive of fall right now. Our temperatures are still in the nineties (yes, I said "nineties"), and it's been so long since it has rained I've almost forgotten what that is, too. August and this year September as well are what I think are called the "dog days of summer." In Texas it gets so hot and dry, every plant shrivels up and hunkers down, waiting for relief. Thoughts of flowers are long gone. My garden is all dried up, and I should be thinking of a fall garden, but it's too hot to even have the energy to plan it out right now. On top of that, we have been in the midst of a West Nile virus outbreak this summer, so you can't even go outside in the evening without being slathered down in bug spray.
I did want to do a little recap of my garden. Successes (meaning we got some produce to eat): lettuces, onions, zucchini, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes (I'd give them a "C"). Failures: sweet potatoes, peanuts, green beans, lima beans, peppers, melons, garlic. We have now eaten all the potatoes, but I still have some onions left, and I have corn and zucchini in the freezer.
I really enjoyed working in the garden and putting up food these past few months. I'm pretty confident I made enough jam to last us until next year:) In fact, I am probably going to ask for a proper canner for Christmas. My husband won't understand it, but maybe you will.