Thursday, July 21, 2011


Heat wave. My car was in the shop and I walked to pick it up, stopping at the bank and post office along the way. I decided to pretend I was walking to the beach--the air heavy and humid, the occasional breeze, pretending I could hear the gulls and smell the sea air. 

Extra water for the flowers today. Above are trumpet vines I planted along the side of our detached garage, which has a room above it (currently occupied by one of my college-age sons). It took them three years to bloom and they are marvelous.

This is the first time I've lived in an air-conditioned house. Today I was happy to have it, although I am always glad to step out into the fresh air. 

I spent a lot of time at my desk,

and nearby chair,

with things I like to look at close by. (The print on the chair is ladybugs.)

In the late evening I went out on the deck to read, and stayed until well after dark. That's one of my favorite summer rituals. The temperature dropped, the sounds and smells changed with the fading light, and the busyness of the day calmed.


  1. I heard the heat moved up your way. The humidity is what's so terrible. I honestly don't think I would survive this without AC.
    I really like your chair and table--it looks so relaxing. Thanks for sharing your space.

  2. Those vines look so beautiful!! Your house is so inspiring. I love the little table by your chair!!

  3. Hello Jen:
    We too have experienced extraordinarily high temperatures over the last few weeks but now the weather has broken and it is much, much cooler and wet. We are rather enjoying it, particularly as we do not have air conditioning.

    Your study/work area looks to be totally fascinating and full of items of interest and we love the way in which the chair is upholstered. What a wonderful work environment. We do hope that you have a relaxing and cool weekend.

  4. beautiful pictures- lovely objects : )

  5. looks and sounds like a heavenly day all around

  6. I'd love to be surrounded by such lovely things all day long.