Signs of summer

It’s heating up in Arizona – early this week our temps were in the 90s already…


…but the past few days have been a bit cooler and downright beautiful. Hopefully they will stay that way for a nice weekend. The trees behind our house have their leaves back which camouflages the monster they’re building next door – wish it would drown out the sound of jackhammers, beeping cherry-pickers and swearing workers, but I guess we can’t have it all, can we?

Here are some shots of the flowers now appearing in our yard:

Lantana in bloom

Pink Oleander

Cape Honeysuckle – a hummingbird favorite

I really wanted to get to Lowe’s to get some pretty summer flowers to add to our backyard decor but money is tight and we’ll just have to forego it this year. Last year during a frost we lost a ficus that I’ll be replacing with an oleander outside the bathroom window. We also have a scrawny looking yellow bells shrub that we’ll be replacing with oleander – it was supposed to be a tree but all the landscaper could find at the time was this runt.

We haven’t been in our pool – it’s way too cold – but last weekend we went to Jim & Kathy’s and it was so hot the boys couldn’t resist taking a dip. Our pool is in shade most of the day so it stays cold througout the summer – you might think that would be a good thing in Arizona but sometimes it’s just too much for me. I much prefer the bathwater that Jim & Kathy or Todd & Barb have in their pool – just get right in and ahhhh….

This weekend we have nothing going on. No lacrosse games to sweat it out at (the season’s over). No parties to go to. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And it feels wonderful! I think we’re just going to laze around all weekend, maybe hang out with the neighbors poolside, but that’s it.

I do have to bake something tomorrow morning for our church bake sale and I’m not sure what to do – I think maybe a loaf of banana bread to use up some browned fruit we have left that my kids treat like the plague. I’ll put the recipe in a future post – it’s really good. It has a whole stick of butter and an entire brick of cream cheese. Maybe I’ll make two loaves :)


2 Responses to “Signs of summer”

  1. 1 Debs April 18, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Do post the banana bread recipe!

    My last loaf went over like a ton of.. well, you get it….

  2. 2 Darlene April 21, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Jennifer your flowers are beautiful!!!! and I thought dezert weather couldn’t have colorful flowers. Mom

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