Several years ago I planted two kinds of clematis on the patio,
hoping for an abundance of blossoms every summer. Alas, they didn't
do very well and at one point I thought at least one of them had died.
Then two years ago the deep cherry colored one decided to grace us
with a bud or two. And finally now the white/lavender one is blossoming!
My baby boy is acting a little strange lately. For several days and nights
he hasn't spent more than a few minutes inside, and has been eating more
mice than cat food. Every morning though, he has begged for his usual
piece of cheese from my breakfast plate. And every afternoon he has been
cuddling up next to me on the daybed on the patio.
Then yesterday he seemed sleepier than usual, crashing every time he laid down.
At night he came in as we were going to bed, walked upstairs very slowly,
settled in and slept all night without stirring once. Then 8.30 this morning
he woke up and threw up on the bathroom carpet, then slowly went back outside.
My boy acts strange like this at least once every summer, but it still freaks me out.
I make sure he's hydrated and I de-worm the kitties every six months,
but he has always been the sensitive one and it pains me that he can't
tell me what's up. Rationally thinking he is probably just trying to pass
a big piece of a mouse skull and is in some discomfort. But the emotional
and anxious part of me worries about things like Lyme disease :)
The sage has been blossoming for a week and very soon I think
the lavender will join her. I love the smell of fresh lavender in the sun,
but dry lavender in scent packs - not so much.
This kitschy peacock was a flea market find. I spotted it on the wall
while we were making the rounds, but it wasn't until we were leaving
I realized it would be perfect for the patio. The man selling it told me
no-one had asked about it all day and let me have it for 20 kr (3 dollars).