The weather has finally gotten nice, and the garden is so lovely that I find I want to spend all my time out here. I’m blogging from the garden right this very minute. My new fence adds just the right privacy — I no longer feel watched by my neighbor — and I seem to have been out here all the time lately. Of course, spring came so late that I was effectively trapped in the house from October until June. So now, it’s all outside, all the time. I’ve been eating breakfast and dinner at my little table under the apple tree:
One of my big projects this spring was re-covering the cushions on my patio furniture. They’d faded, and gone flat, and you can’t buy replacement cushions — I think it’s a ploy to make people buy a whole new set of furniture. So I ordered some fabric from Sunbrella and bought a massive piece of foam at the fabric store, and now I have really pretty cushions that are twice as thick and cushy as they used to be. And I splurged on a firepit, so in the evenings, I’ve been coming outside to my lovely garden, where a little fire both keeps me warm in the chilly Montana evenings and keeps away the mosquitos we’re having this year thanks to the record rains. I hung my little Coleman lantern in the apple tree and Raymond the dog and I have been spending lovely evenings on the patio couch, reading, or sometimes watching a movie on my computer — it’s so peaceful and lovely and so so nice to be out of the house, away from the TV, and outside, where there are birds (I have a flicker who likes the veggie garden) and flowers and plants and stars.