June 22st 2018

June 22st 2018
Sunflowers have Arrived

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yay For July!

Happy July First!!! I love turning the calendar over to a new month! My sunflowers in our little garden just love hot days. I really enjoy looking out my back windows and seeing all of the happy faces.
July begins today, with thunder showers, with flashes of lighting in the dark clouds. When I went out at 5:00 A.M. It was already 83 degrees. We have a east wind blowing in off the desert. Which always makes it interesting. So glad my hydrangeas are finished blooming as east winds always just ruin my flowers.

 Today the only place it is raining is in the swimming pool. I could see the drops but the sidewalks stayed dry. This seems like August weather. We have been running a month ahead all year. I hope this means September will be like October. Last night I was getting ready to go to bed and it was still 101 on the patio.

I was going through my bookcase the other day and I found that at sometime, no memory of this, I bought a used copy of Out of Africa. By Isak Dinesin. I think it is wonderful. Her writing reminds me a bit of Willa Cather. I also have on my bedside table, A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Steeter Aldrich, who writes I think a lot of the love of the prairie like Willa Cather. I think loving the place you live life, makes for the best stories. I think as all of these woman who write of their love for the land, and for the different moods and the sounds of the quiet and the clouds moving across the landscape, to me is a language that is better felt.

Today is one of those days for me. The feeling of the scorching, muggy, stale- already-  breathed -air, the sound of the wind as it roars through the trees. The smell of the hot earth as the rain drops hit the ground. I can almost imagine it sizzling as everything is so dry and  longing for water. I am thankful for this drought. I know odd right, but what other way do you hear people in stores, openly talking about God or in public asking for prayers for rain.  Maybe it is just living here in the mini Bible belt of California.

Just an aside. Have any of you seen that movie San Andreas? I haven't but my boys told me that in one part of the movie a helicopter crashes and all the other parts of California are orderly and nice, but when they crash in this place and there is looting and havoc and shooting and general unrest the gal asks the Rock, " Where the heck are we, and he says, " Bakersfield!" I just love how Hollywood does that.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. I am happy to say, my sister was released from the hospital yesterday. So for me it was a nice little ending of June. Onward and Upward I think. Have a wonderful day!


“There is no division nor subtraction in the heart-arithmetic of a good mother. There are only addition and multiplication.”
Bess Streeter Aldrich- A Lantern in Her Hand.


  1. Bakersfield holds a special spot in my heart. I have not seen the movie. I may prefer to remember it as Dad told me.

    I am so glad your sister is home.

  2. We started the day with swimming. We have dry air coming in to replace our humidity, and the breeze felt almost cool. It's like for a few seconds, you have clean air to breathe. I love your sunflowers! It's almost like a sunflower house.

  3. Happy 1st of July Kim. here we are celebrating Canada Day.

    Your sunflowers are so beautiful, they look like a sentinel watching over the little garden.

    I hope that you get more rain and it seems that everyone are putting their faith in God to let the rain fall as no one can do that essential job...

    I love the quote about there being place for addition and multiplication in a mother's heart. How true.
    So glad that your sister is finally home.

  4. YiKeS!!! it sure is hot there....but the sunflowers look happy!!!!

    awesome news about your sister!!!

  5. Sunflowers are my favorite, as you know. I would love to look out my window and see a patch of them. Great news about your sister. Hopefully the rest of July brings all good and less heat for you

  6. Those are two good books I would like to dip into again. I am loving summer right now. Thank you for the July greetings <3

  7. Yes... onward, and upwards!! I am happy it is July also.
    It has been a very strange weather year.
    Love, love, love all of your flowers, but esp. the sunflowers!
    Sunflowers just put a smile on my face, and in my heart :)

    Happy that your sis. is out of the hospital, and on the mend. What a scare she gave everyone!

    Contentment in where we live, is a huge thing! I too feel blessed to be where I am right now, and for each season.

    I completely understand your sentiments about folks turning their hearts and thoughts towards our Heavenly Father. It's a humbling time right now.

    Hope ya'll get some rain, and soon!

    Have a great weekend, and a happy 4th!


  8. Good morning! LOVE your happy sunflowers! We have sure had a weird week of weather haven't we? We got a little rain but 10 minutes later it was completely dry. Soo stuffy humid and hot. I hope your right and we are a month ahead, otherwise we are just getting started. Have a wonderful 4th!

  9. It's been unusually cool here ... nothing like what we'd expect for early July. I'm not complaining, mind you. Just commenting on how different the weather is. ;-)


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