Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lazy Saturday Afternoon

I love summer Saturday afternoons...

We live in an "old" neighborhood where the trees are big and the houses have character, where cracked sidewalks crisscross every block and the sound of the wind in the leaves is a constant whisper. We jokingly call it the "inner-city" because our small town seems to be sprouting new subdivisions and "suburbs" at every far-flung corner. But there's no place that I'd rather be, particularly on a lazy Saturday afternoon halfway through a perfect summer...

We walk miles around the meandering blocks, finding treasures in the form of pine cones, feathers, and dandelion puffs.

We bike more than we use our car. This summer, my son learned to ride a bike here in thirty seconds flat.

My sweet aging house wears window boxes like jewels, spilling geranium reds and soft petunia whites in a summery cascade of color. She's a pretty little lady, all decked out in blue.

My yard might be small, but I spend hours in my gardens, weeding, watering, removing dead leaves and spent flowers so that more will bloom. We don't get enough sun to grow a vegetable garden, but I have hostas the size of a Volkswagon Bug. Well, close enough.

Dorothy might have said, "There's no place like home," but her words are my own. Thank you, Lord, for a place to call home. Especially on a Saturday afternoon.


  1. love your window boxes! i wish they would work on my house. and how fun that you and your family have such a nice neighborhood to roam in. :)

  2. Thanks, Amy! The window boxes and shutters are my favorite features of our house. Aaron made the shutters himself--he's so proud, and rightly so. They look great. :)

  3. I love Saturdays in the summer too! I'm trying not to mourn the final three weeks before school starts. I should just enjoy the time I have left, not get bummed out that it's going by so quickly.

    Your flower garden sounds wonderful. I have the opposite of a green thumb...what color is opposite of green? Red? So maybe I have a red thumb? I deeply admire people who have the patience and endurance to produce a garden. :)

  4. Lovely photos again Nicole.

    I enjoy the simple beauty of our part of Iowa. I grew up on a street in a town much like yours (only smaller) and live in one now that's similar.

    It's kinda cheesy, but there's a nugget of truth to the Field of Dreams quote: "Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa."

  5. Katie, nothing wrong with having a red thumb. ;) And is it really only 3 weeks until school starts? My big boy is going to kindergarten!

    Jennifer, I almost used the Field of Dreams quote in this post! Almost. I'm glad you can relate. :)