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June 30, 2013 / Leslie

July – My Favorite Month

ConeflowerJuly is my favorite month. I’m an outdoor person and love the warm weather. As long as it doesn’t get too humid and the bugs aren’t biting, I’m happy outside. No camping though, I go inside to sleep!

Soon my wildflowers will be in full bloom and the warm weather veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes and squash finally start growing. Plus it’s the best time of year to read out on the deck and to cook and eat dinners outside. And then there are all the fun activities: concerts, fests, farmer’s markets, too many things to even begin to list. In Chicago we cram everything outdoors into three months, June, July and August.


feedlyAs most everyone knows, google reader is gone after today. I’ve finally decided to go with feedly. But before I made the decision I subscribed by email to some of my favorite blogs just in case I missed the deadline. Well, my inbox has exploded and email notifications is definitely not the way to go. I will be switching all my favorites to feedly so if you notice I’ve unsubscribed I haven’t, I’m only reorganizing how I follow.

In the Garden

LettuceMy lettuce has been ready for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been gathering my salad right outside my door. Years ago I gave up fighting the bunnies for my lettuce and moved it up into barrels. So far no bunnies have climbed in and I’ve been enjoying delicious organic salad. My herbs are also in barrels and they are doing splendidly too. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme along with some tarragon and chives. I couldn’t resist!

June Reading Wrap-up

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindellcartoon_owl_sitting_on_a_book_T
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Under the Dome by Stephen King (Readalong)
Mission to Mars by Buzz Aldrin

Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke
Restrike by Reba Williams

How was your reading month?

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  1. Leeswammes / Jun 30 2013 1:45 pm

    Happy July, Leslie! I prefer warmer weather over cold weather too. I’m not really a sit-in-the-garden person, although I did so for a while today, with Alafair Burke’s book. I also did some gardening and two half-hour walks. That is a lot of outdoor for me. 🙂

    Feedly doesn’t work for me. I really don’t know what’s wrong, so I’m using Bloglovin’ although I don’t like it quite that much (Feedly worked for a week in May so I have some idea what it’s like). I transferred all interesting blogs from Google to Bloglovin’ (by hand) yesterday. I hope I’ve not missed out anyone!


    • Leslie / Jul 1 2013 1:07 am

      Actually I like to sit on the deck which has a roll-out awning over it for shade, so it becomes like a room with no walls. Too bad feedly isn’t working for you. It imported my google reader info and all I had to do was mess around with the settings and tweak it a little. So far it seems ok, but I’ve only used it for one day!


  2. Mary / Jun 30 2013 2:48 pm

    Your lettuce looks beautiful! I have a few pots of tomato plants but that’s it. Someday I aspire to grow more veggies. For now I’ll keep going to our farmers market. Looking forward to wild flower photos!


    • Leslie / Jul 1 2013 1:11 am

      You just need a nice sunny spot, some seeds and no bunnies. Those naughty bunnies even ate my broccoli this year. One of them chewed through my plastic fencing and ate half the leaves before I got wire fencing up.


      • Mary / Jul 1 2013 5:46 am

        We have so many bunnies this year! It’s quite noticeable. I can’t believe they chewed through your plastic fence.


  3. sagustocox / Jun 30 2013 3:21 pm

    I hope its easy to grow lettuce because that’s going to be my project next year. Your lettuce is gorgeous. We have tons of rabbits in our backyard, so barrels sounds like such a good idea.


    • Leslie / Jul 1 2013 1:14 am

      Lettuce is very easy to grow as long as it stays cool. Once the temps stay above 80 the lettuce will go to seed. I replant in late August for a second crop. Once you eat the lettuce fresh from the garden you won’t want the stuff in the store.


  4. BermudaOnion / Jun 30 2013 6:14 pm

    I don’t think I have a favorite month, but summer is definitely my favorite season. I love the warm weather.

    I’ve switched to feedly too, but I’m not that happy about it.


    • Leslie / Jul 1 2013 1:15 am

      I’m trying to tweak feedly to make it more like the old google reader.


  5. stacybuckeye / Jul 1 2013 11:50 pm

    July is usually too hot for me, but this one is mild so no complaints. I should have tried feedly, but I’m over at Bloglovin. I miss Google Reader already!


  6. WordsAndPeace / Jul 3 2013 4:20 pm

    yes, the weather has been awesome for the garden: already eating lettuce, a few tomatoes, tons of kale, green beans and lots of herbs. broccoli is coming too!!
    I’m using bloglovin, still waiting for a perfect solution to read my feeds on Nook color.
    I feel I should read your first 2 titles of June.
    Here is my June wrap-up:


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