Yesterday, the kids and I went out and discovered that Bug's sunflower had bloomed. It's not very tall, but is quite pretty. And it looks like there are seven other blooms getting ready! Seven!
It was also pretty exciting to see that the tomato plant is still alive and has bloomed. Again. It's not getting enough water, or is getting too much sun - I'm not really certain which - and keeps blooming and wilting without actually producing any tomatoes. A little disappointing, but at this point I'm really just kind of thrilled that it's love at all. If it bears fruit, that will be a huge bonus.
Really, our outside time yesterday was all kinds of exciting. I finally remembered to buy birdseed, and Bug and Boo were all kinds of excited to fill up the feeder and sprinkle as much seed on the ground as we'd let them.
My sister moved into a cool new house awhile back and had set aside some stuff at her old house that she thought we might be able to use. And since my step-dad came back from Texas with a trailer, we were able to haul over a new refrigerator (Mom's old one, since my step-dad brought a newer one from their place in Texas for their house), some shelves that have already gone up in the studio and more for the garage, a spinning composter and an ancient lawnmower. You know, the kind with no motor.
For the first time in my life, I mowed my own lawn. And it was exhilarating. I'm not naive enough to think that I'm always going to have fun with that, especially as it continues to get hotter and hotter here in the desert, but I certainly felt accomplished yesterday.
Then we got the composter set in place. Bug and I pulled out some of the mulch that was left in it for a project we have planned, then dumped our first big bowl of compostable stuff inside. Bug is so excited about it that he's decided that it's his job to spin the composter. He even walked away from Phinias & Ferb this afternoon to go spin it when he saw me carry a bowl of scraps outside.
Add to things that Richard has been cooking with fire and we've been living in suburban pseduo-homesteader heaven for the past few days. :)