Hello! Did I say last week that we were sweltering here? Sorry – last week was nothing compared to this weekend when we’re supposed to hit 105! We Oregonians don’t usually handle heat like this very well, that’s for sure. Thankfully, we have a heat pump that provides cooling – and we will be spending the next couple days indoors, I’m sure.
At least the afternoons. The mornings I’ll be running around watering our all our flower pots and setting soaker hoses on the flower beds!
Okay, on to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
This amazing rock with stairs our daughter visited in Colombia. This might not be my experience, but I was so blown away by this photo our daughter sent us this week that I just had to share it with you guys. Isn’t that stairway AMAZING? Who would’ve thought of that – and how did they build it?
It’s called Guatapé and has beautiful views when you reach the top – after climbing 725 steps. Yikes, better be in shape for that! And there’s a building on the top – did all the building supplies go up those steps, too? Things like this always boggle my mind. Our world is a wonderful place!
More lake time. Sorry – it’s that time of year, but I promise it’s the last picture! I just felt I needed to get Brian in on the action. (Though it’s so hard to look good in a selfie – whenever I see a good one, I’m really impressed!)
August and September are usually the best months in Oregon for outdoor activities – the green trees against the blue, blue skies all reflected in lake water gets me every time.
Our loaded grape arbor. I shared this a few days ago on Instagram and wanted to make sure you saw it, too, for those not on Instagram (if you there, you’re following me, right?). Grape arbors are beautiful and growing grapes is SO easy. Once you have a strong support for the vigorous vines, there’s just a once yearly pruning and occasional training of the vines.
And when they’re this sweet, thinned-skinned table grape, Himrod? Doubly good! Oh, I should mention this is just one plant – they are mighty, do not plant more than one on an arbor unless it’s huge. Oh, and they take to pruning – even by frost in cold years – and bounce back, though they may take a few years to produce again. Table grapes are something I will always grow!
My favorite Olympians. You may not be surprised that my favorite part of the Olympics has been watching Ashton Eaton and his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton. Not only for their physical feats securing medals in the decathlon and heptathlon, or for the fact that we have an Oregon connection (Notice Brianne’s shirt? And Ashton’s Oregon born and raised!), but because it’s warmed my heart to see their love and support for each other.
As winners, they didn’t immediately pose for the crowd, make #1 postures, or anything – they went immediately to each other. And then to the coaches and family who have done so much to get the here. Only then did they take their flag pictures and victory laps. LOVE it. (Also, Ashton saying this about his wife.)
Links To Check Out:
This 100-calorie healthy foods pictorial is a great visual!
22 recipes for your garden basil.
Such a heartwarming story.
How do you feel about beige paint?
Salmon Spring Rolls– yep, I want this for dinner.
This article on heat-loving container plants is timely, huh?
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