Garden time post! But first, I must get to the very important thing of breakfast. It is the start of my weekend, although I had to work job #2 for about an hour. No biggie. Today was a rest day before the race on Saturday, so I was kind of lazy this morning. It was much cooler and drizzly as well, so I had a hankering for pumpkin.
This is pumpkin custard cream of wheat topped with pecans and some cream cheese with powdered sugar mixed up (yes, we can call that cream cheese frosting 😳 ). My trick when I want something really decadent on top is to have the cream of wheat instead of oats. That saves me 50 calories, so the topping can be more indulgent and I still stay within my preferred calorie range for breakfast.
Ate on the porch with some coffee! This was soooo good. I then browsed catalogs online and ordered some fall bulbs. I need to double check where all my others are planted. Good thing I take a lot of pictures of my garden.
Speaking of – here is what is really the crowning jewel of the garden. My butterfly bush.
This is 5 feet tall. I would have taken a picture of me standing by it if I wasn’t in my jammies and unshowered. I was so afraid this one got killed by frost because it had started leafing out really early with the warm spring and then the hard freeze, but it survived. It normally is more arch shaped, but I think the frost kill made it grow a little different this year.
The butterflies just love this plant. These flower cones are about 8 inches long and smell like honey.
The globe thistle also started blooming. Actually a bit late on the photo of this one. I’ll try another one this week on the other blooms.
My first successful attempt at this plant. 2 other times they never grew for me.
Another potted geranium and allysum:
The purple trillium (??) keeps blooming, too. This one wandered into my garden bed, and I think I will take it out.
I cleared out all the volunteer black-eyes Susan’s on the left side of the path, so you can actually walk through it now. Hopefully the other plants will get sun and get bigger on that side.
Lunch time! I made more tuna/hummus on toast for lunch. I almost tried the tuna and cottage cheese, but I just couldn’t make myself do it LOL!
Delicious plum on the side. Plums are awesome right now!
I had to go out and run errands, including picking up food for Pixie (and some hairball stuff….). There was the sweetest dog at the pet supply shop today. Meet Buddy:
Is that the cutest face or what?? He only has 3 legs and is their mascot. So sweet.
I then convinced John to play hooky for a while and go out for a treat. We are buying his birthday cake from Baker’s Dream in a couple of weeks, so we went to go see what flavors they had to choose from, and had to have a little treat to go with! I had a vanilla cupcake. Perfect size.
Plus some coffee. I actually brought a jar of 1% milk with me to add to it, as Baker’s Dream only has half and half, which I just don’t like in my coffee. It coats my mouth or something, but I just don’t like it. I am not above bringing things I want when going out to eat.
It poured all afternoon. Good thing it was a rest day for me and I wasn’t planning on a bike ride or anything….
Chicken curry salad – minus the bed of lettuce. It was cold enough today that a salad was unappealing to me.
The blog was down for a bit this evening. I have to say that I actually like my webhost. I use justhost.com and they knew about the problem and got back to me right away about how they were working on it. Customer service really goes a long way to stand out in a crowded arena.
I had a few extra things to eat today, some blueberries and one of these:
I’ve been very hungry, which seems to happen on my rest days. I don’t mind a few extra carbs for tomorrow’s race. Going to bed early tonight as the race starts at 8 am, and it is 15 miles away!
Question: Do you ever bring your own food out to an eatery?