So glad it is Friday! Thank you all for John’s birthday wishes 😀
It’s also What’s Blooming Day!
Today is a pseudo rest day. Now that I am done with big rides for the summer, I can relax and just enjoy how easy the shorter rides are. We are planning a 45 mile ride tomorrow, so I took it easy today with just walking.
I made banana custard oats for breakfast. Probably the last oats I will eat until September with the no-grain challenge starting next week! Eeek!
Topped with crunchy Teddy PB and jam.
Work was a slog today. Yesterday was fast and productive. Today, the dictators were problematic and slow. It means I make less money, which is irritating. And you know, if a doctor cannot pronounce a medication, they really should not be prescribing it. 😯
The last of the mango and a whole cucumber with my sammie. Cucumbers are like eating air. They make me belch. 😳 Enjoyed on the porch, although picture taken inside.
Garden is doing good. Colorful right now. My scentimental rose bush keeps blooming and blooming. I just love this bush!
It even looks pretty when the petals drop:
They are so fragrant, too. I think I would love to have about 10 of these bushes in a large garden. The scent would be intoxicating.
Here are a few things that decorate my garden. I don’t have a lot of ‘things,’ but a few. Here is my bowling ball.
I took this out of a flip house I did – the same house I got my ferns and sedum from. John’s mom has a bowling ball in her garden and I found it amusing, so I plopped this one in mine.
I would get closer to it, but it is dirty and I didn’t want to photograph my shame.
This is a metal butterfly that gets eaten by the clematis every year. I keep thinking about moving it, but it is too hard to untangle.
Here is Buddha.
He is only about a foot tall. This is part of the garden I am struggling with finding the perfect plants. Always a work in progress.
My sedum is all broccoli-looking now. That means summer is halfway over. 😥
My butterfly bush attracted a friend at lunch today – a black swallowtail.
Eat up little buddy – the bush is for you!
Here is a funny coneflower.
All cone and no flower. Not sure why it is like that.
This afternoon I decided to really wage war on the battle of the flat tires. I went to the bike shop and picked up some of these. See, my tires are less than 1 year old and I really shouldn’t have to replace them, and the shop said the tires were in good condition. I just couldn’t justify dropping 90 dollars on 2 new tires. They told me these liners would work just as well and if I get a flat with the liners, the company will replace the liner and tube for free! For only $20 for 2 liners, how could I lose?
So, I spent a good part of an hour wrestling those in and got the tires all pumped up. We shall put them to the test tomorrow, hopefully.
I was hot and ready for a snacky:
Ice cream left from the birthday last night. Good stuff. I ate too may calories today.
For dinner, I chopped up most of my basil plants and made some pesto. I just threw some pine nuts that were in the freezer into the processor with some parmesan, basil leaves and macadamia nut oil.
I cooked up a serving of Barilla Plus pasta (it has 10 grams of protein) and added it to my sauteed broccoli and a dollop of pesto.
Tasty! And it really bulked up the pasta adding the broccoli, too. Yay!
I am trying to relax tonight, but might do a little work as I took some time off this afternoon.
Eating some of this:
Tomorrow we are hoping to catch some horse racing at the track!