It has been so blazing hot this summer that I have not been able to enjoy the simplest of things outdoors.
I live on a corner and both streets have been under construction and torn up for months and the grape vineyards once enjoyed have been torn down to make way for a subdivision of 125 homes across the street. Gotta love it if you are in this business but not so good when your in the middle of it!
Every day my house fills with dirt if I leave a door or window open, my patio is covered in it and I get my blower out every morning to remedy the situation if only for a few hours. my grass has died from from all the loose blowing dirt and they have only begun. Usually evenings and mornings are the best here in the San Joaquin Valley but not for me this year.
This is the view from my office, my kitchen, my living room, my bedrooms. I am surrounded by earth movers. We have been in lock down for months, held captive by the reality of urban sprawl.
However, yesterday I met one of my favorite Active Rain Home Stagers Ginger Foust at one of my all time favorite hangouts The Elbow Room and the weather was absolutely stunning...we laughed and laughed as if we had known each other forever. Ginger and I grew up in the same neighborhood at the same time and it was fun to share the cruising in our cars stories. We enjoyed our lunch with cool breezes at our backs and had fun talking about the future. The ensuing rain clouds in the distance were a welcoming sight. The sun is friendly again at last.
This morning I pulled my slippers from my closet which have been stowed away for six months and affectionately put them on, grabbed my luxurious terry cloth robe and dusted it off, grabbed a fresh cup of coffee and my new Sunset Magazine and headed for the patio. The rain last night had quieted the flying dirt and settled polluted particles from the air. It was quiet since construction comes to a halt on weekends...I sat back in my comfortable patio chair, opened my magazine, took a sip of my coffee and sighed...ahhhh, life is good again!
It is 10:30 AM on a Saturday and it is only a delicious 65 degrees outside compared to 90...color me happy!