6:00am: wake up to a cat's paws patting your face, rather insistently.
Very reluctantly open your eyes and see two cats sitting on the bed with expectant faces, like you promised to take them to the circus for god's sake.
Get up, drip espresso, add ice and milk, feed cats, find sunglasses, open back door.
See the potting table you bought off Craigs List sitting in the back yard. All three of you are surprised. You because you forgot, it all happened quickly and after work, the cats because they hadn't seen it till now.
You walk down the stairs, the cats leap from deck onto potting table and begin sniffing. The woman who made it has dogs.
What a morning. Rain and cloudy skies in the forecast. Forecast be damned, full sun.
Walk around the garden and decide on a green and white theme for FITH. Hope to project a cooling feeling. Already covered in sweat.
Pick, strip, plunge into pitcher of water, flowers I mean, spray on bug repellent, ice more espresso and get to work in the garden.
10:00am: switch to sparkling water and lemon syrup. Drink deeply.
Leave garden, eat, shower, fall into deep sleep in airconditioned house. Nice.
3:00pm: Decide to use green vases to follow theme. Go up in attic to unearth some. Negate shower.
Make mess in kitchen arranging flowers in vases. Make and ice more espresso. Sweep.
4:30pm: Move vases and shells around, take pictures in a hurry. Friend in from out of town and bringing over her 6 year old son to visit.
6:00pm: go out for fish tacos and limeades.
7:00pm:come home and find yourself playing a hot and sweaty game of soccer with 6 year old.
Score a trillion points. A TRILLION I tell you.
He's a generous goalie.
8:00pm, back on the sparkling water and the computer.
9:00pm, post written.
Gardenias in kitchen window.
Washing dishes no longer a chore.
Dining room green vase full of the first of the limelight hydrangeas, mandevilla vine, oregano, lisianthus, coneflower,lemon verbena,and baptisia greens.
Living room, another green vase full of scents. Rose geranium, pineapple mint, verbena, oregano, abelia, painted fern and more mandevilla.
And on a shelf, a little vase filled with the leftovers, a bit of bush ivy, herbs and a sprig of acorns.
And I am aren't I?
Now, off to your house. I'll stop by Starbucks on the way. Latte anyone?