What beautiful summer-like weather we've been having lately. It is hard to stay inside the house when the sun and warmth finally arrive. After working outside in the heat, I made some rhubarb punch to refresh us with supper.
2 cups finely chopped rhubarb
4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ginger ale
Pour water into a sauce pot, and then add sugar. Stir until sugar is disolved. Add rhubarb, and bring to a boil. Once mixture reaches boiling, boil for two minutes and then remove from heat. Strain rhubarb, and allow juice to cool to room temperature (about 2 hours). Pour juice into a pitcher and add lemon juice, orange juice, and ginger ale. Serve over ice.
Does anyone know what type of irises these are? *edited- Chinese New Year bearded irises- thank you Diana!*
These were the only flowers planted at our house when we bought it. They were so uncared for and crowded that it took me two years to make them bloom. Imagine my surprise when for the first time they rose out of the ground as nearly as tall as myself and put on a dazzling display. And they multiplied!
We are getting ready for a mother's day barbecue at our house. Once a year we try to clean up the construction mess as best we can and allow our mothers to visit without hard hats and safety gear. It is a lot of work. We shop vac the drywall dust and splinters up from every corner, remove cobwebs in places we never look, and present a mowed lawn and weedless garden for just one weekend. And then, after the visit, we go back to tearing the house up. This summer we'll be camping out in the living room while the Mister rebuilds floor trusses in two more front rooms and finishes installing sheet rock. We are hoping that after this season, we will have the front half of our house completed. It won't be finished in the sense that we can put down carpeting and start decorating, but it will be rebuilt, insulated, and of course structurally sound. When I can say the words "Half of our house is done" it will really be a red letter day!
Oh, it was also three years ago today that we officially moved into this house. It's easy to remember because it was our wedding day!