Hazy, hot and humid.

My rug hooking studio has been transformed into a guest room for the next three weeks.  I’m happy to have my son and his family visiting and it’s much too hot to be working with wool. 

There’s not a lot to do here in rural Perry County, PA.  I always tell visitors to think of this as a time to relax.  We do have Little Buffalo State Park nearby with a big swimming pool for cooling off.  I’m sure the crew will take advantage of it several times. 

When the days are not quite so hazy, hot and humid, I think we will venture a bit farther off to Lake Tobias Safari Park.  We’ve been there many times, but our granddaughter always requests to go there.  It is a fun day that isn’t geared just toward children. 

Hershey Park is also not too far away and if they want to go there, I’ll stay home.  Crowds and rides are not for me.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hazy, hot and humid days of summer.

Yes, it’s true.

Yes, it’s true.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house.  German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May,  1814.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house. German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May, 1814.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen.  After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen. After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed.  I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed. I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

Summer staycation.

I’m not sure how to label the next two months.  Much of the time will be filled with activities other than rug hooking.  But in the middle of it all, I’ll be going to Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village.  I’ll call that an “oasis” of rug hooking.  More on that in August.

In the meantime, I’ll be sharing photos of things around Crow's Foot Farm.  There are always perennials and animals and all things green and beautiful.  Summer isn’t my favorite season, but I do appreciate many aspects of it. 

I hope you love summer and that yours is happening just as you like it.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hustle and bustle of life all around!

I love red hot pokers. We seem to have two varieties that bloom at different times.

I love red hot pokers. We seem to have two varieties that bloom at different times.

Another of my favorite perennials is Russian sage. It’s beautiful to look at and it smells so good! The big fat bees love it, too.

Another of my favorite perennials is Russian sage. It’s beautiful to look at and it smells so good! The big fat bees love it, too.

We used to have a large area of purple coneflowers, but the heliopsis has taken over.

We used to have a large area of purple coneflowers, but the heliopsis has taken over.

The tomato plants weren’t put in until late, so we are anxiously awaiting our first tomatoes. These are cherry tomatoes.

The tomato plants weren’t put in until late, so we are anxiously awaiting our first tomatoes. These are cherry tomatoes.