Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June Is Busting Out All Over!

by Maggie Sefton


Ohhh, what beautiful weather we're enjoying here in Northern Colorado.  Love it,
love it.  Temps are in the 80s, sunny every day, clouds form in afternoon for brief sprinkle. . .or not.  Gorgeous.  I know the folks near Colorado Springs farther south are fighting a horrendous wildfire and have lost nearly 500 homes.  Last year our June was filled with mega-heat and wildfire, thanks to Nasty La Nina.  It was dreadful, and it stole our summer.  We finally got summer back in August when it was on way out.  This year, thanks to those weeks of late spring snow, we have our snowpack back over 100% and have plenty of water here in Northern Colorado.

I'm reveling in Relaxing outside as I do revisions to the Kelly Flynn mystery I've been writing and now finishing.  Doggies and I are enjoying the shade of the backyard patio, enjoying my hanging baskets of fuschia, Bougainville, and salmon pink geraniums.  At night, temps drop no matter how high they were during day,
so it's cool and fresh.  I open all my screened windows on all three levels of  my tri-level house.  Breezes blow through every day.  At night, it actually drops enough in temps that I close windows on lower and middle levels and only keep ones on upper bedroom level open.  But I don't even keep the window all the way open in bedroom where I sleep because it would get too chilly overnight.  Really.  Often I'm getting up in middle of night and closing windows because of a mountain breeze.  And I need a blanket on my bed, believe it or not.

This the first time I get to spend the entire month of June here in Colorado.  June is usually our most gorgeous month, so I'm delighted.  I actually thought back and realized I've been traveling half to 3/4 of June every previous year since the Kelly Flynn mysteries first came out in 2005.  Either traveling for each new Kelly Flynn release and/or traveling for family stuff like graduations.  That's EIGHT years!  I'd say I was overdue for a gorgeous June in Colorado.  Where's your favorite place to relax at your home in summer?

8 comments:

Aurian said...

I just relax on my couch or before my computer, no matter the wheather. But I do love my tiny garden, and I have boughts lots of unknown but colorful plants to fill it. I am the most fond of the tiny petunia's in all those bright colors.

Jeannie D. said...

I love to hang out in my garden, and my rose beds. I have a beautiful bright pink rose that smells heavenly. It definately sounds like you deserve a June to yourself. Enjoy!

Debra Fox said...

I have a little porch off my kitchen where I planted a small container garden. There is a tiny table for a drink and the radio. I check my "crops" every morning. I'm up to nine green beans , one tomato and a pepper.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---I love those too. In fact, I bought a BIG hanging basket thick with deep purple smaller petunias. It's gorgeous.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jeannie D---Oh, I love roses! I have four bushes right in my front garden beside the house and next to the walkway. All different colors. Coral, deep pink, red, and yellow rimmed with red. And wonderful scents. I just love June. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Yay, Debra! Good for you! The veggie I have is a rectangular box I planted with different kinds of lettuce. :)

Whitney J said...

I always enjoy reading your posts. I wanted to let you know that I finished your latest Kelly Flynn book the other day, and loved it! I was out of the country when it was released, so I couldn't download it on my Nook right away, but as soon as I could, I read through it. I especially loved Cassie, and how curious and excited about everything she is. I can't wait to read the next book (being released next June?) and find out how that fire situation is resolved, how Kelly and her friends cope, and especially how the rest of Cassie's summer goes!

Linda Cowan said...

I am a newbie to Colorado. We moved here for the beautiful scenery and weather. Right now I like sitting in the small back yard here - have some flowers and herbs growing.

We are still getting used to the weather, yes the nights get cool. I love it. There are also nice places to walk close to home (Westminster, in the Denver metro area).