Life Lately - Summer Wrap Up

September 6, 2022


Hey friends, I hope you had a nice summer.  I've been enjoying this last bit of summer and I can't believe it's already September. 

Here are some things I enjoyed this summer.

This summer I went to two family weddings in June and July. 

We have a beach that is only 20 minutes away from our house.  We've been to the beach a lot this summer and I was happy to be able to swim in the warm water.

We've had a lot of BBQ's this summer and we even made grilled corn on cob.  I added butter, salt & pepper, and garlic powder to the ears of corn and then wrapped them in tin foil.  My husband grilled them and they tasted so good.

I've enjoyed sitting in my yard reading some books this summer.

I grew cherry tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and basil this summer.

I made pesto sauce from the basil I grew for pesto pasta.

I'm sad because Bosco has slowed down a lot and he has high blood pressure and kidney issues.  I now give him medications twice a day.  He is such a good sport and doesn't mind the medicine because I wrap up the pills in turkey.  We also bought a ramp for the back stoop stairs so he can go out in the yard without falling off the stairs. He has trouble with his back legs.  In October Bosco will be 15 years old. 

While my daughter was in college she worked at a local Irish bar as a server and bartender.  She enjoys making my husband and I occasional drinks.  My favorite is the Aperol Spritz drinks she makes us.  Below she made us drinks using round ice cubes.

My daughter has also been making duck espresso ice cubes.  The ducks look adorable in the matcha drinks she makes.

My daughter has gone to a few Harry Styles concerts at Madison Square Garden.  I'm excited to go with her to see him perform on September 14th.

We've enjoyed going out for drinks and dinner with friends and family in the city.  We met up with friends at the restaurant Monomono for happy hour with delicious tasting Korean fried chicken.  I had an espresso martini which I enjoyed but sorry I forgot to take a photo of the drink.

I've been going on a lot of walks in my neighborhood.  I love spotting sunflowers on my walks by myself or with my husband.

What have you been doing this summer?

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  1. Julie you have had a great summer. Lots of yummy foods and good times. Summer went so fast. OMG my granddaughter wants to see Harry Styles in concert. I hope he comes to Chicago. Little Bosco is too adorable. I am glad he is doing well on his medications. Getting old is so hard. Hope your Labor Day was good. Have a good week. xoxo Kris

  2. Looks like a wonderful summer ! I love that you made pesto. I used to have enough sun on my patio to grow basil and always made pesto, and froze it. Now that we moved I don't get the right amount of sun and had to purchase pesto. Not the same! Glad you had some concerts and great times....enjoy the coming Fall!

    1. Yes, Ann I enjoyed the summer and I can't believe how fast it fly by. I agree that fresh pesto is so good and not the same as store bought pesto. I hope you enjoy the fall as well.

  3. Thanks for sharing your happy summer with us Julie. It seems it just started and now we are into Fall. Your veggie and herb plants did so well. You are a sweet caregiver to your Bosco, and how nice that he has a ramp. I hope you have a happy week seeing sunflowers in your neighborhood.

  4. What a busy and fun summer, Julie. Bosco is such a sweet pup, I know how hard it is when you fur babies get older. I love the duck ice cubes. I might have to pick them up!!

  5. It sounds like you have has a wonderful Summer Julie, I always think it's sad when Summer ends. I'm sorry to hear Bosco is slowing down it's not easy to see our pets getting older and more frail.

  6. Sounds like you had an enjoyable summer. Your vegetable garden looks great! How fun to have your own personal bartender! Our Sadie is almost 14, so I can relate to Bosco. Sadie needs a lot of care during the day, too.

  7. How fun to have your daughter as your personal bartender! It looks like it was a fun summer.

  8. It sounds like you had a lovely and relaxing summer Julie! I love your daughter's special ice cubes, what a fun idea!

  9. I noticed a lot of sunflowers when we were in Brooklyn this weekend? What beach do you go to? I didn't know there was one so close. Your daughter is quite the mixologist. Love those little espresso duck cubes! I love a good espresso martini! Bosco is so sweet, even as an old "man". He seems so happy!We love grilling corn. It's so good that way and the corn has been delicious this summer! I can't believe summer is over already! :(

  10. I wish I had a space to grow my own vegetable garden! It seems like you've had a fulfilled and memorable summer! Sorry to hear about Bosco.

  11. You've had a really good summer. I didn't know you were so close to a nice beach! We have to wait for cooler weather here to enjoy the beach or many activities. But I'm ready! I'm trying to clean extra now so that I'm ready to play!


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