Uh oh, looks like another construction project in the making. We bought 77 retaining wall bricks from Lowe's to extend the retaining wall along our back fence. Here we have stacked the blocks on the patio after moving them from the front yard. Photo by Glenn.
The area framed by the pergola posts is where the new wall will go. The section currently being held back by a long board is what we will be replacing. Photo by Glenn.
We'd say that Ben is resting up to gather strength to move the heavy retaining blocks. But that wouldn't be true. He's just sacked out on the patio on a warm afternoon. Photo by Roni.
Here is what the wall looks like all finished. The blocks weren't meant to be installed with gaps, but we did it that way to mimic the plantable wall below. Our goal is to fill the gaps with dirt and grow flowers or ivy. Photo by Glenn.
In the meantime, the wall looks pretty naked. We tried to give it some character by inserting crushed lava rock into the gaps. Photo by Glenn.
We spent most of May repainting the water fountain in Summer's Garden. This is the bottom bowl painted in wheat. You can compare that with the original black-on-gray color that is still visible in the center. Photo by Glenn.
Disassembled fountain pieces sit painted and drying before receiving their faux finish. Photo by Glenn.
Back together and pumping water once again, the water fountain sports a new look on May 31. It is sort of an antiqued white. Photo by Glenn.
Roni takes advantage of nice weather the last week of May to plant her tomato garden. Photo by Glenn.
We've made some changes to what used to be known as The Farm behind Summer's Garden. We removed the broken windmill and farm animal sculptures and Roni planted the area in various grasses. They need little maintenance and are nicer than looking at weeds, although we still have plenty of them too. Photo by Glenn.
One thing that didn't move with the planting of the grass garden is the iris barrel. The iris, seen here with Winter in the background, was in full bloom at the end of May. Photo by Roni.
A closer look at the iris blossoms. Wish they would stick around longer. Photo by Glenn.
This is Roni's first attempt at a water garden. She started with canna lily and a parrot feather. We keep the bucket watered and the plants seem happy. Photo by Glenn.
Roni applies a coat of paint to two of the cinder blocks used as plant stands on our patio. Eventually we want to have all the blocks painted in different colors. Photo by Glenn.
The fireplace mantel is decorated for the patriotic holidays of Memorial Day and Independence Day. We try to change the display every few months. Photo by Roni.
Lea and Ben engage in a form of computer dating, which is they got together at our house on May 29 for a Sunday barbecue and an afternoon of playing computer games on their laptops. Photo by Glenn.
Outside, Glenn has the grill fired up and is preparing a tasty rib dinner. Our first cookout of the year after getting the propane working again. Photo by Roni.
It's a great day for the fair. Ignore the dark clouds above and the giant mud puddles in the parking lot. Step in that and you might never be seen again. Photo by Glenn.
It's a Big Fat Sausage. Or a Really Small Bun. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn is bundled in his jacket, but apparently it wasn't cold enough outside to keep the ice cream from melting out of his chocolate dipped cone. Photo by Roni.
One of the art exhibits at this year's Contra Costa County Fair was these lifesize human figures sculpted from plastic wrap. They twisted slowly on fishing line suspended from the rafters. The effect? Creepy. Photo by Glenn.
Roni visits the sheep at the animal pavilion. Photo by Glenn.
This cow seems to know that everything goes better with a smile. Give him first prize! Photo by Roni.
Swift Country lead singer Kaylee Starr does her tribute to country musician Taylor Swift during the fair. Photo by Glenn.
A young audience member gets to hold a ferret during a wild animal show at the fair. Photo by Glenn.
Breathe deep the gathering gloom... It's getting late in the day and the clouds haven't let up any. A tower on the fair's commercial building would make a great lightning rod in the event of a thunder storm. Photo by Glenn.
Katy and Rio are extremely curious about what's in the huge box we got in the mail on June 9. Photo by Glenn.
Fresh from the box, our new 27-inch iMac sits on the desk beside the 17-inch eMac it is replacing. The size difference blew us away at first. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn goes about setting up the new computer in the wee hours of the morning of June 10. Now it's time to figure out how to put it to work. Photo by Roni.
Not to be outdone, Roni shows off her new iPad 2 as she sets it up on June 12. If Apple's stock takes a dive this summer, you won't have us to blame. Photo by Glenn.
Time for this month's obligatory cat photos. This is Katy trying to look cute under the dining room table. She doesn't have to try very hard. Photo by Roni.
Rio has the longest legs of any cat we've ever owned. If he ever grows into his body he's going to be a huge cat. Photo by Roni.
On June 18 we took a drive up the Delta to Happy Harbor. This is the restaurant where we stopped for lunch. Photo by Glenn.
Ben and Glenn wait at our table inside the Happy Harbor Bar & Restaurant. Roni used her iPad to snap this image. Photo by Roni.
It was a postcard perfect day on the Delta. A couple of boats glide through the San Joaquin River with Mount Diablo in the distance. The blackberry brambles in the foreground won't be ripe for a few more weeks. Photo by Glenn.
Ben and Glenn pose for a photo on a visit to Big Break Regional Shoreline on June 15. Unlike earlier in the month, the temperature this fine Wednesday was hovering in the 90s. Photo by Roni.
Roni is back at the shoreline park June 22 for the unveiling of the new Delta map, which was constructed over a period of several months. It is made from concrete and tile with the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers and their tributaries carved into the display. Visitors can pour water onto the map to see a simulation of how the rivers flow. Photo by Roni.