We're in the height of hot, hot, humid summer, with highs in the high 80s and huge humidity. This is only two weeks after we had high temperatures in the 40s and walked around bundled up. It's a shame, really, because I thoroughly enjoy those 50s, 60s, 70s and low 80s that we missed this year. I'm getting a crash lesson in how to exist in my house when it's hot. Hint: Find someplace cooler to sleep (my bed is on the side of the house that's hot at night).
I've kept my promise not to make any changes to the yard. I'm thinking seriously of buying a few tomato plants from some store and plopping them somewhere, just to be able to taste fresh tomatoes this year. I may regret this, but zucchini is on the wish list, too, and I've used up the last of last year's basil pesto, which froze really well. I want basil. Lots and lots of basil. Last year I had about 12 plants, which was maybe too many for me to keep up with.
The slope past the walkway and to the left of the garage is a candidate. I'm guessing that the former owner had stuff growing there, but have no idea what it might be. There's nothing coming up now.
I'm looking longingly at the below area that's surrounded by driveway, currently halfway occupied by some evergreen bushy thing. There are 4 tree stumps and a fair amount of unused space. I wouldn't be irreparably damaging anything, I don't think, if I snuck a few plants in there. I can also use pots, as suggested by commenters. Eventually, I'd like to clear out the stumps, the brush, the driveway crossover, and make it all into a garden. But not this year. It's like the former owner was trying to pave as much as possible.