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Our actual temperature right now is 91 degrees F. The humidity is 63%. That means we’re between the “Extreme Caution” and “Danger” areas of the chart. Oh, JOY.
Dump a Day
I am drinking a glass of ice water after Session 2 outside. I cut down a BUNCH of weed trees across the front yard, but I kept the session short due to the heat vs my ‘age seniority.’ :0)
Dump a Day
We don’t actually have window units in our house, but I couldn’t resist the picture of this kitty trying to cool off.
I have one more session in me today, and I’ll cut down as many more weed trees I can.
Otherwise, I’ll save more exercise for my yoga session this afternoon.
Did I tell you I’ll be one of the loudest voices cheering when fall finally arrives?
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My to-do list is longer than my arm today, but I’m enjoying a nice morning first.
We have the front and back doors open, creating a nice breeze through the house. We’ll have to turn on the a/c soon, since the high is supposed to be over 100 today, but I’m soaking up every minute of this. :0)
Feel the quiet. Ahhhh.
Tail and Fur
“It’s raining, it’s pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.” ~ Nursery Rhyme
We’ve already reached and broken the record here in Arkansas for rain in August, and it’s raining again. We may get another 2 inches today to add to the over 11 for the month.
My husband has been gritching all summer because USUALLY we get to a point where it’s so hot with no rain that our lawn becomes ‘brown and crunchy’ (his favorite) and doesn’t need mowing. No luck for him this year. Happily, we have a nice used riding mower to make the job as easy as it gets.
I did a good job on weed whacking yesterday, going all the way around our garden, the propane tank for our shop, and behind the shop, plus the front yard, plus the area between the front yard and the driveway pad. I was planning to work on the back – and around the greenhouse today – but it looks like an inside day for us.
We’re getting ready to enjoy eating with our long-time Lunch Bunch friends. I think we decided recently we had been meeting every Friday for at least 17 years. I’m thankful to have such good, long-time friends. We’ve shared laughter and tears through the years, celebrating, or helping each other through hard times. Today our son plans to come with us!
After errands, we’ll settle in, enjoying a dry home, family, and pets.
I hope that you are enjoying your Friday.
I just came in from taking a quick look at the garden, and then to the other end of our house to the tomato planters. This is today’s harvest, but it’s obvious that the super-hot weather lately has brought a halt to most of the harvests now.
We have had a wonderful time this year. We had a LOT of lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes, and were able to share some of each of these with our friends. The zucchini made big plants, and we harvested several zucchini, but I’ll read about how we can do better on these next year. I also want to plant yellow crookneck squash next time.
The cantaloupe was fun, but all we have are either green or yellowish small ones, all hard as a rock with vines spreading everywhere. I have no clue if they’ll actually continue to grow and ripen or not. Another subject for a lot of reading. The red onions are still looking good. As soon as the weather gets a bit cooler, I’ll start looking to see if any are ready to come out of the ground.
Of course when I was the farthest away from the house, the rain started. I toweled off when I came in, but it’s a very good thing I’m not water-soluble. :0)
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The sky is darkening, the storm is coming. We – 3 people, 2 dogs, and 2 cats – are dry and happy, looking outside. (Our goldfish are inside, but not dry. They don’t care about the weather
much.) Happy Saturday to you!
I just spent half an hour or so trying to prune roses and weed flower planters. I’m embarrassed that some of the weeds are taller than the flowers! Of COURSE it’s hot outside – it IS August and this IS Arkansas, but the humidity makes the heat index 103 and it is still morning! So, I’m TRYING to spend a bit of time outside each morning to try to get things under control. So far, the weeds are winning….
It was really muggy and hot when we went grocery shopping this morning. I had pretty much decided to stay inside today when all of a sudden the sky got dark, the wind was whipping the trees’ branches around and it started to rain!
AHHHHHHHH! This is refreshing for the mind and spirit, if not actually resulting in lower temperature and humidity.
I LOVE IT!
Via Jeff Jett – LinkedIn
Via Jeff Jett – LinkedIn
I’m definitely of two minds about raccoons. On the one hand, I melt into a puddle when I see pictures like this. Awwww.
The other half of me has to deal with the problems they cause us when a whole family decides that our deck is a wonderful place to eat us out of house and home. Not only do they eat every single seed of any type in our feeders, they trash the feeders! If we had raccoons who understood the concept of sharing, or eating without leaving the feeders needing to be replaced, we would welcome them.
We saw one of our long time friends at the store recently. He had a possum on his shoulder! It was really cute, and super affectionate. He had had the possum since he/she was a baby. He also told us he had a raccoon and a squirrel who both traveled with him and his wife, and were trained to walk on leashes! He also mentioned he had 7 deer…. Such a rich, full life!
We have a humane trap that we use on a regular basis after we have clear evidence of more raccoons. We bait it with apples or crackers and peanut butter. We have to be careful where we put the trap because they do everything they can to get out of the trap – of course – and have trashed our barbecue grill cover, plants in pots, etc.
When we catch one, we put the cage into the back of our truck and drive about 5 miles away, relocating the raccoon into a nice creek that flows under the road. Hopefully, this gives him/her another chance at a happy life, reunion with other relocated raccoons – far enough away that they don’t find their way back to us….
This was posted by one of our local weather people on Facebook yesterday. He said today would be much the same. We are in Greenwood (left column).
On that happy note – we plan to do a lot of staying inside!
I hope YOUR weather is much more sensible. Enjoy your Monday.
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We made this mailbox decoration years ago. We haven’t put it up this year and have others scheduled, but this is the way I’ve been feeling lately. The heat indices are between 105 and 110+ degrees each afternoon. You walk outside and it feels as though Mother Nature is slapping you in the face and sucking the breath from your body.
Needless to say, we are thankful for good air conditioning in our house and vehicles, and thankful that we can choose when we go out to do the yard work, working in short sessions, with lots of resting and water in-between.
My husband and I are reasonably active – for folks our age – but this weather really shows up how different things were for us 50 years ago… We happily go about our days, feeling pretty good and doing a good amount of work, blissfully ignoring the passage of the years. THEN – we try to do something outside, coming in wringing wet and panting after only a short time, taking longer and longer to recover with each session, reality rearing its ugly head.
I plan to tackle my to-do list today with ONE thing from the INSIDE list – vacuuming the first floor – and ONE thing from my OUTSIDE list – weed whacking. Anything more will be gravy.
I hope that the weather where YOU are is pleasant.
Jeff Jett – LinkedIn
Jeff Jett just posted this beautiful photo on LinkedIn. Since we’re under heat advisories here in Arkansas, it was so REFRESHING to see this! I hope it gives you some relief, as well as an ‘awwwww’, too.
I was on my way from the living room into the dining area this morning when the view out the back door made me stop and go get my camera. I love the way the clouds form a loose ‘rope’ between the ridge lines sometimes. Almost immediately after I took this picture, the ‘rope’ started to spread out, making a generalized fog that later burned off. But for a short moment, it was magical.
I have promised my husband that in my next life, I will do everything I can to be –
AN ELECTRONICS EXPERT – defencecareers.mil,nz
STRONG AND MUSCULAR – so I can help haul things more easily.
A PHYSICS EXPERT – so I can grasp what we’re trying to do more easily – forensisgroup.com
TALLER – so I don’t have to stand on a ladder to reach everything!
He kindly says he loves me just the way I am – but tell that to me when I’m red-faced, sweating, plus huffing and puffing after helping him bring the new TV out of the truck,
- through the garage,
- up the steps,
- through the gate into the dining area,
- through the gate into the living room,
- and across the floor to where we could set it down.
- THEN we had to fight it out of the boxes,
- stand it up after attaching the legs,
- lift it up to put on the new support in front of the entertainment center,
- and attach all the cords and wires and nylon ropes to keep it from falling….
We did it, and he’s working with adding updates and programming so we might be able to watch TV for the first time in three weeks or so since we were hit by lightning!
If we can get it working properly, it’ll be a really nice gift for the 4th of July.
THEN we can worry about whether the DVR, DVD player, and movie storage system are still working….
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“Enjoying The Rain” -Julian Rad
We have waves of quiet rain coming through. Our doors are open so we can enjoy the deliciously cooler breeze. Today it’s just rain. No lightning. No thunder. No flash floods. No harmful winds. I am going to get a cup of coffee, sit in my recliner and continue reading. Maybe even stretch out for a nap. Ahhhh!
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It’s as black as night outside right now, ready to storm. Before it got dark, I got out and took some pictures in the yard I wanted to share with you. This is one of our Rio Samba rose bushes with Impatiens around the base. We have two other Rio Sambas, but for some reason, their leaves are turning yellow. I’ve sprayed them with fungicide plus all purpose rose bug killer, hoping that will help them.
I love the red roses on this bush. It seems quite happy at the moment.
This is one group of phlox. I love these. They come in a lot of colors. We have a lighter pink shade and this one. I’m afraid if it rains hard, these will be beaten down.
I have to tell you about my stupidity of the day –
I checked my veggie garden and noticed the plants weren’t getting enough water. My husband came out to help me trace the water from the outside rural faucet we have out to the garden. It turned out that I had forgotten about a “Y” connection of hoses we have and it was turned the wrong way. The water wasn’t going anywhere, much less to the garden! We fixed it and tested it. On the way back to the house, Mother Nature rained on us….
Our weather forecast is the pits. The ‘weather weenies” as my husband calls them are saying that Greenwood, Arkansas (where we are) could get 6 to 8 inches of rain in the next 7 days, starting today. When you look at the map above, we’re in the bright red blob that says, “6” – 8″. Even if we ONLY get 4″ – 6″, it’ll be a big problem for a lot of good people.
It’s times like this when I’m really glad we live on top of a ridge line, but many places in Arkansas and Oklahoma have already flooded, are trying to pick up the pieces, and really don’t need any more rain.
I hope the weather guys aren’t upset with me, but I REALLY HOPE THEY ARE WRONG THIS TIME.
Yet another rainy day. It was foggy, too, when we awoke this morning, but that has mostly gone. I MAY be able to do a bit of work outside later, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I’m switching to my INSIDE to-do list.
I feel guilty for gritching a bit about the rain. We are so lucky. Our house is dry, sitting on top of a ridge line in Arkansas, when so many good people are suffering from a 500-year flood. The Arkansas River finally crested at around 20 feet above flood stage. MANY people have had damage to their homes and businesses – or complete loss – in Fort Smith, Van Buren, and other towns in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Some of the roads and bridges are reopening as the water recedes, leaving the devastation clear.
AND, while I gritch about another day of rain, others in the U.S. are dealing with drought and wildfire!
Perspective is all.
“It’s good to shut up sometimes.” ~ Marcel Marceau
We have a really good chance of more severe weather this afternoon and tonight, so I got out and cut some of the lilies that are blooming in one of our planters.
Here are more of the yellow ones in the planter.
And I HOPING that this beauty won’t be harmed by the storms.
It would be NICE if the Lunch Bunch gruesome threesome actually were this young and were actually at the beach, but we’re grateful for what we can get. :0)
This is closer to what we ACTUALLY look like, but it’s what’s in your heart that counts. :0)
Today will be a special Lunch Bunch because, besides the three of us and my husband – who pretends to preside over his ‘harem,’ sitting at one end of the table, Kay’s daughter, LaDonna, is visiting from Albuquerque, and Kay’s husband is taking the week off from work – a VERY unusual thing – so it will be even more fun that usual!
We’ve had severe weather this week, with our friend Linda the closest to the actual tornado that touched down. I don’t think any of us had any damage, although another friend of mine lost a maple tree in her back yard.
So we’ll celebrate being together, being alive, and feeling feisty today!
I hope that YOU are weathering the storms, tornados, wind damage, flooding, and flying hairballs well, too. My heart goes out to all the people who are having to pick up the pieces, trying to put things back together.
We had a productive day today –
- we shoveled the potting soil back into the finished planter before the rains started
- we hauled the bricks that were holding down the tarps over the potting soil and cleaned up work area
- we got our errands done, with the rain starting on our way home
- I scrubbed part of master bathroom upstairs (need to finish tomorrow) – got distracted by –
- I tried on multiple pairs of jeans and finding SEVERAL pairs that were too large – :0)
- I added the too-large jeans to the Veterans Thrift store bag donation
- my husband loaded ammunition for our good friend down the road from us
The predicted severe thunderstorms came and went without causing damage. At one point the sky was so dark I couldn’t see that it was raining when I looked out the window, but I could HEAR the thunder and could see the lightning, and could see the rain streaming down the windows. The wind was really whipping things around, but things have cleared up now and the sun is shining! (I just checked to see if our greenhouse was still standing and it IS. :0)
My husband is asleep in his chair in the living room. That sounds really good, so I’m thinking of doing that, too.
I hope YOU’VE had a good day, too.
We are under a tornado watch the entire day, tonight, and into tomorrow morning.
It was sprinkling just slightly, with rain looking imminent this morning when we woke up, so we spent about half an hour cleaning up our ‘rebuilding-the-brick-planter’ work site, putting away tools, the partial bag of mortar, papers from the bricks we hauled, etc. We’ll wait and see what the situation is after the rains have come and gone before doing anything more.
We’re disappointed because we wanted to finish the first planter today. A challenging job, though, is even less fun when you’re trying to beat the clock, betting against Mother Nature.
I’m going to get out and try to get my garden weeded before the rain, and then we’ll batten down the hatches and hope we don’t have damage from the storm.
I hope you’re safe wherever you are today. Happy Saturday!