Good morning. 7:00 a.m.
There’s a backlog of photos in my files and a few unwritten post ideas I've jotted down. They’re waiting for me and begging for attention. They'll just have to wait. Folks, for reasons beyond my control, there are not many words I can spew tonight. I’m too aware of the wet shirt that’s sticking to me and how I need a cold shower after working outside for an hour. Late afternoon on Monday, I had the stupid idea of digging up a small dead tree and replace it with a butterfly bush. Nothing stops me when I have an idea but the heat beat me up and I suffered for it. This is the best I can do tonight.
National news tells the story, I know. I need to say it anyway:
IT’S DAMNED HOT AND DRY HERE.
We’ve had 20 consecutive days of high temps between 90 and 105 F with humid conditions and dangerous air quality.
Three days of record heat have been recorded and today was one of them, at 100.
Not a drop of rain has hit the ground since July 27 and July was way below normal for rainfall.
Senior citizens are suffering.
Dairy cows are dying due to heat related illnesses.
Foliage, trees, and flowers look very depressed and birds pant.
“Dean” is out there…we're hoping to get a few days of steady rain out of him.
Observing water shortage conditions, I haven’t run the irrigation system in almost a week. Tomorrow, it’s set for 6:30 a.m. to treat the earth and to give the birds a nice shower. Boy, I’d love to be home to see them lift their wings!
Look closely and imagine the fragrance. Ahhh… My little Magnolia tree is fighting the dog days and winning!
Tufted Titmice reduce me to a pathetic and frustrated idiot. There is more to worry about than getting a shot of a Titmouse! For months, however, I’ve been waiting to be able sneak up on one and get a sharp photo but they wait for me to tip-toe towards them and flee! I grimace and whine every time.
This is my latest shot of the little scoundrel. Of course, it’s out of focus as are most others I take. When I downloaded this photo I was surprised to see a neighbor I haven’t met. Ooops! I saw him working on his deck in the late afternoon sun. The poor guy took a needed break from the heat. I wonder how many flies he swallowed when his jaw hung open. I kept an eye on him.
Gosh, I've had enough of this post. I'm off to see what everyone else is enjoying. A water park, perhaps?