These are the days that really test the patience and stamina. We finally saw the big 100 on the weather report. Ouch! I could feel a difference in the crowd at WalMart yesterday afternoon. When it gets this hot there is an overall atmosphere of grouchiness. Everyone is sorry they have to be out and they just want to get home. And it may be my imagination, but I think people drive faster.
Difficult to keep everything watered when it gets this hot. The soil temperature, which they also report here, is 89. I've been pulling out some annuals that just aren't worth keeping. Still watering those lovely tomatoes! Ate the first one yesterday! Nothing better.
Gary says I should write about getting old. LOL He is going to the Social Security office this morning to fill out some paperwork. One more year before he can "retire". I put that in quotes because he plans to work part-time for several more years. We aren't in that luxury tax bracket where people retire and move to the balmy shores of Florida.
Speaking of balmy shores- having email friends makes my prayer list longer and longer! I have a dear friend in the path of whatever Dolly decides to do. Please be safe!! Another near the fires. One in Jordan where you-know-who is causing a stir. Others still recovering from the floods in Iowa. It is wonderful to have friends, but I sure have to be more aware of what is going on in the world!
My little world is still full of critters. Susan says she wants to keep up with the skunk stories. Well, a new one arrived this morning. I figure it to be the mother of the little grub digger. Perhaps the old one with the damaged tail is the father. I can sure make up stories can't I?!! Anyway, each is distinctive because their size, coloring, and tails are slightly different. If I got out my bigger lens, or I was dumb enough to get closer, I could have some cool pictures of them. Oh, and apparently rabbits are afraid of skunks, because one got close to the skunk this morning and quickly turned in the opposite direction and ran like crazy!
I also had a close encounter with a scorpion this morning because I was half asleep. I walked into the office to open the internet and there was a dark spot on the carpet which I instinctively stepped over. I made my usual rounds- feed the cats, feed the fish, make coffee, go get coffee- that's about three trips over the "spot" before looked closer and realized it was a scorpion. I thought perhaps Robert had killed it the night before and just left it- no it suddenly wiggled! Well, it's not wiggling anymore. Sorry, but that's one critter I'm not very tolerant of and we seem to have plenty more where that one came from!
Well, I'll post a few pictures before I go. Yes, that is a dead tree behind my sunflowers. Tragic. Already dead when we moved here.