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64° with a high of 88° and sunny. The air feels wet right now, so it's also going to be humid. A chance of rain tomorrow.
Bernie at our reunion, and at a retirement party there were cheesy potatoes. I honestly would have had more potatoes over another sweet desert. Now that is a meal! Once people taste a ''real'' egg, they realize the difference. DD raises chickens that run free, so I know that egg! It's a lot of work to provide people with food. I'm glad to see the market will continue to do better instead of fade away.
OK, now I'm really hungry!
Celia, ROTFL, I never read a post ahead, answering as I go. WE are hungry!! Love the snaps. Have a great time Oma!!
Marsue, ROTFL over the deserted island!
Ric, good thing for cameras and chloroform. That's the only ways I'm counting his eyes! Gorgeous! I didn't know honeysuckle came in that color.
Kelli, your sister was a cutie! You sure found an interesting thing in the middle of nowhere. Love the bell shaped flowers and that each is different. One up-turned, one down.
Chrissy, fun to be busy!
Sunfarm, perfect sense. Ooohh, pretty daylily!
Dyson, I was going to wave at you today. Sorry to hear you were sick. Been there last month! Grrrr!
Pepper, thanks for the new beginning. I'm sure your prediction is as good as any weather ''guy'' :o) I love the landing/take-off pose!
Sunfarm, a very graceful picture!
I haven't had any cloudy days to take pictures, The sun really washes out the daylily color. Besides, with the mosquitos I need a zoom lens!
After the rain, the ''Blanche Sandman'' Honeysuckle really burst into bloom!
Mid 80s and sunny til early afternoon. Then minor stoms moved into the area and will be around til sunset tonight. Tomorrow more storms.
The good thing is as soon as I got home this afternoon I got 4 out of 8 bushes planted!! Both my dwarf willows and 2 knockout roses. I had planned on mulching them today too but the rain came in first. So no mulch yet but they did get a nice bit of rain on them.
Butterfly on coneflower. Different view than yesterday's.
I asked her - though it was futile - she and I both know that her limited lung capacity makes this climb imposable for her and she thinks my heart attack makes it likewise for me. I do not think likewise & anyways would rather die on that mountain than a hospital bed. I am not trying to kill myself, rather enjoy what life I have left enjoying what I want to do with it.
Exercise is good for the heart; overexertion is not. It does look pretty steep--those contour lines get pretty close together, Dyson. I hate to take sides, but with the hot, sticky weather now coming back I suspect she was right to have doubts about your safety. My DH went out early to clear a few trees off a path to the lower fields for the horses so they would not have to get out into the driveway and got winded and soaked with sweat before I realized it. At least he had his cell phone and called DD to come fetch him on the 4-wheeler so he didn't have to walk back up to the house, which is about 120' higher than where he was even if it was less than half a mile away. At least our cultivated berries are easily accessible.
Horrid forecast for the whole week-- mid-to-upper 90s and high dewpoints, with no precipitation until late Friday.
Hot and Humid already this morning.
Started at 70° and 100% Humidity.
We're at 73° and 94% currently.
Heading for 92°.
Smog alert from yesterday has been lifted.
Smells of gunpower.
They certainly helped China's economy last night! LOL!
Dyson how about doing the hill in increments.
1/3 up then back.
Next trip 2/3 up, etc...
Probably better to set a realistic and SAFE goal.
I rehabbed my Son from a stroke years back.
Push but not to the point of failure or in your case HA.
Hot and humid here today. Rain showers a few times so all my plants are happy. Managed to harvest my grow bag of red potatoes. Got a gallon pot's worth of taters. The ones in the ground aren't ready yet I don't think. Foilage still too green and healthy.
Details for Monday, July 05 (Evening)
Evening: Mainly clear. Low 63F. Winds light and variable.
Went to a house warming at a step nephews new rental. got a few good pics of where the power line crosses the top of the mountain from his front porch. Also noticed that he is about to be run over by Kudzu. He had never heard of it before. Got an idea for a new enterprise. Will post pics when I have them downloaded.
HOT here today but the humidity was only 50% at 89° so it didn't feel too bad.
We went Butterfly hunting again w/ Eric.
Found a few new ones but really scored w/ the Dragonflies.
They were everywhere!
Got pictures of 7 different ones at least. Some of the Damselflies will be a while in ID'ing.
Here's a pair of Band-winged Meadowhawks.
The next pic gets a bit pornographic... lol!
72° and cool. We had 1/2'' rain yesterday. Most of it Sunday night. Yesterday, I worked all day on putting too many pictures in folders. We'll have a high of 85° and a 60% chance of scattered T-storms. Gonna be muggy and mosquitoey!
We had a really nice family B'day party for my uncle Sunday, and got my 81 year old Dad home at 11:00 pm. He's usually asleep in front of the TV by 6:30 pm. Now you see where my early to bed early to rise comes from.
Alright Dyson. Sorry your computer is sick, LOL! Glad you're back anyway! It looks like a neat place to ride, but Sue is right to worry. Women want to grow old together and don't like the idea of being a widow. Men just say ''eh,'' even tho they know the risks too.
My BIL got a new toy last summer. A motorized byicycle. It pedals, but it also rides with the flip of a switch. Pretty neat. His other brother got one too.
Sunfarm, I'm glad he was able to call home.
Ric, my cousin and her brother both packed fireworks out in California. Some were packed for rock concerts. They worked year round. My cousin just quitting this year because of health problems. Not work related. She's SS age.
Pepper, sounds like a nice first harvest of potatoes.
Wow Early! Neat color and cloud!
Dyson, glad we don't fight Kudzu here.
Ric, LOL! I've had a lot of randy dragons flying all over and I was sure I saw a red one here the other day! Love the name on these!
I had two volunteer sunflowers. This one is such a creamy beautiful yellow and got 7' tall. I use the black oil sunflowers.!
Celia, now that's far far away, LOL! Beautiful picture! I always think sunflowers are happy too.
Dyson, glad you're back to work.
I got a nice walk in this morn and came home wet to the underclothes. It's humid! We had 6/10'' rain in the guage, so we only got a tenth yesterday. The sun keeps trying to come out. I'm not accomplishing a lot outside this year :o(
It's 84° and my flowers sure look nice from the windows!
Nearly ready for another market.
Fun now, there is so much produce to take. High humidity & temperatures with sun & no wind make for fast growth.
Have 3 kinds of onions, 3 kinds of peas, red & Yukon Gold potatoes, beets, carrots, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi, & tomatoes going today.
Found some hens on Craig's List. They are at Allison, IA. So will be heading there tomorrow morning. They have 50 Barred Rocks for sale. I am taking all of them. 160 miles one way.
Pepper, I was going to say Painted Lady cat, but I'll wait for Ric's final word.
Bernie, you're one of the lucky ones! Stay forever young!
Ric, day trippin sounds better than hammering in the heat. Are you canning beans? Perfect bean meal! YUM!
I woke to pouring rain, lightning and thunder. It sounded like hail mixed in, but I couldn't see any. I slept pretty good, so I don't know when the rain started. I hate having to sleep with the windows closed. You can't hear much, but it's too humid. We'll be in the mid 80's today with a chance of rain all day. I'm glad we don't have to get the boys till tomorrow. Then we have them till Monday. DD is showing her Boer meat show goats.
Wish we could have some of your rain, BP, but none is forecast before Friday here. Overnight low was 66 and it is now 82, climbing rapidly to somewhere above the 92 I recorded yesterday. Yes, we are under a heat advisory.
Did my monthly grocery shopping right after my 8AM weather reporting and was back home in two hours. Half that time was on the road to a nearby town where I can get through the whole store in about half the time it takes at the same chain's mega-multi-market in the next bigger town that takes an extra half hour on the road.
As I closed the gate to the yard I looked up the draw and saw sunlight streaming through the just-lifting fog. It was really pretty; I will look tomorrow and see if I can get a picture if it happens again.
The catipillars I found on my Razzmatazz coneflower, then a few was on my filidpilia (sorry can't spell it, it's native) and now my hot lavas are leafless, toothace plants have holes, along with a bunch others in that bed. LOL. They have been very active in there.
Ok, on to my weather; was hot and humid this morning then this afternoon scattered storms and showers moved in and knocked the humidity down. Now it's sunny again but there is still rain in the area, just scattered around.
Here is my filly plant. That's my new nickname for it. LOL. I have a tag buried somewhere around here. I'll look up the real name in a second. LOL
Details for Thursday, July 08
Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 98F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Evening: Some clouds. Chance of a shower or thunderstorm through the evening. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable.
It's 72° and humid. I heard it rain around 11:30 pm, but none yet today. And, it's Dyson Dark. The robins are singing. I have hardly seen a little one. I hope the cats aren't getting them.
The two male neighbor cats decided to have a growling and yeowling fight this morning. The young one is small and feisty and the older cat is huge and more mellow. Both cats are young, but Shugs basically sleeps here and Sneaky comes to eat.
We get the Grandkids this early morn and it's off to Walmart for groceries.
I'm home and already working everyday...ugh! Everything was in order at home except for the tall grass in the lawn and many weeds in the garden. I have my hands full!
I had a great time with all the family together, especially with the new member!LOL He is too cute and already has a personality ! I enjoyed talking to him and he seemed to enjoy it too, looking with a wondering face at me!LOL Andreea and Ozgur are still learning to talk to him, but they seem to find it unusual...they will learn it soon, especially that the little guy cries a lot lately, so he will need some distraction. I told Andreea she needs to talk to him , sing and dance, whatever it needs to make him stop crying. They are all missing me already and we are missing them too, but what can we do? We are thinking of moving there with them if we can find a buyer for our house...would be great!
I have so much to tell you about my vacation...it wasn't much of a real vacation because I had to cook, drive, iron, do laundry, walk the baby, rock the baby...ugh, that was exausting , but Nicholas is such a sweet baby and grows so well , the views there were so great and we had such a wonderful time together that nothing else counted.
Everyday was planned while following Nicholas' feeding schedule. Me and Andreea were out together in the morning and in the evening with the baby, while the men were watching the soccer games...you know it's the World Football Championship in South Africa.
I drove Andreea's car here and there, mostly for buying groceries, but also for going to Lugano, a bigger town nearby(accross the lake). I especially liked the buidings built in stairs on the mountain, looked so great from above. I had so much exercise while walking up and down on those streets!LOL Also, the bars and terraces near the lake are so close together with those narrow streets, so the atmosphere seemed so intimate. All the people living there are knowing each other and say Hi to everyone.
Enough for now, I'm at work and need to start working!LOL We have a new President and he just came by for a visit. Take care of you!
I'm sending a few pics of my garden and lawn, just after we arrived at home. These were taken with the new Sony camera the kids gave me as a gift while I was there with them...it has 14.5 MP!!!!
Celia, my Queen is right around 3 feet tall right now. I just planted it last year. It has a nice clump but so far no seedlings coming up anywhere. It will get taller and bushier but I want it too. lol. We have it at my old job too and it stays in place there too. We cut it down later in the year there. Very hardy and very pretty.
I see now that my cat picture didn't go thru. Must have been distracted. LOL
Today was really humid but we only reached 81. Humidity supposed to go away tonight and it will just be in the 80s tomorrow. No chance of rain I don't think.
Adina nice to see you back!
What a Wonderful Vacation!
Love the photo albums.
HOT here today for sure!
94° w/ a H.I. of 104°.
We moved rock this morning.
Puttered w/ the plants the rest of the day.
Called it a day about 3:30.
Tomorrow we should see a temp of near 80°.
Hopefully some rain tonight or tomorrow.
So far two T-Storms have boiled up and fizzled before hitting us.
We're seeing lightning to the south but too far away.
There's currently a storm hitting Louisville but I'd say it's breaking up also... errrrr!
We have though picked 3 quarts of beans this week!
Maybe tomorrow it will be cool enough to cook them...lol!
Like the red admiral, Ric. We seem to be overrun with pearl crescents. They are cute.
We are finally getting the much-heralded break in the temp and much-needed rain. It was 94 here yesterday afternoon, only down to 73 this morning and rain moved in starting with a scattered shower just before 7:30. It is now coming heavier-- a blessing.
It IS cooler here but so far all the rain has missed us.
Seems to have been breaking up just before it hit downtown.
It is raining there now so hopefully it will hold together long enough to get to us.
Got a picture of a Question Mark Butterfly Weds.
77.9 °F with 92º for the high. 20% chance of thunder showers.
Dew Point: 50 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.00 in(Rising)
Heat Index: 78 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 6.00 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 10000 ft
Scattered Clouds 15000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Don't know Pep but it's DEFINITELY an interesting plant!
Cindy Congratulations! Great Shot!
We finally had two different showers.
The first around noon dropped 1/2" in about 30 minutes.
The second hit about 15 minutes after we joined our neighbors on their deck at 8PM.
Probably 1/4" more and a nice, but faint, rainbow.
65° cool and dew wet! Going to warm to the high 80's today. We took the boys out to swim in their pool while DH did chores for DD. I dug out the old, old, bikini and got in the pool too. Heck, we're in the middle of no-where out there. Who's to see? I joked to the boys, "Look at my fat belly sticking up there." A few minutes later the oldest jumped on me with his inner tube. He said he needed some dry land. He's 6.
Sunfarm, they are adorable orange kitties, and yes, they ''bid!''
Adina, I'll bet it's hard to wake up to a quiet house. Nicholsa is going to miss you terribly. There might have to be phone calls so he can hear your voice. I so enjoyed your ''vacation'' thru the pictures and stories! The zinnias really grew and the lawn wasn't as bad as I expected. I'll bet you had a lot of bees. I'll have to come back to the albums. The boys are stirring already.
Cindylove, nice picture of the tiger!! Love the little zinnia too!
Pepper, the bloom resembles a silene or laurentia, but those leaves! Neat!
Had my nephew today and man he was full of it today!! We were at Subway at one point and I had to literally pick him up and hold on to him to keep him from running in circles again. That boy just goes and goes and goes and does not stop!! LOL!!
Either Blackout or Mambo blooming. I can't remember which one is which. LOL
Our neighbor loaned us his pressure washer so we finally got the deck and patio cleared of all the pond and construction mud.
Man it makes a difference.
They came over about 8:30 and just left.
It was nice sitting out by the pond. Temps were perfect, right at 70°, and a slight breeze.
70° and a chance of rain today. It looks like it's breaking up as it comes in from the NW. They say 100%.
Sunfarm, glad you got rain. That's a good amount. Pretty sedum!
Dyson, hope you saved the 'maters! Love the lively breeze!
Pepper, ROTFL!! Love the whichever lily!
Ric, those pressure washers are nice! Sounds like a nice evening! LOL over the hunting, but what a great shot! Love the blossoms peeking out, and it looks like the one on the left is falling.
We took the boys to the Riverfront Park yesterday. It's improved much since I was a kid. We used to put the boat in and go for a ride, or, go to the grandparents ''cabin'' on the breaks. That was a long ride when you were excited to get there, so sometimes we opted to ride with Mom in the car.
The boys had a blast running thru the fairly cold water.
Wish I had gotten a thunder boomer during the night. I've turned on the sprinkler this morning because still no rain here or at least not enough to count. My friend 40 miles to the north and another one 35 miles to the SW both have had good rains in the last few days but not here! :o((
I didn't realize I was so far behind over here. too much to comment on everything but I will say to those of you who have posted BF pics: great photos! I think I saw a pearl crescent for the first time yesterday. Naturally I didn't have my camera outside with me and when I went inside to get it and came back out the little critter had disappeared. I wouldn't have known what it was if not for your photo, Sunfarm.
BP: the boys look like they are having a great time playing in the water! Don't you love the remark about "looking for some dry land"? ROFLOL
Adina: Your zinnias appeared to thrive while you were away--and the clover, too! :o)) I know you are missing DD and Nicholas! Will you and Cece be able to find jobs if you do move? I'll check out those links to your photos in a bit. I really enjoyed looking at the other links you posted for us.
Sun is shining brightly. It was cloudy all day yesterday but only produced a few drops of rain--at least at my house. I need to go move the sprinkler.
Y'all have a nice day!
Bernie: the 'maters do look better after their "haircut". LOL
Celia: Isn't it amazing how creatures like spiders, which are definitely not beautiful in my book, can make such beautiful webs? Garden spiders-the big green and black kind-- are the one exception, I think, when it comes to being beautiful.
HOORAY!! It's raining--actually raining! Doing the happy dance here!
Lots of rain here today. Last storm was a biggie. Rained so hard it got on our picture window which is hard to do since it's under an overhang. And it was hailing and the wind was going in circles it seemed like. So my mom and I headed down to the basement and I peeked out the window. A couple minutes later it died down and I went and got some pictures. Now it's sunny and thundering. LOL
Pepper: it's a good thing that limb fell the way it did otherwise the roof would have most likely been damaged!
Adina: I need to go and read your article--missed it, somehow.
BP: lol at the "cabbage patch kids"! Looks like the bugs like them, too!
Bernie: have a safe trip today!
Hot and humid again today with a possibility of storms. I'll take the rain but the hail and strong winds can stay away!
# Today: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, possibly severe. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. Heat index near 105F. High 93F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
# Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms. A few may be severe. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. Low around 75F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Rainfall may reach one inch.
A storm came thru about 3 hours ago.
It ranged from MI to the TN border.
Dropping rain all the way.
As it reached here it split and went right around us.
Then re-formed east of us and is again dropping rain from Canada to NC! LOL!
Looks like the Cincinnati and Cleveland areas are the only two places in Ohio that didn't get a drop.
We'll be in the mid 80's today and mostly cloudy.
BP love the 'cabbage patch kids'. Hate cabbage! lol!
Here's the front entrance.
The Trumpet Vine is in full glory.
Here's the cactus in the lower left corner of the previous shot.
They are 5 years old now.
This Opuntia, Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa), is native to Ohio and virtually spineless.
But it makes up for it by being loaded w/ glove piercing glochids.
Think fiberglass between your fingers
Hi guys! It's very busy here, I kept picking up seeds from the foxgloves, dianthus and columbines...just finished it...ugh!
I just saw the article today, it's an old one, I wrote it last summer...thanks for reading it!
It's been very hot here, almost 100F, but some clouds appeared tonight, so I hope we get some rain . Otherwise, I'll have to water the garden in the morning before I leave for work...grrr!
We have another opportunity of moving in another house, not far from ours. If we can sell ours and buy that one, it'd be a bargain! It's a bit smaller than our house, but also cheaper , so we hope to get enough money on ours to pay the mortgage. If we can find a buyer, we could move in until fall. Still, moving to our DD's place it's our goal. Just saw Nicholas on webcam last night. He got bigger! Andreea just bought him this new carrier so she can carry him everywhere around the apartment with her.
Nicholas is really growing, Adina! I know you miss getting to see him everyday. Good luck with selling your house if that is what you want to do.
It's really hot there, isn't it. I hope you get that rain you need!
I managed to get a few pics when I was outside earlier.
I think this is an Eastern Black Swallowtail--feeding on a milkweed.
After we got home yesterday, I mowed. I barely got the front yard finished when I felt big drops of rain. By then I was almost running, trying to finish the last square. I got it done, put the mower away, locked the garage and shed, and came in. It POURED! We got 2 2/10'' rain. No wind and only a bit of thunder, but it got Dyson Dark! I just have the small back yard to mow today. We have a high of 84° so it won't be too bad.
Bernie, hope your tiller is a nice one! I haven't picked one out yet, but I will this fall. I think you are the only one eating out of your garden this year, LOL!
Marsue, last head of cabbage I brought in had no bugs inside. I cut it in half and soaked it in salt water. It was good, and tender too! I hope you got rain! The black swallowtail is gorgeous! A flower among flowers!
Ric, I've have had so many rain storms split and reform around me in past years. Now we seem to be in the path. Hate cabbage? Wow, your trumpet vine is thick! I'll bet there's a lot of hummingbirds around! Nice cactus! When I was young, I held a fiberglass lamp shade between my knees. That itched for quite a while.
Oh Adina, back to the daily grind! Nicholas IS growing and she styled his hair!! He looks so happy :o) I hope the house swap works for you and really hope moving to Switzerland is possible!
Pepper, I love those $5 plants! And being able to plant after that rain, wonderful! My Casa Blanca opened yesterday too! It's beautiful!
While the older Grandson was in the garage, putting screws into a board with holes Grandpa helped hand drill, the younger was walking the yard with me. I had him rub the agastache and smell. He was umming over all the fragrant blooms after that. We stopped in the garage to see what his brother was doing and he told Grandpa we were walking around... looking at bees... 'melling the flowers... all very nonchalant. Usually he's the one with the tools in hand and his brother is following me.
Then I let them cut flowers for the vase. Oh my! What a treat! I wouldn't have had a bloom left if I hadn't been there to say ''enough,'' LOL!
Pepper: you got some bargains--that is always fun! Pretty bloom on the Casa Blanca.
BP: aren't grandkids grand?--especially when they are little and still full of wonder! Glad you got your yard mowed! I need to mow mine but it is too wet around here--it's been a while since I could say that! LOL Maybe tomorrow it will be dry enough to mow.
I can stop whining about not getting any rain. We have had quite a bit over the last 2 days and it was raining again this morning. This is supposed to move out tonight and we will be dry again the next few days--not to mention hot and humid with heat indexes up around 100F+ !!!
# Today: Locally heavy thunderstorms during the morning will give way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Humid. High 91F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
# Tonight: A stray thunderstorm is possible through the evening. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 76F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
The tiller is a Troy Built Pony. Just what we need for weeding work. Very good shape.
It has the bolo tines which the new ones don't have. When another company bought out Troy Built, they must have thought eliminating bolo tines was a good idea. Now the new tillers don't work as well.
Guys picked beans yesterday. A 245 ft long row of green beans gave 6, 5 gallon pails full.
Off to use the new tiller. Foggy this morn.
Bernie, I think I know what the bolo tines look like. Why do they think a person won't buy something unless they change the design? I'm glad you found a nice one. I'm also learning more about tillers all the time. Dad has a small Ryobi cultivator someone gave him and it just bounces over his clay. I know I don't want something like that. He also has the large tillers and they are as old as me.
I would have cried if Mom had sent me out to pick a row of beans that long. I think I'd cry today, LOL! Good thing you have plenty of people to help!
Mau, The swallowtail picture is gorgeous--both the bug and the flowers. I am still trying to sort out the various species--black, spicebush, pipevine, etc. I get confused easily. At least I know the red spotted purples don't have the swallow tails, even if markings/color are similar.
Adina, Nicholas is losing his newborn look. Good luck with house sale/purchase. You'll have a new yard to landscape!
I read all the posts and then forgot what I read! LOL I reread everything so...
Pepper, eeeeeek! on all the rain, downed tree and FUNNY!!! about 'cabbage patch kids'!!! LOL
Great shot, Ric. They're fun to watch. I love your garden pics, too.
Nicky, is indeed loosing the baby look. He's going to be very handsome, I think.
Waving to those I missed!!! (((((wave)))))
78.6 °F with 94º for the high.
Dew Point: 54 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.83 in(Rising)
Heat Index: 79 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 6.40 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 14000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Waving!!! I've been so busy at work and home I can't keep up with anything, the IRS, Dave's family, stress at work, argh! Muddling through it and after tomorrow some of the stress will be relieved, then when my tax gal gets her paperwork on Thursday that will be another stress reliever, too much at once!
Hot, humid and heat index reached around 100. The heat index and temps will climb as the week goes on. It was so bad that coming home I turned the air on instead of driving with the windows down like I always do. lol
I'm assuming this is zinna but not sure. lol. I think it is cause the leaves look like it. I'm enjoying it anyways.
gonna be hot here, too! heat index up to 110F WHEW! My yard needs mowing but it will have to wait until at least 7 p.m. I'm not gonna get out there in this heat in the middle of the day!
Pretty flowers, Pepper and Celia! My zinnias are blooming, too, Pepper, but the batteries in my camera went kaput so I have to get some more before I can take any pictures.
# Today: Sunny to partly cloudy. Humid. Heat index near 110F. High 97F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
# Tonight: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Humid. Low 77F. Winds light and variable.
Well, it's going to be a hot one today. Right now it's 74° with an expected high of 93°. It's also a little drier this morning with no fog and it will be mostly sunny.
Sunfarm, I have two butterfly books, and found one on just caterpillars in Barne's and Noble. I use them a lot! Nice hibiscus! They are blooming around here too. I had a bush that was a seedling from a weedy type, but it only bloomed a very short while. I took it out.
Ric, nice picture of the skipper and the butterfly bush bloom!
Celia, it's good to be busy! Helps the mind, LOL! Love the cinnamon ears :o)
Ric LOL! Well said to Chrissy!
Marsue, looks like you had a nice day.
Kelly, I think I'll match you for heat today! I'll have to walk extra early so I don't come back drenched.
Pepper, that's hot! (Paris Hilton's expression, if we all remember her, LOL!) Love love love that bloom!
Ric, you got a bit more rain than me, and ours all soaked in!
Celia, love those blooms!! What are they?
Marsue, I got my back yard mowed yesterday and it was hot even tho it was before noon. It's not worth over-heating out there!
I cut another head of cabbage and pulled more beets. The neighbor offers us corn and a few cherry tomatoes keep ripening. I have to buy potatoes and fried some for dinner yesterday. I love them with horseradish! I also had a small pattypan squash to eat before I pulled the vine from the compost pile. We don't care for it and it was crowding the potato and acorn squash also growing. So, I got to eat a few things from the garden :o)
BP, It's funny, but I have not seen any volunteers on our compost pile this year, despite the weather that has made everything else lush. I had two tomato plants and picked 42 squashes from there last year.
We had a total of 1" of rain yesterday; that was plenty to wet things down and not wash out the road.
Sunfarm, nice squash! 42 are more squash than I've ever had at a time, LOL! I threw all my old seeds on the compost pile and an acorn squash is what grew. I planted 'Carnival'' along the cucumber fence, so I was happy to get something different and I do have two volunteer tomatoes in the back. I'll take all the food that grows this year!
Celia, I should have known because I think Ice Plants are so pretty! If you like squash, you'll most likely be happy with any kind you get. I love the trellis and how you have it planted! Neat rocks too! Aurora will love to play on them when she's walking :o)
I was at an elderly friend's house a couple of weeks ago and noticed a plant that she had along her garage. It wasn't blooming, but I loved the leaves. It was a plant her Grandmother had had, and they used to add the leaves to a bouquet for the cemetery. I could come get a start anytime. I went and got this morning. I was pretty sure it was Tansey, something I've wanted for a long time. It is! She had no idea what it was. I'm thrilled to get it, and to know it came from a family! Those are the best plants. I'll share some of it with my neighbor.
It's 89°, I've walked and hung clothes. Nice breeze and I think the skeeters are slowing down for a day or two.
BP: nice story about the tansey. Hopefully you will share a photo of it with us. Pretty butterfly--I'm not familiar with that one.
Celia: the arbor is looking pretty. I was about to tell you that the bee balm will be getting a lot bigger than that until BP said hers is staying smaller.
Bernie, you are not supposed to have that kind of heat up there, are you? Unfortunately, you are in our league right now!
Most of the volunteer squashes were something that looked sort of like yellow striped watermelons; they were edible but not really that tasty. There were some butternuts that were flavorful and some bottle gourds, which I dried over the winter.
77° and humid cool at 4:45 am. No rain, but there could have been. It's breaking up before it gets here.
Toyota just had an ad at the top of the weather page (National Weather) of a Toyota blowing up, to recreate a new Toyota. Come help celebrate our new vehicle. Kind of an odd way to catch someone's attention.
Marsue, with a lot of rain, the beebalm might grow as tall as the others, but I think it's a smaller one to begin with.
Sunfarm, that is quite a collection of squash. It's too bad they weren't all good. I'd have tried a ''pumpkin pie'' from the less tasty.
Pepper, lovely red daylily! Compared to the weather it actually looks cool.
Bernie, that cool front should drop over us today.
Ric, pretty brugs! Do they smell good?
Celia, neat stonecrop! I've never heard the name before.
Ric, I never thought of underplanting with verbena! What a great combo and I'll copy it next year! I love nicotiana! What a gorgeous color! Goes well with the blue bucket, LOL!
Tansy for Marsue (It can be spelled with an e, but this seems to be the common speling)
61.2 °F with 94º for the high.
Dew Point: 46 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.05 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Pollen: 5.30 out of 12
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Nice photos, everyone!
Sunfarm: nice grouping of squash.
Pepper: pretty color on that daylily!
BP; the tansy looks "fern-like".
Ric: Brugs are so pretty but I don't have any place to keep them during the winter, which is why I don't have any. My nicotiana has dried up from the heat and lack of rain. Maybe they will revive after the rain of this past week. Yours is really pretty.
Celia: nice coneflower---"My, what a big eye you have!" LOL
We are entering the so-called "dog days" of summer. :o(( (wonder where that term came from?---it's too hot for even dogs to be outside--maybe that is where the term "hot dog" came from---LOL)
# Today: Mostly sunny. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. Heat index near 110F. High 98F. Winds light and variable.
# Tonight: A stray thunderstorm is possible through the evening. Some clouds. Low 77F. Winds light and variable.
Sunset from a couple of weeks ago--June 29th to be exact
The Dog Days comes from ancient Greece, Egypt (start of the Nile flooding season) and then Rome.
It refers to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, at the same time as the Sun.
We had a bit of a scare yesterday.
The somewhat new fridge, 2 1/2 years, started making a terrible racket.
Turned out the officially 3 1/2" of rain we got the other day and all the humidity it generated had frozen the coils.
We turned it off fror and hour or so, let it thaw and it's working fine now, knocking on wood!
Looking at 95° today.
We're having good luck w/ the Ec's this year.
More sun, rain and certainly heat has caused them to fill in nicely.
These are two years old.
That's interesting Ric. Hope that fridge keeps working for ya, those problems are no fun, especially when the appliance is that new. Your brugs are blooming before mine are! Mine are budding but last year got up 9 to 10 feet tall, this year the tallest one is about 5 feet.
Nice sunset Mau!! I need to pay more attention I suppose.
Celia it looks like a pink sunflower! LOL!!!! Love the color of that cone flower, very nice!
nice coneflowers, Ric. Names? I take it you and Robyn don't have a/c or you do't use it--thus the fridge coils freezing up?
Crissy: are those brug leaves? Too bad they aren't edible--or maybe they are! LOL
HOT---feels like I am stepping into an oven whenever I go outside. Needless to say, I only go out when it is absolutely necessary as in: "Friday" needs to go out!
These are Coconut Lime (white) and Tomato Soup (red)--this was taken last month.
Good Morning! 67° with a high of 90° expected, and a light breeze. I hope it isn't humid. I need to mow and it's going to be near 90 all week. Eeek!
Yesterday was near perfect for summer and we got the garden pretty much weeded. There's something dead among the asparagus fronds, but we can't see it. My callas, 4 O'clocks and glads are just breaking thru, so I have those blooms to look forward to!
Celia, nice shot of the coneflower! It's a nice pink!
Marsue, that is a gorgeous sky!!
Ric, that is a scare! I'm glad you figured out the problem and it's working now. We ran uptown yesterday to see about a new dishwasher. This one is 13 years old and barely works. I refuse to go back to washing by hand, ick! AND, that is a lot of rain!! My Cones are doing well too! Nice picture! Love the longer fronds on the white bloom!
Chrissy, it took me a minute to spot the okra pods, LOL! We don't grow that here in the midwest :o) Your's is a nice healthy plant!
Marsue, I HATE to stay inside in the summer and have to go out no matter how hot it is! And I do. Wow, Tomato Soup really stands out! Nice Coconut Lime too!
Sunfarm, at least you found a way to eat the squash. I've had a couple of the large one's I didn't care for. One was the slate blue color and the other was a Turban's Cap. They were dry and kind of bland. It might not have beena good year, or, that's just how they are. I love squash and the new pretty colors are so sweet now. It's a big change from the baked acorn I hated as a kid, but like now, LOL!
Pepper, LOL over the shirts, as long as everyone re-hydrated and didn't get sick! No, your lily doesn't look good. Almost like a bug got to it.
Ric, oportunity knocked! I love it that you built something so quick!
I hope to get a walk in this morning while it's nice. I get so far behind here when I shut down early. I've been up an hour and wrote this post and a d-mail answer. I don't know how time gets away fom me. I even have a faster computer now.
Oriental Lily - Casa Blanca and False Japanese Aster - Hortensis
Details for Friday, July 16
Partly cloudy early followed by scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot. High 93F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Evening: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening. Partly cloudy skies after midnight. Low 71F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%
100º for today. I'm going to curl up with a good book and relax today.
I talked to Crystal yesterday and she had some news about Aurora. They have her on a sleep apnea monitor. She has stopped breathing a few times at night. Scared Crystal half to death!!! I know babies do that but it is frightening when it's so close to you.
Celia, Hope Aurora will be OK. The monitor sounds like it should bring peace of mind for everyone.
Bernie, You have quite an operation; wish you were close to us. We have a CSA subscription for the second year in a row, but the dingbat insists on bringing things I tell him I don't want. I thought we had that problem solved but apparently not.
BP, I think squash is one of those things that is an acquired taste; my kids still don't like it, and they are all in their 40s now. At least they don't eat with us often.
Another hot one-- upper 80s with scattered showers, but none near us for now.
Ric: when I was a little girl, there was a fig tree in our yard which always had a bunch of figs on it. Unfortunately, they attracted wasps so my daddy cut it down. That didn't bother me one bit as I have never cared for figs--I still won't even eat a fig newton. :o~
Celia: so sorry to hear about Aurora's sleep apnea. I'm glad they have a monitor for her now. That should take some of the worry off Crystal but it is always a concern to think that your baby isn't breathing properly.
Bernie: nice potatoes!!! They are certainly a lot cleaner than any of the potatoes that are available in our grocery stores down here.
Crissy: what do you do with your brugs in the winter? You don't have a greenhouse, do you?
BP; you are a wimp!! (joke) 84F would be great mowing weather for me! ROFLOL
Sunfarm: I never liked squash until I was into my 30's. Now I like all kinds of squash. My kids (ages 38 and 46) still won't eat sliced fresh tomatoes although they both like dishes with tomatoes in them and they both really like salsa. Go figure!!
Hot, hot, hot. I'm not even going to go and look at the thermometer on my back porch. Walking outside is like stepping into an oven!
BP, yes, she should outgrow it soon. Or, to better explain...
She may have what's called central apnea, obstructive apnea or a combination of both. If it's obstructive apnea, they'll find what's causing an blockage and remove/fix it. If it is central sleep apnea, the brain isn't sending a signal properly to the lungs to make her breathe. Babies will sometimes have breathing pauses for up to 15 seconds. That would be normal. CSA makes them stop for 20 seconds or longer. So...when she gets older, she should develop the brain function further and she'll be fine.
Fig trees can be weeds around here. Birds (and maybe squirrels or rats) spread the seeds. DH is always cutting them down. He's allergic to the sap but he takes no precautions to protect himself, either. I've never had the fruits because I can't tell when they are ripe. They don't turn brown or anything. They'll just be on the tree and then they're gone.
Almost as hot as yesterday
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on July 16, 2010
Dew Point: 58 °F
Wind: 8 mph from the SSE
Hi guys! How I missed you all ! Thanks everyone for your kind words and encouragement ! I am finally catching up with my threads and I'm feeling up to it!LOL I was so exausted after I came back from my DD's, but now I'm starting to feel better, even the back ache is almost gone. I guess with all the excitement I forgot I was an old grandma !LOL
It was so nice to catch up and look at your beautiful pictures!
Celia, I'm sure it was just a scare and Aurora is a healthy baby, nothing to worry about! I imagine how Crystal got scared because Andreea got scared too when Nicholas stopped breathing for a few seconds when he choked while she breastfeeded him...she was hysterical "Mom, he got his lips blue, do something!" She was lucky I was right beside her, like almost always when it was feeding time (and we were watching a movie while she was feeding the baby), so I told her just keep him up and pat him on the back, he will breathe ...huh! I experienced this month such a wonderful way of growing a baby without being panicked, always knowing what to do...awesome feeling!LOL
Mau, great sunset and flowers!
Ric, your garden looks awesome, love the trumpet vine and the trimmed hedge.
Sally, I enjoyed so much your pictures with the boys, so cute! The story of your Tansy made me search for more of the plants on my field and will be the subject for an article...thanks!
Bernie, wow, you have such an industry there! Your know I found some potatoes already grown and ate them a few days ago...talking about volunteers plants from the compost, I have a few potatoe plants !LOL
Crissy, great view of your garden!
Sun, it would be great to have another garden to landscape, but I don't think it will happen because the real estate market is low and we can't sell the house at our price...but we're going to try!
Kelly, I hope the fire stays away from you!
Pepper, wonderful lilies!
Dyson, same here!
We had a several storms and lost the power several times for a couple of hours...ugh! One of the lightnings I saw, went so close to the ground and lit up...grrrr!
No more rain today, we're expecting a heat wave coming towards us. About 93F=33C at noon, no clouds, no wind...it's going to be tough for people going outside! I'm at work with an A/C in the office, so no worries!LOL
New picture of Nicholas...soon , more from my garden. I have to figure out how to use the new camera, the pics are too large and it takes too much time to upload ...or, they are too small, for email attachments...grrr!
71° with and expected high of 90°. About like yesterday. I mowed with cooling off periods. Then I weeded out the quickweed and grasses. The mosquitos are down to a few so I took advantage of it. I think I wore myself out :o)
Marsue, laughing! I'm pushing that mower! I like fig newtons, but in small doses and then I've had enough.
Dyson, the price we pay for a little water :o)
Celia, I'm glad she'll be OK. It's a good thing Crystal caught it when she did.
Kelli, missed you! I didn't know the sap could be an allergen. Wow, hot and dry.
Adina, I'll can see how all the strength you had while helping, all came crashing down as soon as you got home. Rest is a good thing! You helped Andreea so much and now she can be a confident Mom. I'll have to keep an eye out for your new articles. I don't seem to have enough time here while it's summer. All you can do is put your house on the market and hope for the best. Someone might meet your price. Nicholas takes such handsome pictures! I can't wait for the first smile!
Celia: I am sure it is comforting to know that Aurora will outgrow her sleep apnea. In the meantime, it is good that she has the monitor.
Dyson: Lukewarm beer! --double yuck! LOL I'm glad your electricity wasn't off for more than 2 hours and I know you think that was 2 hours too long!
Kelli: I didn't know that about the sap on the fig trees but then I didn't know that mint could cause a poison-ivy-like rash, either--until I found out the hard way! LOL Needless to say, there is no more mint in my garden!
Adina: Nicholas is such a handsome baby! I hope you are rested up now. Good luck on selling your house. It seems that the housing market is depressed world-wide. :o((
BP: my hat is off to you if you mow your entire yard with a push mower! I mow mine with a riding mower except for a couple of places where I have to use the push mower because I can't get the riding mower into those places.
# Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Humid. Heat index near 105F. High 93F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
# Tonight: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Humid. Low 74F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Just for the record and safety's sake, all parts of the Datura and Brugmansia are poisonous!
And a few people have reactions to the sap.
They are hallucinogens. They include the Locoweeds.
Adina glad to see you are getting back in the groove.
The front hedges are the only pruning I do.
I think the formal hedge w/ the wild, jungle look of the rest of the yard makes a good contrast.
Glad you agree...
Bernie that's a nice operation!
Is that a commercial dish washer?
GREAT looking potatoes!
We had a T-Storm roll thru about 6AM.
Looks like about 1/2" of rain.
We've settled into 'Deep South' mode for the next 10 days for sure.
Temps in the low/mid 90's Day. Around 70 Nights.
About 5° above Ave.
The cabinet is just waiting for the top.
Robyn sanded, primed and then painted the interior.
Easier to do on the ground.
Yes, we've got the weather too. I was awakened at 3:19AM with the first round of thunderstorms; the second came through at 4:45AM, and it started back up again at 7:30, though with not as much lightning nearby in time for my 8AM obs. It was 90 yesterday, 70 this morning, with 1.11" of rain in the gauge.
Celia my goodness what a scare for Crystal! And you! 'm glad she got the breathing machine and hopefully will grow out of it soon.
In that picture they look like Okra, I didn't think of it until you said it! They won't here in a few days probably. No, I don't have a greenhouse so I cut them down in the fall right before the first frost, like when it's forecasted in the 7 day forecast, and store however many stems I want to grow the following summer in water in the garage. I'm going to take Charlotte's advice and just store as many as I want to grow instead of the whole bush.
We had a thunderstorm last night at about midnight and we're having one right now! Woo Hoo Rain!
I hope everyone up north is safe from the severe weather heading your way again, we get ours in spring and fall and I completely feel your pain!
Look at all those taters!!! I want to grow some more red taters, our crop seemed a little small.
Thanks, everyone for the comforting words. Aurora has stopped breathing for upwards of 30 seconds while sleeping and turned blue, too. They did some tests yesterday and found no obstructions, so, it's central apnea. She will outgrow it. Most do. Crystal feels better and so do I.
88.3 °F with 97º for the high. We made 103º yesterday.
Dew Point: 51 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.01 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 86 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 5.20 out of 12
Clouds: Few 12000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 15000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Quoting:Just for the record and safety's sake, all parts of the Datura and Brugmansia are poisonous!
They are hallucinogens.
Back in the days of yore, the local Gabrielino Indians (and probably others) made some kind of datura drink to induce hallucinations that they thought were of a spiritual nature. They knew how to make it and use it, but I'm sure there were fatalities from time to time. If hallucinations are anything like normal dreams, I'll pass. My dreams tend to be unsettling.
That's scary about the babies not breathing. I would never have known, and if I was the mother, I would have been as scared as the rest.
You're going to laugh, but man, is it humid out there. I did some work out there for a while, hoping that maybe it can sweat the sinus infection out of me. (Humidity at our house is 44%.) It will get hotter than this today.
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 10:51 AM PDT on July 17, 2010
Dew Point: 57 °F
Hot and humid. Heat index reached 108 today. Not much of a breeze so it's like a sauna out there. Last night we had a storm roll thru and flood our yard and road again. Never seen my road or yard flood so much in one year before. Used to be it never happened.
Ric, After Eight is done blooming and I found out yesterday it's normal for a lily to lose their leaves afterwards. I was at PG talking to one of my former coworkers and asked her about it.
Kwanso blooming. I have this everywhere. I would like it more if it would always open like this bloom and bloom for more than a few hours or a day.
77°, barely cool and a good long deep rumble of thunder from lightning I saw streak across the sky. No rain yet, and we won't get hit with the heavy stuff. It's going south-east. The map is just covered with lightning blocks down there. 15 minutes later, a light sprinkle. I just went out and put the potted plants in the garage that don't like it wet. 40 minutes later, still a light rain and a breeze in my north window. It won't last much longer.We will still hit close to 90°.
Marsue, I didn't know that about mint! Someone just gave me the regular and chocolate. I potted them up till I know where to safely put them. (Runners.) Yes, I do push, and I have deep ditches. It takes me about an hour and a half. I couldn't ask for a better work-out. But the next mower will have to be self propelled. I'm NOT getting any younger!
Ric, it's always nice to put seldom used things above the fridge :o)
Sunfarm, nice amount of rain. I hope you need it ;o)
Dyson, ditto ;o)
Chrissy, I don't grow okra either, so I was way off on identifying :o) Wow, rain for you too!
Celia, I feel much better too, especally since there is nothing to remove. That's pretty hot.
Kelli, talk about dreams! Just before I woke up this morning I dreamed I walked around to the front yard after being gone, and the yard was entirely stripped of grass, flowers and shrubs. I was so mad and was talking to the guy who was still here. We ''knew'' the ditches were to be worked on, but the grass was still on them. I was so glad to wake up because some blue language was going to happen. Do you think I felt guilty for doing nothing but moving from chair to chair all afternoon taking a me day yesterday? I sure enjoyed the slight breeeze and perfectly quiet town, but it gave me a nightmare :o)
Sorry you're going thru sinus. Don't you just hate the humidity?
Bernie, it is a nice washer to have! Your glads are gorgeous!! I'll bet no-one can resist taking a few home!
Pepper, ditto here on so much rain at a time. I don't think the weather patterns are going to be predictable any more. Kwanso is very pretty!
Celia, I love the sparkle in your Mom's eyes. I see where your sense of fun comes from :o) She's a pretty woman! Yaaay, suprise colors!! Oooh Oooh Oooh on the sunflower! So zen and YUM is right!
You and me, both, sunfarm! We are not likely to cool off much, though, until at least the middle of September. :o((
Well, I had a long post all typed up with comments on everybody's post and then, WHOOSH! It was gone--disappeared into cyberspace! GRRRRRRRR.
I'm not going to try to duplicate it but I do want to compliment Bernie on his beautiful glads! and Celia on her beautiful mother! (P.S. Celia--will you be so kind as to save some of those sunflower seeds for me?)
BP; dreams are weird--which is why I make it a point not to remember mine! ROFLOL A real dragonfly on a fake dragonfly--ironic, indeed!
Congrats to all of you who have had some rain--if you needed it, that is.
We are dry again. I haven't been as fortunate as Crissy has in getting rain.
# Today: Mostly sunny. Humid. Heat index near 110F. WHEW!! High 97F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
# Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Humid. Low 76F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
We had a storm last night but no rain. Some big branches on the ground otherwise nothing. Central MN & Twin Cities area had lots of big hail & high winds. Lots of trees down & cars smashed from hail.
Nice this morning. 68º & light breeze.
Details for Sunday, July 18
Mostly sunny early with isolated thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 89F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Evening: Isolated thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Humid. Low around 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
68°and a bit chilly. There are a few rained out clouds in the north, but we could get rain here later. We're also in the shaded area for tornado activity today and tomorrow. We'll have a high of 86°.
At 4:45 am two hoot owls were in the neighbor's tree hooting almost at the same time. I don't know if it was male and female or parent and young. The outdoor cats didn't appear till the hooting stopped.
Bernie, I was watching The Weather Channel videos of the storms this morning and there was a blue house featured. I thought of you. I'm glad it wasn't!! Your tomatoes are beautiful!!
Dyson, has it rained from those occasionals?
Ric, do tell!
Pepper, I picked the one ripe tomato, let it sit on the counter overnight and cut it for yesterday's dinner. It was terrible! I don't know if I'm going to grow anything good this year either. Pretty daylilies! All too soon they are going to be done :o(
Apples. A couple from the tree and the ground. My Dad's are doing the same. Not all are like this, but I'm betting most of the tree is worthless. We didn't spray for anything either. I haven't looked this problem up yet.
Sorry to hear about tomato and apple troubles. We are awash in blackberries. I need to get out and pick and freeze more.
Thunderstorms overnight-- 0.61" of rain in the gauge, high in upper 80s and low 90s forecast all week.
Bernie: those tomatoes look yummy!
Dyson: did you get one of those "isolated" thunderstorms?
Ric: you are teasing us! We'll be awaiting the announcement about the projects! LOL
Pepper: your daylilies are certainly going out in a blaze of color! I especially like that red one.
BP: do hoot owls eat cats? Sounds like the outdoor cats weren't taking any chances!! LOL Ewwww-those apples look yucky--so sorry about that. Too bad about the tomato, too. All that anticipation only to be disappointed!
Sunfarm: It's blackberry cobbler time! Yummy! (drooling here). Pretty photo of the BF.
Another hot one expected today. It is currently overcast and earlier this morning it felt like we might get some rain, but nothing has developed. I suppose there is still hope for one of those isolated showers to drop some rain over my house.
# Today: Cloudy early with isolated thunderstorms developing this afternoon. Humid. Heat index near 110F. High 96F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
# Tonight: A stray thunderstorm is possible through the evening. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 76F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
79.0 °F with a high of 97º. We made 100º yesterday. We heard a report that one of the nearby roads is falling apart in the heat. Zoinks!!!
Dew Point: 57 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.91 in (Rising)
Heat Index: 80 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Pollen: 4.90 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 13000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Sally, sorry about the apples and tomatoes. I found a few tomatoes, still green but a bit brown . I suppose because of so many rains we had while we were gone. Now they are fine, hopefully will ripe well. Thanks for the the lovely words.
Mau, I also have a push mower...just used it today!
Pepper, lovely lilies!
Celia, great pics! Any news from Aurora? Your mom was such a beauty when she was young, like a movie star!
Kelli, take care and get well soon! Interesting info about the indians.
Ric, I had a neighbor who scratched her arm in a datura pod and it got swollen and blue. She had to go to the hospital. Thanks God I never had such a scary episode, I'm very careful, but thanks for the information.
Bernie, those glads are gorgeous!
We're having a heat wave, 95F and a rainstorm(or more) everyday. Today I mowed the lawn in the morning, then we suddenly saw these black clouds coming towards us, with lightnings and thunders...in 10 minutes the storm started!!!!
The storm didn't make damages on our street, but in Bucharest some branches damaged a few cars.
74° and drizzles of rain. We've had more thunder tha rain so far.
I got a nice walk in. Almost made it around town without talking to anyone. Dad was out, so I had to stop there. From there I could see my brother, so I waved at him. Across the highway, my Uncle was out, so I stopped again. Ahhh, the life of a small town!
Sunfarm, those blackberries are a treasure! Nice butterfly shot and I love milkweed blooms!
Mau, I believe that's what happened to most of my adopted outdoor cats. They always disappear overnight. I always hope the outdoor cats just know, to not move.
RIC! That's not telling us anything. We love your projects!
Celia, I'm not suprised the road is breaking up in the heat. Do you have a lot of semi traffic? Wow, that's seeing a thistle in a new way!
Adina, that's good to know about the datura! We sure can learn from others misfortunes and hopefully prevent new ones. Wow, that sortm sure popped up! I'm glad you had no damage!
Ohhh Nicholas! The first of many many smiles and laughter to come!! You are so cute!!
Celia, that is a good picture of Crystal and Aurora! SYou can tell she has her hearts content in her arms!
Ohhh Aurora Eve! You are punchin and lovin every minute of it. You are fiesty and adorable!!
We have a highway in the city that has partially collasped. At least 2 lanes are gone, the retaining wall, and the guard rails are down too. It's a mess and they aren't sure yet what caused it to give out.
It is super hot today and the heat is not going anywhere anytime soon. Heat advisories and warnings are out for at least half of the state plus part of Kansas. Highs in the 90s with heat index between 105 and 110. Tomorrow morning I have a softball tournament with some coworkers. Thankfully it's only in the morning!! LOL
I saw my first tiger swallowtail today!! I only managed to get one pic of him and barely at that. He knew when I was taking pics and made sure to keep moving. LOL. See if you can find him. LOL
Oooooo, precious babies--Aurora and Nicholas! It's good to have babies to talk about on the thread again, especially now that JW is growing up.
Adina: that was some storm cloud! We could use some of that rain here. I have been watering again today.
Ric: please tell us you are not putting a used potty in your garden! LOL
I see him, Pepper, and a handsome fella he is! I haven't seen any of those around here but I saw 3 Eastern Black Swallowtails in my garden at the same time yesterday. In years past, we have had roads to buckle because of the heat.
I bought batteries for my camera today so hopefully I can get some good photos of those 3 EBST BF's I saw yesterday.
The blackberries actually look better than they taste, IMHO. They are thornless, so not as flavorful as the wild ones, but are fine in smoothies, etc. with yogurt, buttermilk, vanilla, etc. I discovered last year that cobblers, etc. made with them taste much better if I slip in just a few elderberries.
Pepper: good luck with Don Juan. I have two of them but they aren't doing well--probably because I have them planted in clay dirt and I haven't enriched the soil or fertilized them--plus I don't water them like I should because they are away from all my other flower beds and it is not as convenient for me to pull the hose over to where they are. Shame on me!
# Today: Partly cloudy. High 94F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
# Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 76F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.