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Caught one day flu yesterday morning but have mostly recovered today. Sure knocked me for a loop though!! lol. I took advantage of a halfway decent day to pull tomato plants. The maters were starting to rot on vine so pulled the ones that could be saved and threw the rest for turtles.
Yesterday we broke a heat record from 1984 with high temps of 107. The old record was 104. Today a cool front is working its way thru the area so we only reached 90s for a high with a small breeze. So today was bearable. Chances of rain later on and most of tomorrow.
Pic of the Elk River from the canoe. This was before we hit all the party crowds. lol
Tough news this morning.
We lost our dog Wu about 3AM last night.
Heart Attack. She had been a little puny the last few days but nothing out of the ordinary.
Haven't got her papers handy but she was 11 years old I'm pretty sure.
Most Shar-pei of her generation passed on at about 5 of a genetic condition.
So sorry. I have lost several dogs in my lifetime and every time it is like loosing a dear friend. My final solution has been to get a puppy when the present sweetheart is getting on in years. Sort of overlap. Always have two dogs at one time. I know your pain and share it with you.
So sorry to hear about Wu. Hugs to you and Robin!!
This morning and early afternoon it was hot and sunny like it has been. Stopped by Walmart and while there a big storm with a major punch rolls thru. Lots of wind, at times 90 mph, hail and heavy rain. Well, with that combo everyone was eventually sent to the back especially since we had no power. Finally managed to leave after storm rolled thru and all along the highway there were signs down. We get home and we have limbs everywhere and one big one in the driveway. All in all the damage here by me was mimimal. A small town 30 min east of me got hit with 90 mph winds and quite a bit of damage to trees and homes.
Now temps are in the mid 80s and cloudy again. Still have a chance for more storms.
69°/83° Through 11am: Light rain. The rain will come to an end around 7am. Becoming mostly cloudy with temperatures steady near the low 70s. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Pepper, Elk River is beautiful! So sorry to hear about the one day flu. Sheesh!
Awesome size on that tomato!! I had to throw my first ones too :o(
Aw Prissy, I hope you've cooled off a little by now.
Ric, huge hugs for Wu. That's pretty tough.
Wow Pepper! We had wind and a bit of rain Saturday night, but nothing like that!
The driveway is done, but we need to put the yard back together. So, we're leveling and filling now. First we had to pick up chunks and get them out of the way. We've taken the dirt piles down quite a bit already!
Roger and I went through this about 6 years ago. I know it's a big, big mess-for quite some time- but it will be "oh so worth it!!!" You will just love that concrete drive, and wonder how you ever managed without it.
I'm surprised to see curbs on the sides. Is that to direct water run-off away from the house? Watch out for the curbs when you're doing snow removal!
Are you going to plant driveway beds?
How long does Tim get to stay home this time?
Don't you just love the fair? It's such a great experience for the twins too, I'm glad you're allowing them to experience this.
How's your plant business coming along?
My tomatoes are coming on strong and I can't believe the number of huge ones this year. Several of them just exploded so fast that the bottoms have split, but there's no BER that I've noticed. I've started picking them a little green and that seems to take care of the splitting.
Glad they are doing great for you!! I've already picked all mine and left the peppers out there to keep going. Was hoping to save my yellow squash but the bugs killed the plant so that's done. Sweet potato plant doing good it looks like though.
65°/83° Through 10am: Mostly sunny with temperatures steady or slowly warming to the upper 60s. Mostly sunny. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Lou, yes you do! We filled in the left side, and I filled in the right side yesterday. DH worked hard at lifting a little sidewalk and designing a new water sluice at the end for any water that doesn't go down the driveway. We have a 50 gallon barrel buried and the boards on top are rotten. Time to make new ones. He's standing at the beginning of the sidewalk.
Thanks everyone :o)
Sasha, we already love it! The curbs came about because the yard ended up a lot taller than the driveway. We've shaved it off and are making a gentle slope down to it. We knew it would be low, but how low, was a lot! They suggested curbs and they really helped! And yes, they will direct the water :o)
I make too many trips across the driveway, so I won't be planting along side it. It's tempting, but no.
Pepper, it's such a shame to lose your garden.
We got to babysit at our house Sunday. I just got done mowing and had a washrag bath and changed my clothes, LOL!
Our high was around 80 today and our lows will be back in the 60s. No rain today but it was cloudy til early afternoon.
Went out and pulled weeds from around my pepper plants. Need to weed whole bed and get ready for fall planting. Just gotta decide what all I can and want to plant. I am gonna do radishes for sure. Maybe carrots if I am able to this late in the year.
Beautiful day here. Sunny 75º no wind, low humidity. We do need rain, although we can water anything in our garden. We are watering pickles so far. Good crop on Monday, picking again Friday.
Strawberries are going nuts. 20 pints today!
This was Sunday's picking. Had 18 pints on Monday.
Here's link to my thread on these. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1175007/
Low 80s and suuny today. Rain coming tomorrow. Low temps to last for the forseeable future. Not normal for August but not complaining!! I need to take advantage of it this weekend and weed my garden out. I want to plant radishes and carrots for fall planting.
63°/81° Through 11am: Mostly sunny with temperatures steady or slowly warming to the mid 60s. Lots of sunshine. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Lou, I feel so bad for you. I put myself in your place and I don't think I could handle it without being depressed. That is too hot for too long and it affects so much. I pray that this is not a weather trend from now on.
Pepper, My other garden is filling up with sorted dirt and I was hoping to Fall plant too. Oh well. Next year.
The right half of the dirt pile is sorted, moved and raked flat, Yahoo!
Well, Hello everyone! I just came to Library and check my email once a week to read all of this!
The weather is getting cool and got some good rain last time...
Went to Dr's last week and got feel better for my tailbone... Took x-ray for my lung and tailbone which it got from the tornado last time (dust in air)... I has go back to this end of August for check up again and see I hope get better...
This week I have to babysitter for my step-son's daughter ( for 2 months) and his girlfriend going to college...
Well, I hope all of you get good weather this month and get more rain again...
What a beautiful day today. Sunshine, 80º, light southerly wind. A day like this would be welcome any day in the summer!
Crew picked pickles this morning. Nice crop this year. We are watering them daily. Lots of muskmelons ripe everyday. We have Super Star variety. Many weigh 8 lbs or more.
Beans went on strike during the hot humid days. They are back like gangbusters now. 4, 4 gallon pails full of yellow ones off of a 80 ft long row. Green are just as loaded.
People love our beans!
59°/85° Sunshine and a few clouds. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Lou, I'm lucky to have more of a sandy loam in my end of town. Dad isn't the lowest point, but lower than me, and has more black gumbo. It gets hard and has deep cracks when we've had no rain for a long time. As you drive 3 miles east of town, it's blow sand. It's different all over. Your dirt does sound like a challange.
Pepper, your plants look great!!
Rusty, ouch on the tailbone and yikes on the dust in the lungs. I hope you get better!!
You are going to be busy with the little one :o)
Celia, we haven't had an August thunderstorm yet, but I'm ready!! How beautiful!!
Bernie, sounds like your part of the world is going well :o)
We moved the dirt pile off the yard Sunday and DH threw down some grass seed. We think we are done backfilling the areas so we can get grass going.
Now we have a large rock pile to shovel onto a trailor and run down to Dad's. After that, I need to keep raking rocks out if I want to keep more dirt for gardening... and I do :o)
Yesterday we took off for the Iowa State Fair at 6:30 am, got there close to 9:00am and had perfect weather. Thank goodness we were in good shape because it's a lot of walking and standing. The food was good!
Sorry. I am a subscriber and when I click on the link it lets me in. Jist of it is, we are not going below the 80's during the night. Normal for this time of year would be in the upper 60's for a low. 16 deaths so far attributed to the heat just in Dallas alone.
Hot, around 97 for a high. Humid too. Bad storms rolled thru last night. I heard on radio last night from weather service that it had produced 100 mph winds but haven't been able to catch any news since. Saw a cornfield with storm damage east of us about 20 minutes.
A picture of our efforts. It took 13 days to sort rocks from the dirt pile, take the rocks to Dad's, fill the sides in after we scraped the high spots, and get grass to grow. We see little green spears!
Not so bad in Central FL. We have been staying under 90 each day for a good week now and predictions are the same for the coming week...fingers crossed, and afternoon rains have cooled our evenings down to low 70's. The last two mornings it was 72 at sunrise for my morning walks...so much nicer than 80 something. Humidity still high in the early and late hours but we're used to that. Hearing some acorns starting to fall from the oaks...always a good sign. :)
More storms rolled thru around 3am. Winds were strong enough that alot of people thought we were having tornadoes but the weatherman said it's just high winds. Some damage here in our yard and at few neighbors. Mostly big limbs down. My grandma's corn is ruined and my cannas are knocked down. My mom had black walnuts hit her car so she has dents from them.
I've had worse damage so it's not too bad really. Just frustrating when you are trying to keep the trees alive. We are losing 2 more trees this year. I hope we replace them with the black walnut trees we have growing in my gardens. I want to keep the trees just not where they are at now. lol
68°/83° Through 10am: Decreasing clouds with temperatures steady in the mid 60s. Sunny. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Hi Sunkissed, awesome photo!
Happy Belated Birthday and I love your garden swing too!
We have walnuts falling already. Not a good sign. The squirrels didn't have much to eat last year and might not this year either. We crack a few, but still have a lot in the freezer, so we won't need to pick any up this year.
Bernie, we've been blessed with the same beautiful weather.
You do put a lot of work into your produce and I'm glad it's rewarding!
50 years, that is wonderful! The Legion, yep, a whole lot of celebrating :o)
Lou, ROTFL! First, congratulations to you for your 50th, and no, we are not old are we? I'm just into my 50's.
Wow Pepper, where are your storms coming from?
Losing those big limbs is so sad. It sure ruins a tree. Knocking the corn down isn't nice either. I hope the dents aren't too bad in your Mom's car.
Walnut trees are good strong trees, altho we've had huge limbs crack under the weight of all the nuts on them. I was mowing when I heard one limb crack. It fell downwards so slow I was in no danger of being hit, LOL!
Got two grandkids sleeping in the other room. The oldest starts school Monday and can't wait. His Aunt is going to take him in when she goes to her class to help with a handicapped child. He's disappointed at not getting to ride the bus :o)
High of 76° today with low humidity and a nice breeze after a low of 49° last night. Yesterday was more of the same. We've had a good summer here since the rain finally quit in late May. Not a lot of rain since then but we always seemed to get some when we needed it so everything is green and growing.
Lou...funny how "old" is relative isn't it?
billy...your driveway project looks great!
pepper...sorry your flowers got wacked. We had heavy hail around this area a few days ago but I was fortunate that it missed me. I have a ton of tomatoes starting to get ripe and would probably cry if I lost those. :-)
I hope those who need rain and relief from the high temps get some soon...
Photo: Big Waves at Presque Isle State Park a week ago.
Terrible day today! 90º with 140% humidity, I think. We were at market & just plain melted. Shirts were wet with sweat all afternoon.
Did have a good market. People are more into canning & eating local grown now.
Early Bloomer love the photos...so those houses on the water...are they gonna be there if Irene gets up that far????
We have been getting lots of rain each night, lots of thunder and cracks of lightning. Lakes are nice and full...waiting for the Cat. 3 hurricane to make that turn...Turn baby turn...all the way out to sea.
Hot today with highs in the high 90s and heat index around 107. Cool front has moved past and the cool air is working its way down here. Can already feel difference when I step outside.
Was hoping to get my veggie bed weeded today so that I can get my radishes and carrots planted before it's too late but when I was weeding around my irises in the shade the heat was getting to me. I dead headed some monardas in the sun and that was all I could do as far as outside work. Between the heat and humidity it was just a bit too intense. Hoping Sunday to get out there and get it done.
Hot Lava coneflowers and red salvia that reseeded and came back this year. No complaints from me!! lol
Nice cooling NW wind all day here. It was fun being outside for a change. A guy came & got 110 heads of cabbage. He is going to make Kraut.
Then we picked some muskmelons. One weighed over 10 lbs. Our scale only goes to 10 lbs.
Workers were pulling onions today. Big Daddy this time. Most are about baseball to softball size.
One picker did green beans. Came up with 5, 5 gallon pails full. Good crop all year long on them.
Should have another big day at the farmers market tomorrow.
Today will be warmer thanks to Irene pulling our moisture away and humidity, bringing in the warm south west wind. She did give us some nice breezy weather the last two days, since she was only 250 miles off our coast at a Cat.2 or 3.
@Billlyporter, I'm just 30-40 min. from the beach, only inland 26 miles, but all swamp land and have to drive around that. That is the Atlantic Ocean from Flagler Beach, FL.
My pic is the edge of Irene two mornings ago while out for my morning walk.
109 right now. .36 of an inch of rain for the last 14 months. I'm letting three of my gardens go because of water restrictions. It was so dry the ground shifted and three water mains burst. Same predicted for the next 12 months. ug!!!! Had to pull all my sunflowers and set up a drip system under the weed cloth and heavy mulch for the new roses I put in there. Had to have SOMETHING out front!!!! All my veggies except peppers and sweet potatoes have had it and they're looking bad. Even my zinnias couldn't make it!! The plants under my shade house have survived the best and my greenhouse has new little plants that will hopefully go through the winter. I got a dehumidifier and a water barrel for it so that I can turn it on at night when the humidity is usually above 30 and get water out of the air...!
One of the problems that I have never experienced before is the low, low humidity. No rain here since Feb. and the heat has dried everything crisp. I have lost many plants that had adequate water and were in the shade but the air temps are just too high. Certainly will be a year of records in every area of the planet as to the climate and storms.
We heard from DH's sister who lives in NC. She sent a video of the wind and rains. They're okay but lost some siding off their old house. They were in the process of moving to Wilmington from Wallace. Those plans were halted and they went back to the Wallace house to wait out the storm. Ironically, her name is Irene. LOL
Well, Happy Anniversary!
So-so day. Sun is out, don't know the temp. Wore out from a long hard week.
I am going to do nothing today.
Nephew came & picked up cabinets yesterday, so nothing to do out there for a while!
Well Happy Anniversary Billy...you know you've been married a long time when you don't even remember it is your anniversary...lol
Prissy and Lou...I really feel for you losing plants because of the drought conditions. I grew up in So. Cal, and lived in El Paso, TX. My father was the gardener in our family and I can remember water restrictions and him trying to keep his roses alive. I still remember the ground cracking in TX and dust storms and tumble weeds blowing around. California we had to evacuate our home several times due to fires. When I first moved to FL in 78 I was so amazed at the everyday afternoon thunderstorms, and almost wrecked my car one day because I was looking up at the huge fluffy clouds in the sky. I still love watching clouds but I do miss the nice dry cool nights we had in California...and no mosquitoes!
Happy Anniversary. Our 50th was in June and we didn't do anything all day. Children arranged a brunch with several friends on the next Sunday at a really nice restaurant. We tend to ignore all of the "Hallmark" holidays. We celebrate every day in one way or another. Hope you have many more.
Today was a perfect day really. A nice breeze and really decent temps!! I went out this afternoon to water and ended up weeding my garden finally. All but the weeds behind the peppers and under all the sweet potato vines are pulled. I had several big handfuls and several smaller handfuls of weeds. Plus found out my potatoes did grow so got about 10-15 red potatoes and one baby sweet potato. The sweets are still growing and the vines are still green so they still have a ways to go.
Oh that cool weather sounds so nice...pepper you have been having even hotter temps than us way down here in Florida...in fact everyone has...but takes a long time for those cool fronts to make it way down here.
Early bloomer that fire shot is nice...did you take that? Love the colors, I'm always taking pictures of our fires, we have a fire pit in our backyard...and go camping a lot.
Sunkissed, thanks! Love the reason for your near wreck. I would be the same way, looking up!
Lou, thank you! yes, we just celebrate every day too. I AM looking for many more!
Happy 50th! Now that is wonderful!
Early, thanks and what a gorgeous fire! I am a firebug at heart :o)
Pepper, thank you! Awesome on the taters! Let me know how the sweets do. I would love to try growing my own.
Susan! Thanks! Come back when you have time. I know how hard it is to have time.
Jeanne, rain, there is hope for Texas!
Pepper, beautiful! I had to pot mine up the other day because we need to lay landscaping stones where they were planted. So far they are doing fine. A few wilty branches, but I'm glad they look so good.
Ric, same weather here.
Sunkissed, another beautiful fire!
Pepper, I love the Silenes :o)
Lou, how utterly disappointing.
Sunkissed, wow! What a beautiful ocean/sky shot! Just beautiful!
I spent yesterday inside, baking pies and watching it rain! We got at least 3/10th of an inch and maybe a bit more. I am so hoping our dry cycle is broken now.
Hot and a bit muggy today. Tomorrow even hotter,muggier but windier. Then the hot spell is broken and we cool off to the 70s for a few days. Hope to get stuff planted before the heat hits again. And before winter decides to show up early. That would be my luck. lol
Ok a really wacky prediction path for the tropical mess in the Gulf...but there are some paths that head it towards Texas...so fingers crossed, because it looks like a nice rain maker. We are heading to the beach on the east coast camping in our RV...so we don't want it here, besides we've had lots of rain.
Waves in Florida Panhandle when Wilma was way down by the Keys.