Although, I did have my beautiful and amazingly brilliant sis and her hubby come visit us from out in Utah - where the fires raged less than 5 miles from her home in the mountains.
But .... during her visit we *endured* a week of triple digit temps. And since that time (three weeks) there's been scant relief, and certainly little-to-no-rain in my neck o' the woods.
Did I mention I live in the corn-belt of the Great Midwest?
Yeah. And did I mention how blasted hot & dry it's been and that all the crops are practically in the toilet?! Seriously.
Today it is supposed to hit 104. And sure, there's a chance of thunderstorms ... but if our recent weather pattern is any indication, any storm that forms will either:
a] go around us
b] rain about 1.5 drops per sq. mile
Anyway. Since my car sits outside with no garage to protect it, turning on the ignition is akin to touching a crucible heated to about ten billion degrees kelvin ... whatever THAT is.
Too damn hot is what it is.
Honestly, we've had the weirdest weather this past year. Winter was basically MIA, and now it feels like we are living inside a furnace. The garden, my beautiful first-time organic masterpiece that took me forever to get up n' running, is now languishing a slow and pitiful demise.
Which really stinks for many reasons, ONE of which is that food prices are going to spike, I fear, and probably gas [corn-ethanol] as well.
Okee - I'm old enough to remember when you could buy 3 loaves of good bread for just a buck. Now it's 3 bucks for a loaf of good bread. I really shudder to contemplate just how expensive the next round of price increases will prove themselves to be, and I feel the utmost compassion for young marrieds w/children trying to feed a growing family without either going hungry OR going bankrupt.
But you know, it's hard enough being a human dealing with this prolonged heat/drought - however, the suffering of the animals comes close to breaking my heart. We've been trying to keep fresh, cool water accessible for the birds, squirrels, strays, etc. Mainly out of compassion, but also because I think a measure of responsibility comes with the *honor* of being the dominant species on this planet. Call me a crazy, hippy tree-hugger, I don't care lol.
Anyway, it's been miserable here, and elsewhere I'm sure, and I'm too enervated to do much of anything. But I haven't said/blogged much lately, so here I be. Sweaty, but there ya have it.
So, what's the summer been like where YOU live? And are you looking forward to fall/winter?? ;D