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Egg frying weather

Not to belabor the point, but it's hot. Absurdly hot. The type of hot that you read about in some distant land and are glad that you don't live in those sorts of places. The type of hot it's not supposed to get to until late July and August.

It's been over 95 degrees every day since June 9. We hit 100 on Tuesday, 104 yesterday. Today we're supposed to hit 102. Generally, in June, we don't get above 92ish.

There was a tiny rain shower on Monday at my house. Reportedly lasted 30 minutes, but other than that, it hasn't rained since May 24. Despite those awesome rains in April, we're about seven inches below normal; four inches below normal for the month of June. There's a 20 percent chance of rain today, but I don't think anyone is holding out hope that it's going to make that much of a difference.

The grass in our front yard is on life support. We're watering like there's no tomorrow on all the beds and pots, though of course we've lost some plants. My air conditioning seems to be running non-stop, and it will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. I'm just hoping that it can make it through the summer. I shudder to think of what the electrical bills will be this month.

Those of us who live in this swamp accept that we're going to be miserable for part of the year, but I don't think any of us expected it to be this early. At the ranch, we're selling cows, not just calves. We know one guy who has sold his whole herd and is now selling equipment, because he can't afford to keep up feeding in a drought and a recession.

I'm just glad that I generally work inside all day. My contractor friends are in the middle of building one of the shipping container houses, and we ran into one of them last week. He'd been roofing, and progress was S-L-O-W because they'd have to take breaks every twenty minutes because of the heat. Graham went out on his scooter yesterday, and he said even going relatively fast was no relief from the heat. It was just hot air blowing on him.

I realize, of course, that there's not much one can do about the weather but bitch. And so I bitch.



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Jun. 25th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
selling the cows
My father is doing the same with his super small herd as well ... but apparently the goats they are keeping.
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Today is the first time we've seen the yellow orb since a brief showing on Saturday, and before that...I forget. My toes were heading towards permanent shrivel from the work commute.
Jun. 25th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I have two words:

Solar Panels.

I cannot tell you how our electric bills have gone down since we put them up and turned them on.
Jun. 25th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Gave blood yesterday
And thought I was going to wilt-up & dry-away in the heat yesterday. It was also my first double red cell collection and boy could I feel the difference.
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