It was hot here until it started to cool on Thursday. It got down to the 90's the past 2 days, and I'm sure that it's the thick layer of smoke reducing our temperatures. The nights have been in the low 60's most days, and high 50's others.
A newspaper article on the fires said that it's not supposed to signigicantly cool next week.
We had an issue since mid-week with the smoke. It's been making even Dh sick to go outside during the day. He's been wearing a mask, but he's having to keep trips short. So, any outdoor things are not able to be done. The number rating for air quality has ours as 'unhealthful for everyone.' (vs. for those with health conditions.)
They have been keeping Thyri inside, as even stepping out onto their deck with her for a few minutes has given her tightness in breathing. And, that was before the warnings for people to stay in.
I'm worried that we may have lost our fruit trees in the extreme heat. I hope that's not true, but the heat has been extreme beyond anything that I've seen here before. We've never had temperatures like this. Plus, it's been for so long, not just a few days.
We did lose some trees for sure. I used to buy baby trees and plant them...Japanese maples, special pines, cedars, redwoods, etc. And some, gotten 10-30 years ago, had become really big and beautiful. All but one have been lost to the heat.
It's been quite a week! I'm focusing on making popsicles for the hot weather - out of lemonade, out of tea, etc. I would like to make some fresh fruit ones, like the blueberry ones that I really like (you cook the fruit.), but so far I've not been able to get fruit for one reason or another. Hopefully, one of these days soon. Still, the ones that we are making are quite good, not too unhealthy, and nicely cooling after a meal on a hot day!
The chicks are getting too big to co-habitate in the same cage, yet too small to join the adult hens. So, hopefully this weekend, we will find a 2nd cage large enough for 1/2 of them, and divide them.
The 9 adult hens can sleep in one house, 1/2 of the chicks can stay in the one that they're in, and 1/2 can go into the 3rd house. We actually keep their food in there, to prevent animals from getting to it, but we need the space more for the chicks, so...!
We found a termite that had dropped it's wings. Well, Sluggo found it.
How was your week?
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