After that lovely, weeklong or so, respite from our heat, it was back this week with a vengeance. We've had 4 days already up in the 100's. It may have 'only' been 111 in some places, but in my unshaded yard, the hottest day registered at 124. We had a heat advisory for several days, and still have one in place until tonight. (Saturday.) Last year was the first time that I've ever seen temperatures like that up here. Our nights were 40's at the chilliest moment at around 5 A.M. to 60's. Right now, for example, it might get down to high 40's or 50's but it's 2:30 A.M. and 61 degrees.
It's supposed to cool off some next week.
It was difficult to accomplish much in the extreme heat. I did a few things, but not nearly what I would have liked to.
The guy that used to help us sometimes came back for a 2nd time this week, and worked on the west hill. He won't be back to work on it, and it will never be done completely, but at least a lot has been cleaned up on the hills north, east, and west.
Some bushes were removed, and the limbs were taken off of the trees that fell 5 months ago. He took what he cut off on the west, and made a gazillion trips to the burn pile. He worked hard. And, come fall/winter, whenever we get some good soaking rains, we will burn it.
Btw, have I mentioned that I strongly dislike earwigs? I don't know how they get into such small places, but they do. In a weird way, they remind me of silver fish.
You should see my nebulizer breathing piece. It looks like an alien. I've got foil with twist ties around one part, foil at another part, and a paper towel stopper in another.
I've woken up at least 3 or 4 times to find them *in* my nebulizer. I was so disgusted. Each time we sterilized it, and covered where we think that they are getting in, and then it happened again.
Finally, I think that we've figured it out...cover everything. I didn't think that they could get into the small holes in the top, and woke up to 2 inside. It turns my stomach.
I think that, because they can't live long in here due to the dry nature of cement, and do spend days in damp places, that they were looking for moisture....aka the liquid medication in my nebulizer.
We have learned that we can trap them, though. We may not catch every one, but it makes a big difference.
The baby met her first horse today. And, like many little girls, was smitten immediately. The horse is used as a ride for people needing therapy of some type, so she is very calm.
But, the horse (I don't know her name yet.) loves food, and enjoyed getting a few pieces of hay that had pushed out under her fence.
Did I mention that the last time that Ds came by to pick something up with her along, that Dh made her cry? He was devastated, saying that he's never made a baby cry, ever. He actually just did his Donald Duck impression, which is excellent btw, and she didn't expect it, I don't think, plus was over-tired (she went to sleep on the way home.).
We teased him a little, telling him that he can't do Donald for her again until she's 10. I felt badly for him, though.
The 10 thing comes from other age-related things that we say about her. For example, Ds says that she can't start dating until she's 24! Yeah, good luck with that one!
Uhura came in last night, and meowed, because she always meows when she comes in. I've been warning Dh to check her mouth if she sounds strangely muffled, and last night she was. He checked, and she was trying to bring in a contraband live lizard!
Well, that's all the news from this neck of the - very, very hot - neck of the woods.
How was your week?
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