It was 105° here yesterday and is supposed to be close to 110° today! This may be the hottest August ever recorded here.
Well my new milking routine was a bust. It just took me twice as long to milk this morning. The baby just can't take all her milk. I guess I could still just milk every other day but with the heat I think I would rather do it daily in half the time.
The baby followed her up the ramp again and I just let her find her way back down. It worked out fine.
The weather is becoming very depressing. I think about just giving up on the garden but keep hoping the weather will break and maybe things will set fruit again. I am watering the tomatoes today and the melons. Heat doesn't seem to affect okra but everything else suffers.
They are warning people to get to air conditioned space in this kind of heat. I am so thankful that we have central air. I called my elderly aunt who is "frugal" (stingy in the extreme) I hope she is running her two window units but I bet she isn't dong it full time. At least she is up and about and was going to the store later.
I was reading Debbie's blog Life at Swampbilly Ranch and she mentioned fried bologna sandwiches. I had forgotten all about them. We love them too so that is what we had for lunch. Dessert was the Banana Cake we like so much. I didn't want to waste the two over-ripe bananas.
My Sis reminded me I could just put them in the freezer. I told her I wanted to bake that cake! I will freeze most of it later today.
We decided to bring the dog in because of the extreme heat. Now he is a large dog, maybe 75 lbs and he has some kind of skin allergy so he has lost a lot of hair. I clipped him (not a professional job by any means) and we gave him a bath using my homemade laundry soap under the garden hose. He is now laying on the back porch on the tile floor. He seems very content. He barked once and scared me to death. You can imagine that large a dog's bark. It was loud. I won't let him have free run of the house.....not an indoor dog person, but he minds very well and stays on the back porch. We have tried everything for the allergy but nothing seems to work.
When hot weather hits he gets it and has it until cold weather comes back. No fleas, just scratching and loosing hair. After DH toweled him dry, I gave him a full mineral oil body rub.
There will be no lovely garden pictures in the foreseeable future. Here is one I took a few weeks ago when the phlox were at their peak.
I may have shown it before.
Ilene's Blog has encouraged me to be more politically active. I just emailed President Obama at his website and I emailed our Congressman earlier before they settled the budget debacle.