It is just too, too hot for man or beast. Today is yet another day of 102F. No rain in weeks and everything is scorched if not blackened. I know I've talked about this before but nothing has changed at this end of the compass. Everyone stays inside and the air is totally still and health warnings still run at the bottom of the TV. I was talking to Curtis the other day (if he's not on your list to follow, he should be) and found out he's getting rainy day after rainy day up in Winnipeg. The Rain Gods forgot about us in Virginia, I think. Do you know the grass actually crunches when you walk on it now? Even though the sun was blaring and you couldn't even catch your breath, I went outside to the backyard and hooked up the sprinkler for the birds, chipmuncks, and the squirrels and anything else that wanted a break in the day. It's one of those sprinklers that does a swathe of almost the entire length of the yard and goes wayyyy up in the air. Don't you love it when it's up in the air and makes a rainbow? I'd forgotten how pretty that is. It also must have been the "sign" for all the wildlife to show up. Birds that don't normally get along and the muncks and squirrels who normally are very territorial all shared in the wealth of the water. They were running back and forth, chirping, and chattering and I could have sworn I saw one of them stand on their hind legs and raise up their little front legs to heaven in a thank you prayer. Next, the robins showed up and stood right under the water until they looked like totally drowned birds, but boy, soooo happy. I left the sprinkler running for 3 hours for them, then turned it off and put out food and water dishes for each group. I've never seen such happy critters and it was amazing to see a bird and a munck share a water dish at the very same time. Well, now my backyard looks like Dogpatch, ugh. Dishes on the ground and all I need are hounds draped over the porch and half the roof falling down. HeeeHawwww. It's ok; it's for a good cause, right?
I had every intention of heading to the hardware store today for one of those do-hickies that let you hook 2 hoses to 1 faucet outside. Just too damn hot. I looked out the front windows today and saw my ivy around the porch was turning very, very yellow and totally dried. I don't want to lose that ivy but don't know if it's going to live through this heat any longer or not. The only thing still holding on are the cascading petunias on the back porch, but that's because I drown them half to death every day -- but cascading they surely are (Photo at top because I STILL can't get them to move, arghhhhhh) As you can see, I might as well just drop in a bunch of photos at the same time because not one of them is going to go where it's supposed to. I'm about ready to give up. But if you're reading this "no news" blog of mine today, you'll figure out what goes with what.
Two pictures are of new birdhouses I have. I love these. One is in the very back of the yard and the other is on the side of the house. They are made of resin and then handpainted and sealed. The best and smartest part of them is the underside. It unscrews so that you can clean out the house once it's finished for the season and then have a totally clean birdhouse for the next mating season. Smart!
Then there's the picture of the stone dog on the steps of the front porch. Sentiment for me. I had bought Mom 2 stone dogs, one for the back (gray) and one for the front (this blonde one). It happened to be identical to her favorite pooch, Mitzy, so how could I pass them up? I took them to her a few years ago and she loved them. I told her I'd put them outside for her (they're as heavy as a car) but she said no, she'd have it done later. Well, 3-4 yrs go by and the dogs are still sitting inside, albeit in different rooms. When I moved in last year, I knew these cement dogs needed to be outside. So here's one on the front (Ok, now's the time to scroll up to see the dogs).
I might as well drop in one more, why not. Nothing to say, that's for sure. Ok, this shot is of the house from the righthand side, lol. Wow, so different from the left....kidding. And one sort of looking through the porch from the side.......
That is IT for me today. Maybe something exciting will happen in a few days.....rain?