Wow! Last week in July! We finally have a couple days with temps in the 80s. I went out this morning and mowed and trimmed my yard, dug up a small bush that couldn't withstand the shock of being transplanted, watered my petunias, etc. and am now back in the house finishing breakfast after my shower. The windows are open which is lovely and the A.C. is not running full tilt.
Any of you who have lived in this region or at least have kin this way know that we endure the extremes of temperature hot and cold. But this summer we have added drought, drying winds and extreme fire conditions. Almost daily we hear of prairie fires somewhere in the Great Plains, most recently in Wyoming where folks were being evacuated from their small town. It is frightening because it is a force of nature that nothing can seem to stop.
Our rural and volunteer fire fighters deserve every kind of credit for the work they do. Sometimes fire departments are called in from several communities to try and contain the flames. It gives pause for thought when you think of what they give us in the way of protection.
After a month of temps 90+ and over 100 some days. I find I am a little accustomed to it from the standpoint that I have to get out of the house once in awhile. I watch the roofers re-shingling part of our church in temps over 100 and I give them every credit. Everything looks a little worn and tired -- trees, lawns, flowers.
Usually as we move into August we get through the Dawson County Fair and then school activities begin. Everyone stirs themselves to new life and plunges into the activities important to the kids. Fun!
The first week-end in August I will be off for a quick trip to Cheyenne to see Cole and family and then go to down and spend one night with Aunt Dorothy in Denver. Then my traveling will be done for the fall as far as I know.