“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

Today is beautiful, sunny and clear, but it’s hot, already 84˚. Tonight the low will be 65˚,  far more to my liking. I was surprised when I brought Gracie out around 8 at how hot it already was. My AC has been on since yesterday. Last night I woke up and grabbed the afghan as I was a bit chilly. I snuggled, got warm and easily fell back to sleep for another hour or so.

Gracie slept with me on the couch for the first time in a while. I heard her panting around 3 and knew she needed to go out. We walked across the lawn to the driveway. It was just so dark the houses were mere shadows. In the backyard, I could hear Gracie walking on the bed of leaves so I knew where she was. While I sat on the steps waiting and enjoying the coolness of the night, she roamed the yard. After she joined me, we went back inside to the couch and both of us fell asleep quickly.

I have outside stuff to do. The lights the spawns chewed need to be replaced as does the string of lights from the huge star on the fence. Half of it went dead which drives me crazy. Three plants died in pots, all the same plant, but I have replacements ready. I need to water the deck plants and clean my outside shower. My fountain can be connected as I found its adaptor. Gracie will like that as she drinks from the fountain; however, that presents a problem as I love the sound of the water as it moves through the fountain, but Gracie often drinks it so dry that I can only hear a gurgling sound.

Often I’ve been traveling on the 4th. I remember Ghana where it’s just another day. I was in Venezuela for the bicentennial 4th of July. It went by me without my even noticing. It is easy to lose track of the date when there is no set itinerary, no expected times of departure or arrival, and that’s my favorite way to travel. I’m not big on escorted tours. Often the best trips are serendipitous.

I saw a chickadee, a nuthatch and a titmouse taking seeds from my feeder, but my favorite was watching a goldfinch remove lint from the container of nesting materials hanging from a branch over the deck. I wish I knew where she was building. I’d love to see the nest and meet her babies.

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4 Comments on ““Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sunny, warm and windy and the bog is on fire. I got a text message at work from the farmer next door. He told me my dogs were a bit worried because of the smoke from the fire. I didn’t even know the bog was on fire 🙂 🙂
    So I went home early just in case and placed everything I want to save just in case the fire would spread to us. The wind is wrong for that at the moment and the firemen hadn’t even reach the fire three hours after the alarm.
    The wind will change tonight so if the fiore is spreading it willlead it to my volage but we’ll have rain at the same time so I’m not especially worried to be honest. As long as the dogs and cats are ok I’m happy, cottages can be rebuilt.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is still really hot here. I left the car and air conditioner on for Gracie when I went to pick up her pills.

      Bog fires are just so smoky because of the moisture. I’m glad your neighbor checked on the dogs. I’m glad you have time to protect the pets and the stuff you want to save. Let’s hope the rain stops the fire from reaching you.

      When I was in Russia, the entire city of Moscow was filled with smoke. We asked our guide who said there was no smoke. We laughed. Come to find out it was the hottest summer in a hundred years and the peats had spontaneously started to burn.

      I agree that it is important to save the pets. They are the first priority. You can always get more things.

      Keep safe!

  2. Bob Says:

    We decided to get out of the house for the holiday and drove to Grandbury Texas. It’s the county seat of historic Hood county. The town square buildings have been restored to their 19th century appearance including the Opera House. We have tickets for tomorrow’s performance of South Pacific. Just a relaxing mini vacation. Tomorrow night we will be able to see the fireworks display on the lake from our hotel.

    A beautiful clear sky but another hot day.

    • katry Says:

      What a great little holiday! Even a couple of days away can refresh the spirit. South Pacific is a great musical.

      I’d have a few appetizers and some wine while watching the fireworks.

      Have a great time!!

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