Tuesday, June 22, 2010

An update ...............


I've been neglecting my blog. Hubby and I have been busy washing the siding on the house and trying to clean out the garage. The siding is done, but we've only made a dent in the garage. I'm almost at the point where rather than going through things, I'm tempted to just take it all to the dumpster. It's amazing how much stuff one can accumulate. While going through the bottom cabinets, I discovered that a mouse had invaded the area and had made a mess. You would think that the cats would keep them away. Then again, it could be a mouse they caught, brought into the garage to play with, and let loose.


It's much too hot to work in the garage today. I just checked our forecast. It's suppose to be 97 today, 99 tomorrow, and 102 Thursday. With our high humidity, those temperatures are almost unbearable. We've only had 4/10 of an inch of rain so far this month. The lack of rain and the heat have turned the grass brown, wilted all my flowers, and just about ruined the garden. All the pretty green tomatoes I had are getting dry rot, the cucumbers and squash are not filling out, and some of the plants are dying. I've tried to water the flowers and garden, but it's just not the same as a good rain. Seems like this happens every year.


Hope everyone had an enjoyable Father's Day weekend. My brother came home for the weekend from New Jersey on Friday. Saturday, my cousin and her husband visited at my Dad's. We had an enjoyable time remembering the summers we spent together as children. Sunday, my sister and brother-in-law were here from Charlottesville. It was nice that my brother, my sister, and I got to spend Father's Day with my Dad. He'll be 96 next month, so we won't get to celebrate with him many more times.


I haven't seen the skunks for a few days. I heard a gun shot across the road the other morning. I'm afraid my neighbor may have decided he didn't want skunks around. I don't know how anyone could shoot such cute little creatures. Maggie May is now fascinated by a snake that keeps sticking his head out from a crack between my front porch and steps. She has no fear.


10 comments:

KathyA said...

I hope Maggie May is smelling better these days!
A shame about the wilting garden. Even with the rains we've had that you haven't, I still have to water with this heat. I'll dance for a nice soaking rain for you!(Aren't you glad you're not around here to see that one!!)

Linda said...

I've had company and missed some days blogging. It's good to be back to my normal routine. I'm sorry about your heat and all the bad things it's doing to your world. At 3:30 this afternoon the temperature was 60 degrees here. Tell Maggie May to cool it. It's too hot to be out teasing snakes. They might be in a bad mood from the heat and bite her.

Becky Mushko said...

Don't take your stuff to the dumpster. Give what you can to Goodwill or have a garage sale. Someone is likely to want it.

My garden looks like yours. All the rain that everyone has been getting has missed us, but we somehow have the humidity.

Diane said...

Poor garden; the heat did a number on it! Is the skunk smell gone from kitty?

Gilly said...

I think I might swap those very high temperatures, the skunks and the snake for our very changeable weather here in the UK !

Sorry about the tomatoes - they looked promising!

sweetflutterbys3 said...

I'm sorry about your garden. It's disappointing to work so hard to get the garden started then have no rain to help you out. I'm praying for some rain to head your way!

Sounds like you had a great time with your dad and created some wonderful memories.

NitWit1 said...

After my early experience close up to a skunk, they are not so cute.

But snakes are lower than skunks on my 'like' list. In fact the only good snake is a dead snake in my books

Snippety Gibbet said...

Speaking of wildlife, my sister-in-law was driving from Farmville to Richmond the other day, and saw a bear crossing 360! Argh.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Jan,
There have been quite a few reports of black bears in this area lately. My Dad swears he saw one a few weeks ago. We're also getting reports of wolves.

CountryDew said...

I hope you get some rain. We are dry here, too, and watering. But plants like rain much better.