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Sultry [Jun. 6th, 2014|10:04 pm]
The moon is getting bright enough to illuminate the trees and make them cast shadows. That gives me something to look at when I sit outdoors. The jasmine gives me something to smell and the crickets give me something to listen to. I have cool drinks to taste, and maybe one of the feral cats will let me pet it. I'll probably be spending quite a bit of time out there tonight. The low temperature won't be low enough to make the house comfortable for me. I have the fan on, but will still probably have to turn on the air conditioning tomorrow. It's unlikely that the house will get below 74 degrees by morning, which means it will probably hit 80 by early afternoon. I'm hoping that the prediction of cooler nights next week will be fulfilled. Then maybe I'll be able to tolerate sitting at the computer for more than a few minutes. That isn't going to happen tonight. Time for the machine to go to sleep and for me to go back outside.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-06-08 02:11 am (UTC)
I was about to say it's too early in the year for 80 degrees inside, but wow, it's already well into June. Time gets away from me.

Have I already asked if Portia eats the crickets? Maybe we did discuss that.

Hope you get the cooler evenings!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-06-08 04:46 am (UTC)
I don't recall ever having seen Portia munch a cricket, but she might have devoured one or two out of my sight. I've seen feral cats eat crickets, but they prefer moths. Moths are probably tender.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-06-08 02:06 pm (UTC)
Zack used to eat the normal black crickets, but he steered way clear of the meaty, scary-looking cave crickets that moved in and took over. (I suspected the cave crickets, locally called spickets because they looked like spiders, were eating the black ones. They were gross.) He was an opportunistic indoor hunter in general -- once I found a little dead mole on the living room floor, and once a tiny black snake. He didn't eat those!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-06-08 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen a cave cricket, thoough I've seen camel crickets, which are supposed to be related. Mostly we only get the black crickets, and sometimes the small, light brown crickets that fishermen like to use as bait.

Portia has never been a big reptile hunter, but Sunni used to snag every lizard and small snake that came in view. I was forever scolding her for killing the little garden snakes who eat slugs.
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