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The Calm Before [May. 21st, 2018|10:59 pm]
Today would qualify as hot. It nosed up into the low eighties, and I left my windows closed until late afternoon. It felt a bit muggy, too, as clouds took over much of the sky this afternoon, though they moved on to hover above the mountains by evening. The did provide some nice color at sunset, turning pink and attracting my attention so completely that I forgot to go around tot he west side of the house and look at the actual sunset.

Worse news than the heat is the forecast of a possible thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon. Electrical storms are to be feared this time of year, especially this late in May when much of the tall grassy plants in the fields and forest glades has dried and is ready to burst into flames. Lightning is just the thing to cause that burst. That I have an appointment with the chiropractor tomorrow afternoon is just bonus bad news. Plus it is probably going to be very nearly as warm as it was today.

But tonight is pleasantly cool, and I can sit on the back porch and listen to the single frog who left his colony and the background crickets who are increasing in number. The jasmine has not yet bloomed, but is very close, and in a few nights I'll have its fragrance to enjoy while moongazing. The frog might not be around by then, but at least there will be more crickets.

[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2018-05-22 01:34 pm (UTC)
I saw that the weather is supposed to be a bit cooler today. We are heading up your general direction to Table Mountain near Oroville to do some hiking today. Hopefully a lightning-free hike.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-05-22 08:33 pm (UTC)
It just clouded up over the last half hour, and I'm hearing thunder. I hope you aren't getting wet.

There should still be some lupines blooming on Table Mountain, though they are probably getting a bit faded, as are those in my back yard.

Also there's a local good news/bad news joke about hiking on Table Mountain. The good news is you don't have to worry about stepping in cow pies when you hike there. The bad news is that it's because ranchers don't run cattle there anymore due to the anthrax in the soil.
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