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Slightly Less Hellish [Jul. 3rd, 2018|08:32 pm]
Last night and today turned out to be a bit hotter than predicted, though still not quite as hot as yesterday. I'm hoping this meteorological underestimating doesn't become a pattern. I'm looking forward to a cool night tonight and a cooler day tomorrow, and will be very disappointed if I don't get them. So far it's looking promising for tonight, at least. I was able to open the windows at half past seven, and it will soon be below 78 degrees in here. It's down to about 76 outside.

My morning crow was back today, after being missing only one day. But I don't hear my cricket yet. He lives somewhere in the deep ground cover along my fence, and usually starts chirping before sunset. Of course it's possible that he finally found a mate and is now chirping so softly that I can't hear him. I twill get quieter out once the evening traffic dies out, the birds go to bed, and people turn off their air conditioners, and maybe I'll be able to hear him then.

I really ought to go out and water the front yard before it gets too dark. The back yard gets all the attention in summer, and the enormous bushes in the front yard could be in danger of dying of thirst. I've noticed that the leaves of the fruitless mulberry tree are looking a bit wilty, too. It's too late for the sourgrass, though. I let it go thirsty too long and now it will be brown until the rainy season comes again.

The forecast is saying it will be mostly cloudy on Friday, but predicts no rain. With luck those clouds won't bring any lightning. A big chunk of brushland across the valley is already in flames, and we certainly don't need any lightning-instigated fires over here. Last time I was out I thought I smelled oak leaves burning, but maybe it was just my imagination, or something insignificant, like a brain tumor. I thought I smelled bananas earlier today, too, though yes, we have no bananas.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-07-05 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad the crow came back and hope you've heard your cricket again too. Though of course one hopes his romantic dreams have been fulfilled, so I'm torn. ;)

I'm hoping that heat dome stays easterly and doesn't come out here to cause more dryness and fires. Poor world.

It's the fourth. Are you going to be seeing English people bumping each other off for the occasion? Sometimes I wish I had a tv!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-07-05 04:43 am (UTC)
PBS will be doing its usually Independence Day concert thing, so no English murders there, but one of the cable channels I've got did show Gosford Park today. That takes place in sort of an imaginary England on an alternative time line, but I made do. I think they might rerun it later tonight.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-07-05 05:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved Gosford Park! Had to watch it twice to figure out what in the world was going on, though. Guess I'm neither Upstairs nor Down. :D
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