But Wednesday was appallingly hot, and I stayed mostly indoors with the air conditioner on, venturing out into the shady but still sultry back yard rarely. However, I did have one pleasant surprise when I was first out there around eleven o'clock in the morning. I heard a rustling sound among the leaves of the creeper plant, and when I looked I saw Taylor Lizard crawling along the concrete retaining wall. At least it might have been Taylor. A moment later a second lizard appeared, and I was unable to tell them apart. On or the other must have been Taylor, though, but Taylor now has a mate, or a companion, or whatever lizards are to one another. Since I still can't tell what sex they are, I'm just going to call them Taylor 1 and Taylor 2. If I ever learn to identify one of them as male I'll call him Burton.
Friday is to be hot, but not as hot as today, and then there is still a chance of showers on Saturday, and both Saturday and Sunday are expected to be fairly cool, in the seventies. In fact Sunday's high of 71 is only slightly higher than tonight's low of 67. While 71 is fairly cool for a June day, 67 is getting awfully close to uncomfortably warm for a night. I've got months of actually uncomfortably warm nights ahead, though not next week. It will heat up again after the weekend, but so far the nights are looking okay for at least the next couple of weeks.
Butte County's virus infection rate spike is continuing, having increased by another four cases today. It's still fairly low compared to most places, but that could change very rapidly. There's no evidence that testing and contact tracing are up to speed yet, which they need to be before relaxing restrictions will be safe. I'm expecting the spike to continue. The only question is how far it will spike and how fast. I hope the news will be good, but I won't hold my breath (except around un-masked coughers, of course.)