Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hot Time In The Old Town

We are officially in 2nd place now with the most consecutive days over 100 degrees.  I think it's 36 days in a row now but if I'm wrong the heat is getting to my head.  The record is 42 days back in 1980 and from the looks of the long range forecast we're going to break that record.  We've been threatened with rolling black outs by the electric company.  They are actually pulling electricity from Mexico to help with the overload here.  That boggles my mind.  How do they do that?

The worst part is we have had NO RAIN!  All of Texas is in a severe drought.  I don't travel outside of the metroplex but I hear that it's a very sad sight.  Burnt cornfields, grapes that have turned into raisins, dried up ponds and lakes.  They even found a part of the shuttle Columbia in a lake in Nacogdoches because the water level had dropped down so low.   I remember that morning well. I heard the explosion, actually two. It woke me up. A horrible horrible tragedy.

Doesn't that look like something out of "The Day The Earth Stood Still"?   The original one with Michael Rennie not the remake with Keanu Reeves (even though Keanu is by far the better looking alien).

When the lakes get low the tap water tastes vile!  We always say it's because the lakes turn over in the summer.  Can you picture that? Ha.  It's actually because of an overgrowth of algae.  I guess that's why we say the lakes turn over.  I find myself buying bottle water every time I make a trip to the store.  We even use it for coffee.  Thank you Ozarka!

It's starting to look like fall.  The poor trees are really suffering.

Our yard is patchy and the ground is pulling away from the foundation in areas. "Not good".

I've managed to keep some flowers alive.  I've grouped them all together on the patio waiting for this heat wave to be over.  The geranium given to me by a dear friend on my birthday, is not so good. (I'm not giving up on it yet Heidi)!

Tom has been doing some evening hand watering on the dry spots.  Notice he is watering the neighbors yard in this picture.  I love this man.

All of North Texas is on watering restrictions.  Our area is only allowed to water 2 days a week before 10 AM and after 6 PM.  Tom and I (it took team effort) reset the sprinkler system to conform to the times and I think it will work better because we can do some deep watering at night.  It will be much better for the yard and foundation.

Yesterday early morning the sprinklers were running on the golf course.  Do you see the rainbows?

I'm taking that as a sign
A promise of rain
That August will fly by
That September October will be here soon

I'm so.... ready for fall, ya'll!

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