Thursday, August 26, 2010

This, That and a HEATWAVE!

I'm sure all of you who blog have noticed that blogging makes us more aware, more present. Haven't you? I checked out one of my new follower's blogs and he asked the question: Why Do You Blog? a few posts away. There are many reason why I blog, but what I really like about blogging is that it makes me more present in my life. I see so much more in nature, in the way my dogs live their lives, in the books I read, and I was going to say in my baking/cooking, but in all honesty, not quite yet. But even there, I think blogging will help me.

Yesterday, I went to my BIL's place to do some more laundry and I also managed some visiting and shopping in the heat. As I drove home, I saw clouds! I haven't seen many clouds since those magnificent red ones I posted on my blog in early June. But yesterday, I saw the prettiest, puffy, white clouds all around the mountains.

Here are some other things that caught my attention yesterday:

My BIL's garden shed. The former owner of this house was an artist, who loved bird houses. There is a whole town of bird houses on all three sides of their fence with cute names painted on them, like: The Library: Where Owls Get Wise. Here are some others:

This is the jail, so of course the plaque says Jail Birds.

At 11:00 in the morning, it was already 100F/38C in the garden. Butterflies were the only wildlife to be seen. No birds, no ground squirrels, nothing – all the smart critters took a break from the heat. And so did I. After I took a few pictures and picked a few apples, I hurried back into the cool house.

All in all, I had a good day: Got some laundry done, went to see my girlfriend and Suki, the Shih Tzu, her dog, at the dentist's office. Suki, by the way, was very busy with a guy waiting to see the dentist and totally ignored me. But before I left she rolled over and let me scratch her tummy. She's so cute that little dog.

When I got home, I had to take some cloud pictures.

In the evening, I heard thunder rolling through the hills, my power went off, and I went outside to see what was going on. The clouds had changed color and character to this:

The wind was blowing like crazy, stirring up the mustard tumble weeds and making them fly all around with my trash can lids and other loose stuff. There was thunder and lightning, but only about two drops of rain fell around my place.

But it cooled off fast and smelled as if it had rained. A much needed and appreciated break after the hot day.

Angel and Soldier barking at the thunder.

I don't like thunder storms without rain and, sure enough, lightning must have struck somewhere, not too far away:

Or something else could have happened to start a fire. This one didn't look bad and it was put out right away.

At 7:45 p.m., the sky looked like this as the sun set and the temperature was a cool 82F.

Phew! What a day!

We'll have another hot day today, but by Sunday it's supposed to be around 68F during the day according to! That doesn't seem possible, but I'll enjoy any cooling off we get. Then it will get warm again, but I hope for no more heatwaves like this one until next year.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!


  1. Your BILs's bird houses and she are so cute!
    Too bad you didn't get a little more rain than 2 drops, but a lot of the thunder boomers we have had - produced about the same. I saw that heat your way, ugh! I sure hope it doesn't come this way! We are finally just hot hot in hades.
    I see that your getting out is making you perkier! That's so great!

  2. yes, I heard just about everyone was in for a cool wave...we'll see! 68 degrees sounds like heaven to me.

  3. I certainly agree with you about blogging. It has made me look at my world much more closely. And, of course, you get to meet all kinds of fascinating people when you blog. You can see so far, where you live, Inger. It's so beautiful, and so different from my world.

  4. Sharon: The downpour came today! I just loved it.

    Polly: Me too.

    Louise: I love the people I have met on the blogs. Yes, I have the "long" view here. I read it is good for you to be able to see far. I have to find that book and blog about some of the things in it.

  5. Omg love the pictures, so serene and peaceful and beautiful.Really love your BIL;s garden, the birdhouses, the shed, all makes it so inviting and comforting.
    Glad to read that you got a "downpour".

  6. Hope you find that book Inger. I'd love to read it.....makes sense to me that the depth of vision ones has can affect your well-being.
    Your photos are better and better. So you did get more rain! Yes! Nothing like 'clearing the air' like thunder and lightning.

  7. Love the pics and enjoy reflecting on your day with you.... very nice!

  8. Tina: I almost feel like moving to my BILs house while they are gone. It's so lovely and right in town, close to everything.

    Jabacue: I'll let you know about the book. It's not far -- like in my bookcase somewhere. They have it on I'll let you know. I got a flash flood warning type of downpour. So much fun when you are safe and nothing bad happens.

    Judy: I'm so glad you enjoyed sharing my day.

  9. A cool down is most appreciated after the heat! Stay cool!


  10. Love the bird houses and the "tromp Loy" "(sp). It was so popular for a while - I miss seeing it everywhere. One of my favorite posessions is a small beautifully crafted bird house my father made. I've never painted it (or hung it out to use) just enjoy the beauty of the natural wood and the effort he put into making it. He made dozens and dozens of beautiful styles and shapes... I'm sure many of them are still hanging in gardens.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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