Damn, it is hot! The last few days, we had temperatures of 106ºF (41ºC) here in the northern part of the DFW Metroplex. The next few days suppose to reach 108/109ºF (42/43ºC), before we get a break and hopefully some rain. Every night, when I water my home garden I also refill the bird baths. One of them, I put lower to the ground. The bunnies and other critters need water in this heat, too. My pets are “lazy” all day, and they won’t move a muscle until 7 PM. When I tell Lexi and Luis to go for a short potty break outside, they look at me as I had stolen their milk bones. Lexi goes in our bedroom, while Luis cools off on our leather couch.
“When it is so hot, I’m staying on my couch. It’s much cooler and comfortable than the ol’ backyard. Who needs a potty break in that heat?”
“Did you say, when I go outside I’ll get a cookie? Cookie or couch … in this heat I choose couch. Nope, I’m not going out there! I can hold it!”
*Original meaning behind “The Dog Days of Summer”:
When Sirius (the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major/Greater Dog, therefore called “The Dog Star”, rises with the Sun on those hot Summer mornings, we call the days from early July until the End of September “The Dog Days of Summer”.
Since we have triple digit weather, the peppers are flourishing in our garden. Now, we have some jalapeño peppers, sweet bell peppers, and Chilean sweet peppers growing in the raised beds. Hmm, it’s getting hot in here … ☀️🌶️🔥
It is so warm, that the jalapeno peppers turned red.
Sweet Bell Pepper
Chilean Sweet Pepper
The widow skimmer dragonflies begin to visit my yard more frequently, again This means it’s over 100ºF, and it’s mid July. As soon as I fill up the bird bath and water the garden, my little dragons come over for a visit and check out, what I’m doing. They love to hang out in my yard until sunset. And the following evening, the dragonflies show up again. I love Texas Summers. Usually, when it gets that hot, the humidity goes away.
A resting Widow Skimmer Dragonfly in our backyard
While Kevin was sanding the doors for our kitchen cabinets, I came outside to look at his progress in the garage. Surprised, I saw Luna and Venus dancing close together in the western evening sky. Since the moon is still in it’s early waxing stages, Venus shines very bright tonight.
Venus & the Waxing Crescent Moon in tonight’s sky (07-15-2018)
Next to my Lantana “Dallas Red”, I’ve also got a few other varieties blooming in my yard:
Lantana “Chapel Hill Yellow”
Can you see the long tongue, the skipper uses to get to the nectar?
Grasshopper on Lantana “Dallas Red”
Skipper on Lantana “Dallas Red”
Yep, if Finley had waited another day, it had been Ranger’s one year “Anniversary” crossing the rainbow bridge. Ranger was such a great dog. Here are a few photos of Ranger.
Ranger, after we adopted him from the farm
Ranger in Spring 2008. He loves his tennis ball.
Ranger in his favorite element (2011)