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Summer is now well under way and July’s sweltering 90 degree temps are officially here. Since lots of rain until recently prevented us from completing a garden fence, we decided with it getting so late in the planting season that we needed to chance it and plant what we had. Tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, assorted peppers and basil are all planted, being protected for the time by tomato cages, so far undisturbed by the deer. We didn’t have much hope of the plants even surviving this year. We couldn’t get the ground properly tilled and it was so wet, muck boots were a must as it became quite the spongy, muddy undertaking. We planted despite this, accepting that this year would just be what it was, with likely little if anything to harvest. In the meantime, we would continue with the permanent fence in preparation for next year and going forward. Much to our surprise, most of the plants have taken root and are flourishing. We may just have a harvest this year after all.
We could really sympathize with the farmers this year struggling to get thier crops in. Here we are trying to plant just a small garden for ourselves, while the farmers depend on their crops for their livelihood. Thankfully many of the farmers near us successfully did get their crops in though considerably later than usual.
Summer also brings with it many festivals for us to attend, local tasty fish fry’s, as well as countless barbecues to enjoy with family, friends and neighbors. Though it is not possible to attend them all, some selectively chosen ones are always something to look forward to.
The girls, Shirley and Betty pace themselves during these very hot days. They have a pad that attaches to the hose that when they step on gives them a fresh drink of water anytime they need one. Shirley thinks this is just the best and can’t get enough of it. She could play with this for hours though it was not originally intended as a toy. Betty however, does not like when the water shoots out full blast. She prefers a kiddie pool set up nearby filled with water. She loves to just stand in it, pawing at the water, watching the ripples it creates. This is something she could do for hours. Until recently, she was not a fan of the pool, but the hot temps must have changed her mind. If not creating ripples, she also likes to now just sit down in the water for a cool down. Playing catch or frisbee, which they both enjoy, is being limited to early or late in the day when temps are cooler for the time being.