From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s one hot July!
So much for the models that predicted a cool, wet summer for us here in western Colorado — at least I think it’s hot this July. Ranchers are probably relieved that it’s been a good haying season, and after the cool spring, it’s nice to have a “normal” summer, but it is indeed hot.
One of the funniest sights I’ve seen came from the national news a few nights ago. Someone had snapped a picture of a moose lying in the spray put off from a lawn sprinkler. That’s one way to stay cool!
Since my thoughts are on the heat — forgive me — I couldn’t resist writing a column about it.
You know it’s hot when…
• There’s a cat sleeping in the shade under every bush or tree.
• Pumpkin and squash leaves conserve water so by afternoon their leaves look wilted, as if the plants are dying, but by morning the plants appear to be rehydrated.
• Frozen meat left out on the counter to thaw (yes, I know it isn’t the safest way to thaw meat) defrosts in a hurry.
• Cats drink two gallons or more of water from their water pans per day, and the cows’ stock tank has to be topped off every night.
• You have to show up at work early because parking places in the shade are in high demand, and things aren’t much better at home.
• You have to wear gloves to maneuver the steering wheel after the car has been out in the sun.
• Candy, gum, lipstick, and lots of other stuff melts if left in a sunny car.
• Cats sleep on top of the hose that’s running because it’s cool.
• The patio is hot in the afternoon after the sun shines on the metal roof all day.
• Potted patio flowers have to be watered each day; even inside flowers have to be watered more often.
• Weeds still grow, despite the heat, though they sometimes look a little wilted after days with the temperatures in the 90s.
• Everybody hurries to get as much done as possible in the mornings when the temperatures are cooler.
• Air conditioning is a necessity — in tractors, cars, and inside houses.
• It’s a real challenge to find a way to get lawns, garden, and trees the weekly amount of water needed.
• There are hard-to-keep-watered spots in the lawn, likely because tree roots are taking up the water.
• A windy day in the nineties– like today—seems almost unbearable.
• Early-morning temperatures are delightful.
• In order to find cows on summer pasture, we have to check it early; otherwise they are shaded up.
Enjoy the hot July weather because it won’t be long until we’ll be shoveling those snow drifts!
“A Long Time That I’ve Loved You,” this week’s picture book for children was written by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of “Goodnight Moon,” published in 1947 — a classic in children’s literature. The illustrations for this week’s book, done by Kate Hudson, are breathtaking.