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!