August

The corn is tall, the vegetable garden is winding down but still keeping me hopping, it’s hot and humid, and the flies are obnoxious. It’s August!

Every time I open the door it’s a battle to keep the flies from getting in. I don’t think I ever win that one. I actually broke a flyswatter the other day. It’s an oldie, heavens, I can’t say how long I’ve had it hanging in the kitchen, but the metal handle just busted in half.

My dog is actually pretty good at getting the flies that hang around the patio door screen. Sometimes he even eats them. Gross, right? Not sure I like that…but I guess it seems natural for a dog. Something bothers you, you bite at it. I kind of like that motto.

Incidentally, if you spray your screens and the back of the house around the door with vinegar, it’ll deter the flies for a while.

The corn is nice and tall this year! The ears look good…they’re filling out well. Should be a good crop.

We went to the county fair over the weekend. The crowd was small, and there weren’t as many small animals (poultry, rabbits) but there were lots of horses. It felt good to get out and do something we used to do pre-Covid.

One pleasant activity going on all around me right now is haying. The neighbors have been harvesting their alfafa fields. I just love the smell of fresh hay! When I’d fill the barn each summer, I’d walk inside to feed my horse and just stop and breathe it in. Intoxicating. This year I see a lot of the extra large rectangular bales. I guess it’s easier to bale and pick them up with a fork truck to load on a truck. That way you don’t need extra help. Oh, and someone nearby has a field of sunflowers…wow that’s pretty!

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We’re having another hot spell, it’s supposed to be about 90 degrees all week. That’s nothing compared to what other parts of the U.S. have been dealing with this summer, but for me it’s still hot. Add the humidity, and it’s just downright unpleasant. I hate that sticky feeling…when your arms stick to the table…ugh. And I play that game with the air conditioner…too cold, turn the temp up a degree…too hot…then I just leave it and put a different shirt on or stand in front of a fan til I cool off. Thanks, Menapause, for the hot flashes. Couldn’t you wait til January?? Oh well.

And then about 8 pm, it cools off enough and I get out and water the plants, and walk the dog. Night air is very refreshing. I love to watch the sun set. And listen to the birds chirp, and the locusts sing. I enjoyed the light shows from the lightening bugs (aka fireflies). There were tons of them this year. And I noticed a lack of red winged black birds, but an abundance of goldfinches and monarch butterflies. Every year is different.

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I have a few Northern Mockingbirds that nest around the yard. One of the mothers got a little territorial this year, and would fly at my dog or me if we got too close to the tree where her nest was.

I wanted to go camping again before we run out of nice weather. I know I have time…it’s just about now I get antsy…I gotta do this and I gotta do that before fall. Well, I have a tendency to procrastinate. So I don’t want to let too much time go by and not take advantage of the summer.

Also, my Grandmother on my Mom’s side grew up on the prairies of South Dakota, and my Mother, and then myself, were taught to save the abundance of summer for the rest of the year (freezing and canning). That could contribute to the feeling…or maybe it’s from my school years…enjoy the last weeks of freedom before having to go back to class. Geez, that was a long time ago. You know what I mean? A lifetime ago. I don’t know. Whatever the reason, I feel like I want to do something to enjoy the warm weather before it leaves.

What do you like to do with your summer? Let’s enjoy what remains of August, and our summer.

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