Sheltering From Sweltering

Here in New Hampshire, we have been experiencing several days of sticky, hot and humid weather. While our garden is thriving in the heat, the Crankee Yankee and I are wilting. For most of the seige I’ve been lying around in the A/C, watching TV, reading and drinking lots of cold seltzer water. The Crankee Yankee has been doing indoor work to stay cool. All of our cats are stretched out on their backs and sides, enjoying a good snooze.

The garden is assuming jungle proportions in the heat. The tomatoes, broccoli, cukes, peppers, and especially the peas, are flourishing. We are practically eating peas for breakfast these days!

We keep a bird feeder in one of the raised garden beds, and the birds and squirrels have provided our cats with endless entertainment. Also, the heat is bringing lots of worms to the surface of the gardens, so we also have birds on the ground as well. The cats are thrilled to have all this wildlife to enjoy.

While I’m not a fan of hot and humid weather, it’s a whole lot better than heaps of snow. Or that’s what I keep telling myself. Ogden Nash describes summer heat best in his “Summer Serenade” poem:

“When the thunder stalks the sky,
When tickle-footed walks the fly,
When shirt is wet and throat is dry,
Look, my darling, thats July.”

“Through the grassy lawn be leather,
And prickly temper tug the tether,
Shall we postpone our love for weather?
If we must melt, lets melt together!”

 

 

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