Summer heat descended savagely about three weeks ago. We’ve had no rain. A hot wind blows everywhere across Texas and we are all under a Burn Ban with Water Restrictions in place to slow the drain on our ground water. Surface water in creeks and rivers dried up a while back.
Once, years ago, as I prepared to move, leaving the Lone Star state for Michigan, I paid attention to what the heat did to my body and found a new awareness of a thin moisture film covering my arms, legs, face — today there’s not even enough humidity in the air to keep me sweaty. All is terribly dry.
Earlier, I got up from a cat nap in front of the TV, what else is there to do on a day with sun beating down and temps in the 100-degree-plus range, but stay in the air-conditioned house and run mindless TV shows? I looked for the cats who loll around in shady spots on the front porch amid the pots of blue-spike Salvia — a deer resistant sage plant. I pretend the sage will keep deer from making themselves comfortable on the porch and having lunch at the Poinsettia buffet — I’m propagating some beautiful plants for the Christmas season. But, today the hearty blue sage, with its drought resistant blue flowers, is drooping and the leaves seem ready to fall off. So much for outsmarting the deer.
But the bird bath needed water — it dries up every day now. So I took the hose across the yard and filled it. Then for fun I caught my shelter cat, Maddie Bell, trailing after me and I grabbed a camera. She was raising up on her hind feet to look at the fresh pool with its surface rippling in the wind. She did something new — tested the water with her paw. Who knew? That delightful little girl kitty competes daily for my attention and keeps me far more entertained than any television show.
Filling the bird bath interrupted our cat naps today!