Hot Weather

Summer Sun by Unknown Artist.

With the weather warming up so much
and everything is hot to the touch
and to walk outside to an immediate blast
of hot air which we know will last
until September or for half of that month
getting hotter and hotter as the thermometer jumps
until the temperature will stay
at close to a hundred degrees each day
and overnight is not much better
for in the eighties is the night weather
and when the day has first begun
is the only time to have outside fun
unless your work keeps you outdoors
then of course you have to ignore
how hot it is as the temperature drifts
time to cool at the end of the shift
I used to work out in the sun
and could not wait for the day to be done
relentless heat for eight hours a day
trying to keep the sun at bay
with sunblock and sunscreen placed on the skin
and a hat and dark glasses before you begin
lots of water to drink to try to hydrate
and keep an eye on your buddy for safety’s sake
if you work outside then you have no choice
not counting the thoughts that you may voice
if fate has dealt you a working man’s hand
with millions of others throughout this land
of the one thing you can be sure
Texas heat in the Summer is tough to endure.

Written 7/2/2019

The cost of having a green yard in Austin, Texas

IMG_0419I took a few pictures over the past couple of days of the flowers blooming in my yard. Sorry to say that the 100+ degree weather we have been experiencing lately is playing havoc with the greenery AND my water bill as I finally had to turn on the soaker system that I have installed. I held off as long as I could and even now, it only runs every 3 days and then only for 30 minutes.

The last water bill I got told me that I was using 3500 gallons less than my neighbor, whichever one it is, so I don’t feel bad about it. Even so, at $100 a month, I will be glad to see some rain. It is not only the yard that needs the water as the ponds all experience some form of water loss due to evaporation and plant growth. I have automatic fillers on all of the ponds but I usually regulate when they come on.

I was talking to a neighbor friend who is also an avid gardener and told her that I was going to plant and hopefully grow only those plants that seem to hold their own in the Texas heat. As it is, most of my yard is stocked with Texas natives but occasionally, I try to grow something more exotic which invariably doesn’t make it. So, no more experimenting. I am going to stay with the tried and true as I know they they will grow. Famous last words…

Enjoy the pictures