And the summer sun remains. It has been a good week now with extreme heat in the Willamette Valley. Normally our temps are in the 80's, but we've been under a heat advisory with temps soaring into the low 100's. Thankfully, the humidity remains fairly low. The summer wheat field has been thrashed and is awaiting the baler to be made into wheat straw. A beautiful sunrise shown below, before the oppressive heat commands our full attention. We've been watering down the yard, trees, flowers and garden morning and evening trying to keep everything from burning up. Our pasture grass is long gone. We've been feeding hay continuously, and never got a break this year. We put out the mister in the early afternoons for the horses to visit if they choose, and we leave the hoses on a continual drip in both water troughs so the drinking water stays as cool and fresh as possible. The horses have the apple trees or the outside barn and lean-to for a shady respite from the heat. The flies seem to be unusually pesky this year despite using fly predators monthly, fly masks daily and fly spray. But, we're getting through it, and this weekend is supposed to be cooler with predicted temps in the mid to upper 80's. That will be nice. We've borrowed my nephew's canoe and plan on heading to a lake and doing a little rowing, exploring and swimming. I'll pack a picnic lunch, my trusty camera and we'll see what we can see. Sounds wonderful to me after being stuck in this clinic all bloody week...at least I've had air conditioning here. :)
A peek through the deck wall...
Life is short. Live large!!! I do believe that's Ruby's motto. I sure do love this little dog.
Heading home for the weekend. I am so ready. Hoping today is the last of our heat wave and looking forward to a little R&R. We're going out for dinner tonight, just me and my hubby. A little picnic and canoeing with my husband tomorrow. Trailering Ladde over to the farrier's on Sunday morning for his shoeing re-fit and maybe a visit to my favorite roadside fruit stand on the way home. That's about as much as I have planned, and it's sounding pretty good to me right about now.
If it does cool down some, I hope to find some time to work Eagle and Ladde as well. With the hot evenings this past week, I haven't done much other than what was necessary to ensure their comfort. Whatever...we'll see.