an abrupt change

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to talk about an abrupt change in our weather. You may remember me from such similarly-themed posts as “How Things Change”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
I was napping, and when I got up, I wondered where the guy I live with was, so I wandered out into the back yard, and there he was, with his phone, taking pictures.

The weather here has changed. Yesterday it was 98 degrees F (36.6C); today it was 60 (15.5C). It’s raining right now. Not a lot, but enough, I guess.
The cooler weather is a relief, of course, though there’s been some expressions of melancholy from the other sentient being in the house. I have this idea that autumn should be both delightful and full of melancholy, so I didn’t ask him what was going on. The weather is fine with me.

He went around the garden and took some pictures with his phone.
The cow-pen daisies again.
Four-wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens) in fruit:
Eriogonum jamesii:
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium:
And, since I was talking about sedums in my last post, here’s ‘Xenox’ in flower:
Foliage of the sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’:
I thought this could be more in focus, but the guy I live with struggled to get a picture that showed the real color.

That would be it for this post, even though we could have posted more pictures (except for the fact that the guy I live with just plain forgot to take more pictures), like of all the red-flowered plants in the garden which are for the hummingbirds, but he did have his camera turned on when he walked by the feeder, and saw this:
The hummingbird wasn’t frightened of him at all. I hear they need lots of sugar for their long flights down to Mexico; we’re seeing fewer and fewer of them every day. Sad for us, because we like seeing them, but good for the hummingbirds, who don’t like to be cold.

That’s all I have for today. It’s still raining, a little, and it might be time for the guy I live with to get out the wool blanket for tonight; I’d much rather be a little chilly than roasting hot, because we place a high value on being cozy here.

Until next time, then.


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14 Responses to an abrupt change

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Is a melon collie related to a purebred border collie?

  2. Mee-yow yore lookin mitey fine Mani….wee are reeleeved you have kewler tempyturess an even rain!!! HURRAH!!!
    Mistur Guy yore fotoss; are wunderfull….They cheer BellaStia up alot…
    Yore blog cheerss us both up….
    An THE foto of Humminbird iss SPECK-TACULUR!!! Hee wanted youss’ to take a Selfie of him!
    Wee have guud mewss here: White Tip an Dark Wing mated Pigeonss are safe as well as Cheemo Chipmunk!!!
    Wee havin heet an hue-midity an want it to og away so wee can bee cozy again….
    Summer iss over rated, mew mew mew…..
    **nose bopss**BellaDharma an šŸ™‚ BellaSita Mum

    • paridevita says:

      Always good when creatures are safe. The guy I live with says all five ducklings made it through the summer, which unfortunately isn’t always the case.
      It’s soaking wet here, believe it or not. Chilly, too. 9C, 93 percent humidity.

      • How wunderfull THE 5 Ducklinss are all fine an alive!! Iss so guud when Nature iss kind an gentle Mani….
        Iss only 9 cellseeus there?? It iss 27 Cellseeus here an UCKY! Wee hopin fore rain an tempss to drop!!! BellaSita has one of this Barrymetrick Pressure headachess. Doe yore Guy have those???

      • paridevita says:

        No, he doesn’t.
        It’s warmed up here now. Nature isn’t often all that nice but I saw all five ducks land in our neighbors’ year, to eat bird seed, on my evening walk.

      • Wee reeleeved Guy doess not et THOSE headachess!
        An wee furinallee gettin sum rain…iss till hue-mid outside!
        Mee sat out fore a while. Then nasty nayburr sprayed RAID on her side of partition…of coarse it came underneath an mee was not happy!
        BellaSita herd THE noise an grabbed mee Condo an brott mee inn quik!!
        Wee seereusllee need mew (new) nayburrss!!!
        Wee happy THE Duck furamillee are all well an youss’ saw them on yore walk!

      • paridevita says:

        The guy I live with could use new, nice neighbors, too.
        We’re really happy that all the ducklings survived. That doesn’t always happen.
        They say it might rain here today; I guess we’ll see.

  3. Paddy Tobin says:

    The garden is looking well with many plants putting on a beautiful display. Sad to see the hummingbirds go.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks, though there aren’t as many plants in flower as in “regular” gardens, because it doesn’t rain here enough to support them.
      We still have hummingbirds, fighting over the feeder closest to the house, even though there’s another one a bit farther away.
      There are plenty of flowers on Salvia greggii for them, too.

  4. Elaine says:

    What is this rain you speak of? It’s become a total stranger here. I understand the melancholy part as the threat of frost rears it’s ugly head I have walked around the garden taking pictures and saying good-bye until next year. Would love to do more if we weren’t shrouded in wildfire smoke and stuck inside. Something to be said for being cozy again.

    • paridevita says:

      It has rained here, a little; enough to keep the grass out in the field green. Mostly. It’s still pretty dry here because we haven’t had a good soaking rain in a while. The guy I live with said he even wouldn’t mind snow, which can happen here in September (it doesn’t get cold enough to freeze things, though).

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