unbelievably roasting hot

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to tell you just exactly how hot I’ve been lately. You may remember me from such heat-oriented posts as “Into The Garden, Endlessly Roasting”, among so many other heat-related posts.

Here I am in a characteristic, though not particularly horticultural, pose.
You mght wonder what’s going on here. Well, it’s been so unbelievably roasting hot (100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 37.7 Celsius) that even squirrels need a drink once in a while, and I was watching a squirrel drinking water from the birdbath. You can see its tail, between the flowerpot and the plastic pool.
It was so hot I didn’t even bother to chase the squirrel, which is one of my most favorite things to do.

The guy I live with set up the pool for me, but I’m not all that interested in it. I was when I was littler, but I’m older now, and I prefer napping.

Not very much gardening has been done lately. The guy I live with might go out and pull a few weeds, or water something, but really, when it’s been as hot as this, the best thing to do involves some sort of napping. We are both very good at taking naps.

The main thing involves birds.
I showed a picture of the two oriole feeders earlier; they’ve become so popular that the guy I live with has to rejellify the feeders more than once a day. (I didn’t know that “rejellify” was a word, but the guy I live with said that it was, since he made it up.)
There are like six jars of Welch’s grape jelly in the pantry, since that’s what the orioles like, and a bunch of oranges in the refrigerator.
Sometimes we can hear demands for more jelly at like 11:30 at night.
And of course he has to make sugar water for the hummingbirds every single day, because the sugar water will go bad when it’s this hot. We haven’t seen or heard as many hummingbirds as usual, this year, maybe because all the rain has been good for flowers up in the foothills and mountains; flowers we don’t have in the garden, like Ipomopsis aggregata, which is a hummingbird favorite.
(The guy I live with said we used to have that ipomopsis, but not for several years now. He said he would be very happy if there were drifts of it in the garden, but I guess there hasn’t been much viable seed available.)

Today, the guy I live with left me for a couple of hours. It wasn’t too hot in the house, fortunately. He went out for sushi with his friend. I hadn’t seen her in quite a while. He said he felt kind of teary being at the sushi place, since he hadn’t been there in over a year. He used to go there with his wife, and then, later, with his friend.
Things have been so weird for so long that I was surprised I remembered her, but I did.
I don’t really like it when things are weird. I prefer just being here with the guy I live with. I understand that he has to go out from time to time, especially to get food for me (he eats food, too), and sometimes do other stuff.

Well, so, anyway, that’s what’s been happening. Lots of roasting. Fans running all day long.
A couple of days ago the guy asked me if I wanted to get soaking, and I wasn’t sure, but he soaked me with the hose anyway. I got totally soaked. I did feel cooler after that.
Maybe you can tell.

Until next time, then.

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out of stock

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here on this roasting hot day to bring you up to date on everything that’s been happening. You may remember me from such heat-related posts as “Super Extra Totally Roasting Hot”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
It got up to 96 degrees Fahrenheit (35.5 C) today. I was roasting.

The last time I posted, it rained that night. Kind of a lot. Remember the backhoe dredging out the creek, north of the canal? The people who did that did a pretty good job, so now the creek doesn’t back up right where it leaves the culvert.
This is what the field looked like that day. That’s my yard in the upper left. You can see the poles for the owls; the phone camera makes them look slanted.
We even saw a mushroom on my morning walk along the canal road a couple of days later.
So it was all rainy for a few weeks, and now it’s roasting hot and windy. That’s quite a change.
I think there are some creatures that don’t get hot. Maybe you can see the mother mallard and her ducklings in the canal. They were paddling as fast as they could, because they could tell how fierce and deadly I was. I have that look about me, you know. Protecting the guy I live with from ducklings.
The guy I live with counted seven ducklings, the first time we saw them. He told the neighbors about the ducklings, and said that he would always say there were seven. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that, and he didn’t tell me.

The grasses in the garden, along with the weeds, of which there are a lot, have been growing like crazy because of all the rain.
I’m in this picture, to add a special excellence to it.
Like most people who have gardens, the guy I live with sort of wanted to order some plants, but when he went online to look at things, almost every plant he wanted was out of stock. He was pretty disappointed, but said that for people in the nursery business, this was probably a good thing. He did manage to order some plants from Digging Dog.

When plants arrive here, either from local nurseries or by mail, they’re almost always repotted into larger pots, then watered, and stay on the patio for a while so that the plants will grow more roots, and be planted out in the garden later.
The guy I live with also ordered some roses, from High Country Roses. Most of these aren’t for him, but for his friend and her daughter.
The guy I live with also went to a local nursery and got a few plants. The nursery was oddly empty, but the owner told him they were downsizing after one of the other owners passed away. That made him pretty sad; he used to go there with his wife, a lot. But I guess things change.

That’s about all that’s been happening here, I mean besides the guy I live with fighting with his email program on the laptop, finding so many plants out of stock online, and also wondering what to have for dinner.
We lead very exciting lives, don’t we?

Until next time, then.

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