Wow, what a day, the temperature by 4:00 was up to 30C (86F). That is HOT, HOT, HOT for our area. My Husband and I had an early dinner and went for a long ride up to a lake, it was beautiful. We came home, relaxed with a brew and then wind began. I am a weather watcher, and am fairly accurate with forecasts. The wind cooled the air slightly, prior to that, there was no whisper of any wind under our beech tree by our pool. That is unusual, there is always a very slight cooling breeze when one sits below this magnificent shade tree.
As the evening progressed the winds were increasing in strength. My Grandson and two of my Nephews had been working really hard on their tree fort. It is about 12 feet above the ground and they have it set up beautifully. I went up there before they finished cleaning that house and put my woman's touch in there. Wiping down any areas that had those scarey spiderwebs that these young men are afraid of. Making sure that all the earwigs are not gonna get them in the middle of the night, the black stink beetles were all gone totally. They had done a pretty good job, considering the gender (hee, hee, now don't get all pissy about that one, guys). They had worked, cleaned the windows, vacuumed (yes, they wanted all the bugs that they could find gone), built a little table to house their water, mini TV and stereo. We could hear them singing along to their tunes.....oh those days of childhood....young teenager boys, aged 13-15, having the time of their life. I climbed up their ladder to their trap door, knocked on it and they let me look inside. All set up, comfy and safe. Good, now I feel OK. Their Mothers felt that they would be fine too.
About 9:30 PM, still light outside, I warned them that there was a bad storm coming. If they see any lightening, and hear the thunder, they must come into their homes. They agreed to comply. Well, it wasn't long before I saw sensor lights in the yard go on. I went out onto my bedroom patio (I am in bed by that time, not asleep, it was too hot, even with all the doors and windows open, and I was worried about the forthcoming storm). I could hear these excited boys talking about the thunder and lightening. It had not yet begun, but I think they had the fear within them and decided the tree fort was not the place to spend this night.
The storm came.....hard and big time. About 11:00 PM the lightening began in the far east, the thunder took over 10 seconds to come after the lightening, it was a fair ways away. Some time after the first lightening visual, the big lightening came, the entire sky lit up, for numerous times, over the course of many hours, the rains came. Torrents of hard rain, then light rain, and then back to hard rain. It has been dry for well over a week now, the rain will do everything good. The thunder brought the dog scramblin' to the safety of our bed, and there he slept in his usual position at the bottom of the bed. He sleeps with us at night. He comes into our room around 1:00 AM and asks to be allowed up, he gets the OK every night and finds his spot on the bottom where he does not bother us at all, he is pretty accurate. He is a big dog, a dalmationXrottwheiller, but he is perfect in the way he lays, we have a king size bed so there is lots of room.
Yes, where was I in this story? Guess there wasn't much more. The skies are showing blue between the clouds, I can see the shine on the leaves of the Big Leaf Maple, and I know that this will be a beautiful day, the blackberries have had some moisture and that flow will be even stronger than it already is. A good year for the blackberry flow and the bees, yeah!!! After last year and narry an ability to forage the blackberry, this year the opposite. Beautiful, most wonderful day, love our beautiful lives we live and share, my forum friends, good health wishes to you all. Cindi