Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hot and Dry

Trees line three sides of my backyard.
I hang bird feeders in them.
Each day grateful diners serenade their thanks.

Most mornings I sit on the deck sipping a good cup of coffee.
The low hum of cars from the nearby highway is as soothing as listening to waves on the beach.

The problem's been too hot.

So, I've sat in my air conditioned kitchen sipping that coffee.

It has been a hot and dry summer here in the midwest.

My lawn, although low cut and well trimmed, is both crunchy and the color of hay.
The crabgrass, which manages to stay green through drought, is blonde as well.
Fortunately, I've maintained flower beds of blooming perennials that are hardy and find their way in arid weather, plus I water them no matter what.

This morning I awoke at 6:17 to the slightest pitter-patter of rain.


I opened my bedroom window and was welcomed by a cool breeze.
The weatherman made it clear that this reprieve would be short-lived.
I'll take it!
Now to brew that coffee and get out on the deck.


  1. I like this post - so calming and evocative of summer. What kinds of birds do you get at your feeders?

  2. Glad you asked. There's a loud Blue Jay who's a bit controlling. Cardinals and Robins visit sporadically. Often a group of Finches share a quick meal together while flapping their wings and spinning a feeder. Still waiting to see Mourning Doves there.