Wheat Field

Wheat Field

I am fortunate to live in a small town and to work in a rural area. This wheat field, spread out in the hot baking sun, will be harvested in a few days. Rural life has its own pace and rhythm, slower than the fast sometimes frenzied pace of the city, more in tune with the weather. I am very happy to live the pace.

Heat

Heat

All this week we have been locked in a warm and humid airmass. Daily highs have been 30 or better and humidex readings around 38 or better (that translates to about 88 and 100 Fahrenheit). The past few nights have provided little if any relief. Teh current forcast has the temperature and humidity dropping some beginning Saturday.

For now we seek relief by sitting on the deck in the late afternoon and evening, where it is actually cooler than much of the house is. We have a window unit air conditioner in the bedroom and that makes sleeping much easier. The dogs endure, panting away. They don’t seem to go in the bedroom when we are away.

It is summertime so weather like this is expected. I believe that complaining about it only makes me more uncomfortable, even miserable. We endure it and look forward to a break in the heat. Enduring is a more positive, more self-encouraging way, than complaining and whining, to get through the unpleasantness that life sometimes brings us.

Play Ball

Play Ball

Time for the All-Star Game. It’s a spectacle, and as a team sport it’s meaningless except for deciding the home advantage in the World Series. Still, it’s a great show.

Taking it in is certainly different from past years. As a kid I listened to it on AM radio. More recently, watching on network and then cable TV. Now I have no TV except over-the-air and the signal is bad. So I’m listening to espn.com and watching mlb.com Gameday. I’ve got a hot dog and a beer.

Play ball and Trout doubles down the right field line!

A Hole In The Ground

Faye and I were bored this morning, so we dug a hole in the ground. Then we started filling it up. Then we got tired so we stopped.

Actually we are putting pavers down at the gate to the backyard. That spot is a little low so it’s wet after a rain and muddy during the spring thaw. These pavers will help. We dug the hole about 8″ deep, filled it halfway with gravel. We started are putting down sand , and pavers on one edge. We ran out of gas so we will finish tomorrow.

One of the many, many things I love about Faye is that she’s completely unafraid to get her hands dirty and do physical labour. She did at least as much work as me and probably more.

Photos tomorrow after we finish the job.