Thursday, June 22, 2017

♫ "Looks Like We Made It"© ♫...

Barry Manilow* got that right.  Setting a record seemed to be a certainty but it wasn't meant to be.  Yep, no "all time" heat record on Tuesday and Arizona is still here. "Course, they are setting daily records in the Valley of the Sun.

Arizonans are hating this heat and hibernating under the AC, if it's available. It isn't available in our house, which may have to change sometime soon.  I moved to the mountains for cool temps and I'm feeling a little steamed about the heat these last few days.

Had visitors for an overnight when our youngest, and his friend Mojgan, came up to see us in the hope that it was cooler up here.  Sadly, not by much. They helped us get some garden hoops covered which was going to be a very hard job for us two.

We needed to do the work out of the winds, because, yeah, there were winds but they were hot and dry.  Working with fine cloth required doing it out of those winds.  Steve'd bought a cooler from our oldest son and everyone thought it a good idea to fire that baby up to cool the garage for the work.  
It was heavenly.

Had to do some seaming with duct tape as the hoops were larger than they seemed.  Here we are seaming for the largest hoop and all hands were needed. Had to turn the cooler away for a few minutes to do it and that made us doubly fast about it.

This is one of the smaller hoops.  We'd laid the cloth over it and then it was time for binder clips (the BEST friends of the gardener).  Another item we should buy stock in.  Turned out that we didn't have enough but we did get three hoops covered.  Time for another Walmart* run.

I thought the heat would've done in my garden, but most things seem to be handling it well.  The stepped-up watering is probably mostly responsible for that.

My first tomato to show up.  After the disastrous tomato season of 2016 this may be a good sign of things to come?  Can't predict by just one tomato, but I'm hoping for a good harvest.

The butterhead lettuce and the red romaine are doing really well.  My spinach is also in and is now added to our nightly salads.  I'm hoping the covered hoops will spare the lettuces from this heat, which is their bane.

The kids are safely back in their valley ovens, and we are hibernating under fans with all windows and doors covered...

... come on October...

*“I have not received, nor expect to receive, any compensation for items mentioned in the blog that I like, or may suggest to the viewers.  The items are just something that works/worked for me.  The Irish Lady.”

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