Well, here's October and still no sign of Fall. Tomorrow we're forecast to break a heat record. I hope 102 degrees doesn't really happen. Poor Sugar Baby's beside herself.
The garden's not doing so good. Here's a representative sample. Just imagine this, but on a larger scale.
There are still a few indestructible beauties here and there if you look. But for the most part, heat and gophers have taken their toll.
The cats seem to be on vacation.
Except when it comes to snakes. I've had to rescue several from them.
We've seen more of our mammal neighbors this year than ever before. Raccoons, possums, coyotes, deer, and bears! Last week our trash cans were tumbled and there was an attempted body snatching in the Hound Dog Grave Yard. Sugar Baby bravely defended her kin and all was set right in the morning.
The next night the bear took a bite out of a pepper then stomped all over the tomatillos. I'm glad he doesn't find garden vegetables to his liking. I'm not sure we could fend him off if he did. I feel so bad for the hungry animals. Once the heat subsides and a little rain falls, I hope they can find what they need - away from here.
The little birds have been a Godsend this year. Whole flocks of them fly in several times each day. They come to pick juicy aphids off the garden plants. I took this one this morning through the kitchen window. Sorry! It was the best I could do. He's eating aphids off the roses under the kitchen window. I credit the birds for our exceptional roses this year.
Hopefully this crop of buds will open in cooler weather.