Plain Old Reality

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We are experiencing some serious dog days around central Connecticut. Temps in the upper 90s and no rain, save for the occasional short violent thunderstorm. We’re watering things outside the garden, and we never water things outside the garden. We’re taking Maddie for walks earlier and earlier each day. We’re bumping into the point where she hasn’t yet…well, you know, the thing we would rather she not do while walking.

Some of you mentioned that I made you think on Saturday. Sorry about that. If I try to make you think, it’s usually on a Monday. Fair’s fair, I’ll give you today off. Some photos to look at. Gathered while Maddie and I walked early Sunday morning.

Sorry, these are just plain photos, no augmentation (1) today. All I have is the bare bones reality that Mother Nature and people, for good and not-so-good have added. Some people are trying to make it better. Clearly, some people don’t give rat’s a** about anything other than they’re convenience. I also included attempts to capture interesting images. Some were successful and some were not. Oh well, something for me to learn.

I wanted to include some background music. Believe it or not, I had a problem with some of the classic summertime songs. More about that later. I chose The Allman Brothers Band – “Blue Sky” from “Eat A Peach” which was released early in 1972. I hope you enjoy the gallery.

Notes:

(1) I’m still on a bit of a roll from one of the topics that crept into that SoCS post.

(2) As the week rolls on, I will be spending some time preparing for and administering the Cherished Blogfest. My regular reading / writing habits might get interrupted. There is still plenty of time to join us. Choose a cherished object, tell us why it means so much to you and publish it anytime between early Friday and late Saturday. You can let us know you’re coming by signing-up here. But, if you want to just jump in with your post, the official list will be active Midnight, (GMT) on Friday.

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  1. So, weather-wise, CT is and FL are not so far apart!! You are having the exact same weather we are. Everyday is in the 90’s with a heat index in the triple digits; a 5-minute cloud burst now and then, but otherwise scorching and dry – right?!! Thank goodness for air conditioning.

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  2. Dan, we at Delaware Ohio advance auto warehouse #23 just took on a distribution center for our company’s shipments since it was falling behind! Just letting you know the ten extra hours are going to put me in a cranky mood in the heat. . . Just informing and not blaming. . . We have had Remington, Indiana’s “back” since last summer! Yikes!

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    1. I looked ahead at the next comment – sorry if my state is contributing to your crazy summer. Nobody asked my opinion. I would have said, “wait a minute. How’s this going to affect Robin?”

      I wish it were that simple – thanks for stopping by,

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  3. About that heat… I believe it’s called ‘summer.’
    Enjoyed your photo gallery. Though, whenever I see that someone’s left a sprinkler on to water the lawn, I think beyond the expense and just people and remember that the lawn is many, many living plants, and the soil beneath hosts worms and other critters. And the birds thrive on those. :)

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    1. We’re OK with “summer” Val, but we’re not really used to prolonged heatwaves. We get cranky. We’re putting water out for the birds now, and watering some of our plants that are simply dying. We water the Bee Balm, because the bees depend on it and it was dying in the heat. We don’t have what most folks would call a lawn, so we don’t water much grass. We do water the area where the bunny eats. Striving for balance here in CT – thanks for the comment :)

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      1. Our temps shot up into the high 80s a few days ago and a week before that, but like you we’re not used to high temps (here in the UK) and yes, it makes for very frayed tempers. (I wonder if temper and temperature are related? I’ll have to look that up.)

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  4. If you lived closer, I’d volunteer to take a turn walking Maddie. I have to get my steps in anyway and her company would be enjoyed. :-) It is hot, humid, dry, and everything not being watered is brown which includes our grass because we don’t water it. We had a horrendous storm Saturday night, appreciated whatever moisture fell from the sky, but thousands lost power. We were very lucky and the AC kept humming. Here’s to the Northeast getting a little more moisture.

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    1. Thanks Judy. Maddie had to go outside at 2:30 am – you could have taken that shift :)

      As I mentioned above, we only water the grass in the area where the bunny feeds. Some parts of our yard are beginning to look like October. I worry about the veggies and fruit growers. My wife waters her garden, but she uses soaker hoses which are now shaded by some purslane, that she is only lightly weeding out.

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  5. It’s a scorcher here too …. and very, very dry. The skies finally managed to squeeze out some rain overnight, but it’s not nearly enough.

    Litter drives me crazy. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!!! … and I’m particularly annoyed at the moron who keeps dropping his/her cigarette butts in my yard.

    But my favourite photo is the one you considered a mistake. That moon shot is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Joanne. The litter drives me a little nuts. If I’m close to home or close to the trash can in the park, I’ll pick it up. Walking Maddie, I sometimes have enough to carry… I find little in our driveway a lot, and it just makes me shake my head.

      I’m glad you like the moon shot. It wasn’t what I wanted, but I do like it.

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  6. Wow on your moon shot, Dan! As for the heat, ditto here. I awoke to the sounds of glorious thunder this morning, and it poured OH it poured finally! Everything is scorched here and even some leaves are beginning to fall. I cannot keep up with my gardens but today I get a day off!! No watering!! Great gallery and I thank you! Loved the music as well! Have a great day today!!! <3

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  7. Some great shots here, Dan. You can’t go wrong with birds and bunnies, and that shot of the sun and the telephone pole is pretty cool. As for the litter … the less said, the better, or I’ll be bleeping myself too. I get tired of fishing beer cans and other detritus out of the ditch between the front yard and the road. As for the heat … as ZZ Top might put it, it’s bad, it’s nationwide. Truly the land of the Midnight Sun, to put it in TZ terms. Hope we catch a break soon …

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  8. It’s been hot here for several days. Sunday morning my roomie and I went for a walk and it felt so hard to breathe because of the humidity. I’m not a fan of this. I’d like to go back to temps in the 70’s and low 80’s, low humidity, with a few overnight showers…you know, perfect summer weather.

    I’m not sure what someone is thinking when they throw cans or bottles or any other litter to the ground. It’s either laziness or they believe everyone else is their maid. Ugh.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I hope you catch a break with the weather soon, too. Our forecast is hot hot hot until the weekend. Mid 80s is a long way from upper 90s. I can’t wait. As for the litterbugs…I’ll just keep shaking my head.

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  9. Dan, I like your plain old photos! That’s the kind I take too! Yep, know the CT weather, I’m in it visiting my sister! As long as the humidity stays low, it’s much like CA. But that high humidity is tough to take! My first photos here were of tall green trees, something I miss in southern CA. Fun being back in my old stomping grounds! Good memories! 💛 Elizabeth

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  10. I’d like to join the fun, Dan, but I’m currently vacationing with children and grandchildren and have been for the last week and a half. The teenagers’ raw and abundant enthusiasm for EVERYTHING leaves me game, plucky…and exhausted. I know, I know, you gave me plenty of early warnings, but I was busy resting up for the hurricane to come. Maybe next year.

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  11. I’d like to state for the record that my Moo is the kind of child who picks up litter in public. She hates a litterbug. She sure does go on about it. Now, we taught her this, as we are also those people, but this kid is a fanatic about it. UNLESS SHE’S IN HER OWN YARD. Then she feels like leaving peels and wrappers and bottles and cans and even glasses on the porch, patio, or in the drive, even on a vehicle, is okay, and when the wind blows them all about, she gets upset that she has to retrieve them from bushes and sweep up glass and whatnot. It’s a strange paradox. We have a compost bin, a recycle bin, and a trash bin, just feet from the house. So truly, Dan, I do not know what people are thinking.
    I like the moon in the tree photo, even though it’s not what you wanted, and I love the spider web photo. The one with the sprinkler is also quite pretty :) $300 a month for a green lawn? Goodness no.
    I sometimes let Sadie out to chase off Other Tomcat, who is not fixed or collared like Nice Tomcat. But not when other people are home. Shh.

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    1. Thanks Joey. Good for Moo! (well, the public space Moo). I sometimes pick this stuff up, but if I’m already carrying Maddie’s stuff, well, there are only so many hands. I’m glad I included the moon photo. Several people seem to like it. I do like it, I just had a different plan. Hmm, plans that didn’t work out…I guess I’m used to that. Maddie is funny. She’s OK with bunnies and birds and even squirrels, but that cat had to go.

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  12. The moon pic turned out great, Dan. It definitely works nicely even with the reversed focus. And happy to have assisted with the birds! I must admit, from the time I could walk, my dad would take me out and we’d play two games: Identify the tree species and name the birds. There was always plenty of both to learn!

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  13. I really like your Moon shot, and liked the Eastern Kingbirds. I’ve seen the Western Kingbird only.

    The bunny is so cute! I don’t littering. It really irritates me.

    It’s hot in the afternoons here, but the Marine Layer is rolling in and cooling things off for the evenings, and mornings thankfully. I hope you get a break from the heat soon!

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    1. Thanks. I guess I should stop complaint about the moon shot. The forecast has us in the 80s for the weekend. That’s a big break if we get it. My best friend Oscar the shore. He says it’s about 10-15 degrees cooler, but it’s 40 miles away…

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  14. Must say I like the picture of the moon. It’s not a water bottle, G means Gatorade. Nobody should litter. I am not going to try to find Saturday’s post because the Democrats are convening now and I only have so many brain cells available for thinking .

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  15. I like that power line photo. Reminded me of some transformers we are yet to install but the power company is bossing us around.
    Concerning the water bottle and the can, I have a very intense dislike for people who just dump stuff. They are so many around here. One day there was a woman in the bus eating bananas and throwing the peels out the window. I felt very personal about it. So I broke my own personal restraint and told her to stop it. Luckily, she did. I was scared she might turn out to be sort of crazy and throw a fit.

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  16. I commented in the photos. We are next to the coolest state in the country (Washington) and are having just a little bump, but frankly, our 90 degree weather will never ben what you guys on the East Coast feel because we don’t have the humidity. I’d be crazy mad if I lived in that…..

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  17. It’s hotter than in Maine, then, but cooler than in some parts of CA that are currently way above the 100s. I love to imagine that the bunny is your Mini Bun spring bunny, only bigger. And the Allman Brothers brought back college memories. I listened to them much later but it was due to the fact that back then things were slower. Anything from America reached France ten years later (kind of true!).

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    1. The heatwave was supposed to break with heavy rain yesterday, but it never happened. It looks to be in the low 80s today. I’m glad you liked the Alman Brothers. They were a slow moving band even here in the states. I was at University of Georgia for a year and I saw them twice. I also was fully indoctrinated in Southern Rock. I always think of CA as being mild, but not hot.

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