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Too darned hot

It’s Too Darned Hot and I’m loving it. Sweating. Cutting walks short. Staying inside with the ceiling fan running. And loving it.

I did manage to make use of myself this weekend. The general store had all its plants and a lot of its garden pots 50% off. Although I’m normally too black-thumbed to bother, I spotted a whole lot of pretty succulents.

Even I have a hard time killing succulents. So I made these two mini-gardens for the new front porch.


More missing cats around town — really around town. The latest beloved house pet, posted LOST at the post office with all 10 of his oochie-coochie nicknames, disappeared from a senior apartment complex right in the center of town.

We can hope that one disappeared of natural causes. But everybody’s on edge about that mountain lion, and given where s/he seems to be roaming, they should be. If not downtown, then the cat-snatching feline is all over the edges of the place, including places with lots of children.

Everybody who knows about it’s on edge, that is. The weekly paper hasn’t printed the sightings (or the dead kitties) yet. Guess we’ll see this week whether that’s because they haven’t had time to do it or whether they don’t think it’s news townies need to know.

Might scare off all those tourists we don’t have. Or something.

Maybe the cat will encounter the four wolf-dogs some eejit owner keeps allowing to escape into town and they’ll all take care of each other.

I love this place. I really do. But it has its moments.


Now it’s cooling off and I’m going to go sit on that very appealing (and functional!) new porch and enjoy the great side benefit of too-darned-hot* days. Gloriously cool evenings.

And I’ll be keeping an eye out for lurking critters, as well.


* How Kiss Me, Kate has changed from the top of this blog to this!


  1. david
    david July 15, 2018 7:55 pm

    Coyotes like the taste of cats also. Still seeing as many deer as you used to?

  2. Claire
    Claire July 15, 2018 8:02 pm

    Seeing more deer than ever. Are you saying a cougar would disappear the deer? Seems logical — but the closure of the forest lands to ordinary hunting and recreation has caused a change in wildlife patterns around town, so it’s hard to judge.

    Whatever’s taking the housecats, we definitely have a mountain lion around town. It’s been seen twice that I know of within what would be a few blocks from here (if we had blocks).

    And we’ve had coyotes forever — but not so many disappearing house cats. The first one to go, Neighbor J’s Garden Kitty, was quite coyote wise.

    There’s something new in the neighborhood …

  3. fred
    fred July 16, 2018 12:54 am

    Love your colors.Kids made us a grape arbor from pallets but looks way better than just sticking pallets together.Your porch colors would do the arbor nice with the pastels.

  4. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran July 16, 2018 2:42 am

    It’s been a hot, dry summer in Rochester this year. Last year we had a cool and rainy spring and summer that caused Lake Ontario to flood, so this summer is quite the contrast.

    Love your succulent pots, Claire! I have a succulent garden that Rene’ planted around a post at the end of the fence where nothing else could grow because of the concrete around the post, but the succulents, chicks and hens, do great!

    Watch out for the mountain lion! I related to you about Rene’s brush with a mountain lion in Denver back in 2015.

  5. Shel
    Shel July 16, 2018 6:54 am

    It’s been miserably hot with almost daily showers in Central Florida for nearly the past month. Yesterday, puttering around the house in the later morning I was soaking wet in no time. Late September is the earliest respite we can hope for. I still have seen only the one panther – a likely hybrid mountain lion – but it’s just a matter of time, perhaps a couple of years, before things get dangerous here as well.

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Likes that rocking chair, don’t ya know!

  7. Claire
    Claire July 16, 2018 9:19 am

    Picked that rocking chair up at an estate sale just about the time we were finishing the porch. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s perfect for that spot, isn’t it?

  8. Claire
    Claire July 16, 2018 11:13 am

    Good info and not as anti-gun as some of these things are; worth reading all the way through. Thanks, Larry.

  9. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit July 16, 2018 11:30 am

    You and Joel are getting pretty fancy with your porch sitting! 😉

  10. Claire
    Claire July 16, 2018 12:24 pm

    True, that. 🙂

    I’ve been noticing all year how my projects and Joel’s are running parallel. I build a bedroom; he builds a bedroom. He builds a deck; I build a deck. He pretties his up with a fancy railing and a hummingbird feeder; I fancy mine us with cedar lattice and garden pots. I’m wondering how much longer we can keep working on the same projects at the same time.

  11. maDDtraPPer
    maDDtraPPer July 16, 2018 4:22 pm

    A turret on the roof next? 1 for an AK 1 for an AR lol

  12. Claire
    Claire July 16, 2018 8:15 pm

    Darn, I wish I’d have thought of that before having the place re-roofed.

  13. fred
    fred July 17, 2018 12:30 am

    The general store had all its plants and a lot of its garden pots 50% off. Although I’m normally too black-thumbed to bother, I spotted a whole lot of pretty succulents.Even I have a hard time killing succulents.
    Heehee,my wife can kill em.So we are walking out of store today,lady says,do you garden,wife says yes.Well,help yourself to these,Im tossing em out.
    Now Mrs said she noticed them walking in but thought,no,Im not buying plants,they just die anyhow.
    Upshot…for FREE got almost 2 squares of flowers,a little ragged,or as Mrs says…”Cool.Not only FREE,they are even pre killed!”

  14. Claire
    Claire July 17, 2018 5:55 am

    ”Cool.Not only FREE,they are even pre killed!”

    I like your wife.

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