Topic: Summer's Heat
Everyone seems to be suffering from hot weather these days, no matter what part of the country you're in.
We don't have a swamp cooler for our home, because we've never really needed one. Our house has stayed comfortable the past couple of years after we had new insulation and siding put on, and new energy-efficient windows installed.
However, I've been wishing we had a little more relief these last few days. In the mountains it usually cools off at night, but not lately.
There's lots of talk about global warming these days. People are finally starting to wonder if there's something to it. A little late, I think.
My female turkey hen, "Lucinda," is smarter than we gave her credit for. I walked out to check on the birds this afternoon, and there was Lucinda standing in the metal basin I use for the birds' outdoor water. She was soaking her feet and getting cooled off. She didn't move as I went into the barn and drew half a pail of water and added it to the basin.
Tom Turkey isn't as smart, unfortunately. He forgets he has to drink in this heat. I end up throwing handfuls of water up into his beak. That way he at least gets some much needed water down him.
The dog knows where it's cool. You'll find him on the cement floor of the garage, or in one of the bedrooms where we still have hardwood floors and he can get the coolness of the crawl space under the house.
Perhaps a rainstorm will develop and bring some relief. We sure need it! And in a couple of months we'll soon forget this heat as we face Autumn and the cold that follows.
I have word from a Native American source that we are going to have an early fall and a harsh winter. That sounds really good right now!