Our unrelenting heat this summer is reminding us just how far out of our comfort zone we are after being told we’re in drought level 4. It’s been a week of wildfires, wasps, Windows 10, and writing workshops.
Hit by lightning
During the last week, a massive dry lightning storm circled angrily around us turning the sky intense shades of apricot and peach. The yellow glow hovering over the horizon contrasting with the darkening fields, clouds moving quickly towards the mountains.
With a golden tinge the shimmering electrically charged air had hairs standing up on the back of our necks, it was unlike any storm I’ve encountered. The deafening booms resonating through the house like a pile of metal baking sheets being pounded into a sculpture.
It was both exhilarating, and fearsome being out, I was aware of how vulnerable being out on the road between the fields made me, vehicle or not. With the sky darkening to dusk at dinner time, the birds silent, and the trees whipping with an unkept promise of rain, it was as if our part of the Okanagan was under a dome. We could see the rain clouds, and lightning strikes just beyond our reach, and each time we thought we might get a deluge, it backed off.
Neighboring towns called with warnings, a storm unlike any seen before had just hit them, batten down anything movable, prepare for flooding when the moisture of the rain rolls off of the back of the parched earth. We watched the skies anxiously, clouds gathered, and spoke in thunderous voices. Striking furiously with random bolts of silver lightning reaching into the mountains.
We waited inside our hot houses anticipating rain, instead we got something we didn’t want.
Lightning set off a wildfire on the mountainside above us, it was found early the next day…if you’ve seen the news about the fires in Oliver area, you’ll understand how quick and destructive wildfire is. There were a few anxious hours in our neighborhood, the rising plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, it was too close for comfort.
While the Oliver fires are still burning mostly uncontained, there is a heartwarming story about a survivor …Leo the Goat...a miracle indeed. My heart goes out to all of those affected by these devasting fires, and those that have lost their homes, and property because of it.
Some like it hot
Through this punishing heat there’ve been a few plants that perform amazingly well. The Hostas, Bee Balm, and the Black Eyed Susans have been showing the garden stars they are. Extreme heat and dryness doesn’t seem to faze them. I have plans for more of those babies…as soon as they finish up this fall, I’m on a seed gathering mission and am going to plant them under the giant fir trees in the yard.
Those are the areas that need some late summer color getting so little water that even the lilacs were drooping. The thought of being able to look out the windows at happy yellow clumps of color makes my gardener’s heart do a little dance.
You don’t want to know what’s behind window number 1
Or actually behind the shutters…we noticed a clump of cranky wasps swarming the shutters outside the bedroom window. While I don’t love the hunter green color, seeing it in black and yellow wasn’t high on my list either. We’re not sure how they managed to build a nest so quickly and in such a tight spot, but they were determined, and mad. While wasps are great for eating other bothersome bugs, they can be a nuisance at times so here’s an easy to make trap made from soda bottles by Apartment Therapy, I’ve tried it and it works well.
Out the window
Windows 10 rolled out about a month ago, did you upgrade? We have the option on our new PC, after reading reviews which said it was great, wonderful even I upgraded, should have waited..it was wonderful for about 12 hours, then it started to fall apart…as it’s doing for other users also.
We began to encounter sporadic internet connections, Google searches showed that this was a serious, and still at this time unresolved issue. There were problems with running Adobe Lightroom, requiring an expensive upgrade which still didn’t work as promised.
Just as I was about to uninstall Windows 10 a Critical Error felled the computer…. leaving it unusable…another visit to our Computer guy, and we’re back to Windows 7 once again. So much for writing my blog post early, and working on a subscriber gift for August.
Anyone else had issues?
Pushing my boundaries
I’m happy to share that the trend of venturing out of my comfort zone is continuing with my attendance at a writing workshop held by a local author. We worked through a series of exercises intended to trick our brains into ignoring our inner editors, [mine was screeching at first] and then reading aloud to strangers what we had just written.
I survived that, and the Instagram meetup a few weeks before…and came out happier for doing it and felt good to push my comfort zones.
How about you, what have you been doing to push at the boundaries of your comfort zones lately?
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