Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Summer Solstice

Ahhh... the first day of summer is here, the longest day of the year. While things have been heating up around here weatherwise, the calendar is telling us that it's official, summer has arrived. What does that mean in West Texas? Scorching hot temperatures, water sports, outside activities, long days and short nights. Mosquitos, flies, horse and deer-flies, gnats, no-see-ums, can't-see-ums and ants. This year seems worse for the pests, possibly because of the wet spring we've experienced.

I don't know if that's an official full moon, but she's mighty close. Bet the fish are biting! Taken near Christoval, Texas.

Sure, everything comes back to life during the springtime, but summer is when we get the party started! Everyone seems to emerge and at least spend some time outdoors. Because the heat can be somewhat oppressive here, I recommend a few days of acclimation. Start by finding some shade. Maybe fix up a pitcher of lemonade. If you happen to have some fresh produce to sell, you could make a few extra dollars. We have some neighbors who do just that, they sell corn, tomatoes, lemonade, melons and lopes. The family has been doing it consistently enough that they have a stand out in front of their farm.

Local produce, so fresh you'll throw rocks at the supermarket stuff. Get it while you can.

Kit-tain Update

Kit-tain slowly but surely becomes more a member of the family every day. She's even got Corella to warm up to her a bit. She's a huge hit with the kids around the neighborhood, I think they are enraptured by her diminutive frame. She's so little and cute, they just can't help themselves. Of course, I'm always near by, and when I think Kit-tain's had enough, I make them put her down (what a jerk!).

Here's Corella and Kit-tain, closer than they really like to be...

Here's a shot of the Three Stooges in our house. No doubt which one is Curly!

Dealing with the Heat

How do you deal with 100 degree temps? Easy, if you have low humidity, add some. That's what the local amusement parks do to cool off their guests. Well, if it's good enough for six flags, it's good enough for us!

Some mist action, notice the giant watermelon slice bought from Chicken Jimmy for three bucks...

For my buddies on the banner, here's a shot of Wal-Mart:

That giant wall way in the background: the new Sam's Club under contstruction. Trained observers will notice the butte that's just north of the Twin Buttes in the photo...

Well, I hope everyone's summer is off to a safe and fun start. Our training group is currently being inspected by the 2nd Air Force stan/eval team, so the first day of summer for us has found us a little distracted. If we don't screw it up too bad, we'll be fine until about January, when the AETC Inspector General team comes for a little Operational Readiness Inspection!

Did I tell you I have less than a year left?!?!?


Blogger prairie biker said...

Butte? Landfill!

3:59 PM  

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