I am officially DONE with summer! This feeling usually hits me later than this, usually towards the middle or end of August, but not this year, oh no.
Maybe it is something to do with the time we spent up in the lovely green, cool northwest, or something to do with the fact that the monsoon seems to have dried up. The monsoon storms cool the temperatures down considerably and bring wonderful rain, although we haven't seen much at all where we live yet. Whatever the reason I have the summer blues real bad! I have been spending my time looking through our vacation pictures and dreaming of cooler climes.
Of course it is hot here in the summer, I know that. Each year I think that perhaps I will handle it better, and complain less, and yet each summer I handle it less, and complain even more. I am not a lot of fun to be around either. Sigh.
It really is hard for me to feel like I am making even the smallest contribution to the environment when we have our AC cranking out coolness continually, (even if it is set at 83 which feels miserably warm), and I feel guilty every time I water the plants. I constantly have to resist the urge to pack up the girls in the car and drive somewhere cool, like Payson, or Flagstaff. It seems very tempting but is not a very good long term solution.
Today we have been trying to keep busy by talking about the fall, and the things we are going to plant in our garden. And so the girls and I went out and bought some seeds.
I am using the super planting calender from The Urban Farm web site for our fall veggies. This has made it much easier for me to understand the right time to plant veggies here in the low desert. This weekend we will plant cucumbers, squash, corn, snap beans, and sunflowers in a bed that gets plenty of afternoon shade!
I also splurged a little today and bought a money tree plant. I have wanted one for ages, and it was kind of a last treat before I start compacting tomorrow. I know it was a bit extravagent, and it wasn't bought from a locally owned store I am afraid, but it looks so nice, and it makes me feel better somehow. Maybe it will bring us cooler weather and rain?
These are some melon seeds that K planted a few days ago. We were really just messing around and not expecting anything to grow, so were very surprised when they sprouted! Not sure how well they will do in the heat though.
Hopefully by keeping busy I can keep the summer blues at bay. I really need to be more creative and come up with some cheap and cheerful ways for us to stay busy in the heat. I am so NOT one of those Mom's that keeps their children entertained for hours with a length of string, a cardboard box, and odds and ends from the junk drawer. I SO wish I was, but I just am not. Sorry girls!
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