Friday, June 7, 2013


My thermometer.  Outside my front door.  At noon today.

Today's forecast high temperature: 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

But never fear, dear friends.  Sunday night the low temperature is forecast to be only 79. Positively chilly.

Of course there are some advantages to this weather.

That's the late and legendary Ann Miller singing and dancing a song from the movie "Kiss Me Kate."

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My neighbor, whose house I'm keeping an eye on while he's away, had his yard crew come this week and trim a palm tree or two in his back yard.  They piled the spent leaves in front of his house and left.  A day or two later I heard a terrific racket outside and went out to investigate.  It was a truck with a wood chipper behind it.  This crew was trimming some trees and disposing of the wood.  They were right next to the fallen palm tree branches but do you suppose they touched them?  Uh-uh.

So today was trash pickup day and I went out yesterday evening and put as many of the branches in his trash can as would fit and put it out to be picked up.  Thankfully, it was.  But that still left a bunch of branches on the ground.  So I went out this morning and piled them into his trash can to wait for next week's pickup.

For those of you unfamiliar with palm trees, the branches have many sharp barbs along the edges.

They are fierce and can hurt you.  So a pair of heavy gloves and carefulness is necessary to avoid being wounded.  I had both and wasn't.

Oh, and I've always heard that scorpions love to hide out among the leaves.  I kept a fairly close eye out for them but didn't see any.

It's all just life in the desert.

Oh and for those of you keeping track, it's 12:53 p.m. right now and the temperature is up to 106.

Enjoy YOUR Friday!


Steve said...

Bruce, you and the Frau stay cool.

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for the warning. Not too many palm trees here in Oregon. !04 degrees is just too hot for me.

Tom Cochrun said...

That is too darn hot!

Lowandslow said...

"Splain to me again the allure of summertime in the sunbelt? I'll bet my favorite month of the year, October, is looking pretty good now, huh? ;)


Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Oh yeah!

The Bug said...

I'm reading this on Monday morning & it's rainy & 66 degrees at 11:00. I have the space heater on under my desk! What a difference a few miles makes :)

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

I'll take some of your weather for a few days.

azttttommy said...

Once upon a time my daughter, Pam, was a cub reporter for the Sedona Red Rock News. One of her assignments was to interview Ann Miller. She wrote a very nice story. In return Ms Miller loaned my daughter a couple of movies (VHS) the Academy had sent her to view and judge. Pam was very appreciative.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Nice story, nice experience for Pam.