Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summertime, Summertime

Blogger ate my post. Yep. I posted late last night and tried to save it, then. . .zip! It was gone. When I tried to look for it, Blogger disappeared, too. Right down a black hole. Ahhhh. . .the perils of late night posting and web vagaries. So, apologies for today's tardy post, folks. Here we go again ----

I don't know what's happening in your part of the country, but out here in Colorado, we're having a glorious summer. We've had an extended spring with mild temperatures, sunny days, and quick afternoon rainstorms. And it's lasted unbelievably all the way into July. Usually our July is hot and in the 90's from the first day on until the last week or so when the monsoon rains sweep up from the southwest and shift temps and bring lots of rain.

This year, we kept spring's 80's and afternoon showers almost until mid-July here in Northern Colorado. Then we finally got our 90's. But the showers have kept coming even if they were briefer. Until last night when there was a real summertime thunderstorm complete with huge cracks of lightning and pouring, pounding rain with some hail. Thankfully the hail wasn't big and it didn't last long. But it was a wonderful drenching rain.

That's why everything is so green, green, green and flowers are blooming everywhere. Even my annuals which were pounded down to two inch stubs in mid-June by a vicious hail storm have surged back as only hardy annuals can---desperate to bloom again in all their glorious colors. Blossoms are everywhere.

Consequently, I'm spending most of my time outside---working, doing bills, writing, reading, whatever. Even when I go out in the evenings with friends we usually choose the outdoor cafe tables so we can enjoy the luscious feel of the evening. Even in the hottest summers, our Colorado mountains send cooler breezes in the evenings. It's wonderful. . .and I don't want it to end. So far, we've had an unusally mild year. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.

How's the weather where you are? Sunny, rainy, stormy?