Fire and sunflowers

6 thoughts on “Fire and sunflowers”

  1. Well said, Susan. I agree. Our weather here on the edge of the Ozarks has been on the cooler side this season, thank goodness. But, I am reminded of the 1950’s heat waves in neighboring Kansas where I grew up. We had no a/c, just water-evaporator fans at that time and I recall having trouble just catching my breath. That means the heat will return again, only worse. It’s just a matter of time. Meantime, let’s enjoy the respite, however brief!

    1. We’ve had a comfortable week in greater Denver, after a week of record-setting heat. And at the moment the eastern half of the state is drought-free (while the western half burns). I don’t know how we old farts survived in the days before a/c, but I wouldn’t be surprised if today’s hot weather is hotter. Certainly it’s more widespread and longer lasting. I’m definitely enjoying this respite, although worried that my a/c won’t hold up. People used to think Colorado didn’t need a/c!

  2. We can see fireworks from a local amusement park every night throughout the summer from our deck. Although I enjoy the spectacle, I understand the trauma the can cause to some people and dogs (they are held near the water so no worries about fire). I remember the millennial celebration that was held close to the zoo in Balboa Park. To protect the animals, they used low trajectory and very quiet fireworks. They were equally beautiful and much safer. So far, we have enjoyed cool temps (low 70s) but I imagine things will heat up in several weeks… they always do. Stay safe and as cool as you can! .

    1. Currently, at 10:15 am, it’s 66 degrees here. Quite the change from last week. How thoughtful to choose fireworks that wouldn’t alarm the animals! You’d think in Colorado, where it seems almost mandatory to own at least one dog, people would be more considerate.

  3. The different varieties of change has been on my mind too.  I think it was on 60 minutes that I saw a reporter standing on a sand bar in the middle of Lake Mead.  He mentioned that he was standing 130 feet below where the waters surface was in 2002.  130 feet times the number of acres contained in Lake Mead is an astronomical amount of missing water.  And guess what I realized?  There’s not a damned thing anybody can do about it.

    Besides the inability to avoid noticing weather changes, the social climate is consumed with what appears to be pure unadulterated hatred on both sides of any controversial subject.  I think the vile, condescending, hate filled rhetoric of our recently deposed by popular demand ex-president is the sole reason.  Never before in my 81 years can I remember a person who (in the face of documented audio and video evidence) denied every piece of factual evidence.  Surely people aught to realize what an aboration (deviancy from the norm) this miscreant was and still is. 

    1. Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas, to mention a few, depend on the Colorado River for water. Hard to believe that little trickle I have stepped across high in our mountains grows to sustain those cities … and all their lawns and golf courses and swimming pools. Or used to. The river was great enough to form the Grand Canyon, but man has for years been draining it dry before it ever reaches the ocean. Not to mention continuing to build as though water is an infinite resource. And that was before all the lakes and reservoirs started drying up. It’s not like we in Colorado are hogging all the water. If the snowpack isn’t there, the river won’t be there. Period. Ignore nature at your peril.

      I agree the social climate has become unpleasant, often dangerous. And I, too, blame our ex-president for unleashing and encouraging all the divisiveness and hatred. It’s scary to contemplate, frightening that such a man was ever elected in the first place. And I haven’t words for a political party that continues, against all reason, to embrace him. At the same time, I realize that my disdain for them is just a reflection of their disdain for me. Each side blames the other for being stupid, ignorant, selfish. Rightly or wrongly. How and where does it stop?

... and that's my two cents