Thursday, August 31, 2017


Just to think only four short weeks ago I said "self it is August the last of the summer month the last of any really hot temps" I think I jinxed it. We had some moderate days for the most part and then a few days that were strangely reminiscent of August in Fresno county. Such as 107 but after a few days it righted itself and once again I was lulled back into complacency. In the last week we have experienced full payback for my apparently over optimistic expectations. 

We will have a fire cracker HOT Labor day. Yes Labor Day not Memorial Day. And how does that work? You may remember from my June post we had a bit of heat. Approximately ten days of the annoying stuff. So now it appears that is on the agenda again. We are talking 110 yuppers our tempatures here in the old foothills of the southern cascades will be 

Then we will slowly cascade into under 100 degrees with great hopes of not seeing that again until next summer!

If you pop the lead photo you'll notice that it appears the road is dipping into a bowl of pea soup fog. Close but no cigar. In addition to our toast up we had a wind shift that lands us in pea soup smoke from our neighbors in Oregon  and Trinity county California who are experiencing fires. God bless them and I am grateful that as mildly annoying as it is I will take their smoke over their fires anyday. We are also under a two day Red Flag warning since the weather is hot and the ground is dry but there are some clouds brewing up in the high elevations which could lead to dry lighting and more fires.

Heck of a way to end the summer but we here at the farm are looking forward to fall and getting into the greenhouse that has been way too warm and sticky to even think about . But I have been thinking and I am looking forward to getting some salad greens going and perhaps radishes and some carrots too.

The excessive heat also delayed Willie and Waylon's trip to their new home.
                           Waylon on right is now about twice as big.                          

Moving away from home brings enough stress as it is for the goats . Adding extreme heat to the equation is just asking for trouble. Our goats welfare always comes first in the decisions we make regarding them. So we will enjoy their company for another two weeks until we are sure the heat isn't coming back again. 

Leaving you with this great quotation from the "keeper of the board" at my Chiropractor's office.


At August 31, 2017 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Rain said...

Oh gosh can I say I WANT that heat??? I'm just grasping at the moment for anything that'll save the tomatoes lol...your goats look very sweet. Good idea to keep them home until they can better adjust! I love that quote! :)

At August 31, 2017 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Yup you can say it Rain.But I think Fed Ex may draw the line there. And you are correct excellent tomato growing weather except we have none because of the ground squirrels. I know that this is excellent weather for tomatoes because in Fresno County on the Golden Westside Geoffrey was a master of tomato growing. And indeed they like hot days and cool nights. Sigh maybe next year. Agreed that quote is something we all should strive for.

At September 3, 2017 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Weekend-Windup said...

If the heat is moderate it will be tolerable else very difficult to pass the days. Your goat has got a sweet house to keep themselves safe:)

At September 6, 2017 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Leigh said...

Love that quote!

I can't believe you're still under such a heat wave! Well, I believe it because you're saying it but sheesh, you've really had more than your fair share. We're actually having one of the coolest Septembers I remember (so far that is. Who knows about next week or the week after that!)

At September 7, 2017 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Safety first. They also have two Great Pyrenees to make sure they are well.

At September 7, 2017 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Neither can I. If I was in Fresno still it would be no surprise but this is just weird up here. The odd part being we will get 4-5 days of 90's and then on a Thursday or Friday get slammed for about 2-3 days then the process repeats itself. Now we are sitting pretty with thunderstorms with a nice amount of rain and our low tonight is heading for low 60's or high 50's. Go figure!


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