Monday, July 04, 2022

Gray Sky Blues

This has been one very bleak summer so far. Roger mentioned it in his post on Wednesday. It's still bleak and we may even get some rain. We would welcome that for the garden and the forests, but we sure wouldn't mind having some sunlit days here. 

We had to drive into town on Sunday to run some errands. I thought I'd give you a view of life here. 



Photos taken at 55 mph on our way home. 

We try to make the best of it. We go for walks. We work in the garden. The high temps have been in the low 60s. Hey summer, where ya been? We're still waiting for you to actually show up.  

Happy 4th of July, friends. We hope it is quiet where you live and that your neighbors don't set off lots of crazy fireworks into the night. Perhaps one good thing of these bleak gray rainy skies is that it may deter some of the madness of this holiday. 

PS One last thing, as if the bleakness of the weather wasn't enough-- how about the direction this country is headed. The Supreme Court has given us a wake up call by undoing 50 years of good decisions. We are not sure how this will all turn out, but it doesn't look promising in any way. There is a moveon.org petition asking Congress to remove Justice Clarence Thomas. I don't know if a petition like that would work, but if there was a way to change things, I would love to see it happen. We're headed in a bleak direction, as bleak as these skies, and really bleaker than I ever thought possible. We're worried.

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  1. I find it impossible not to worry even though I know it doesn’t help ☹️

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  2. At least you aren't roasting and you are probably saving money on the A/C! It has been hot, hot, hot here in Illinois and I am not too happy about that. But can't control the weather and can't control the Supreme Court, so we might as well enjoy what we can out of our lives. I've been so down but now I am trying to focus on any little positives that come my way... Take care!

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    1. EllenD-- If I had to choose, I would take these cool gray days over hot hot hot weather. It's true we can't control the weather or the courts. We do have to focus on the positive. Yes!

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  3. May our Independence Day bring more independence and justice to our lives!

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, more independence and justice.

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  4. Your sky is laying right on top of you, full of life saving rain. The sky here is heavy as well but not so close to the ground. Clarence will have to die to get him out of that gown. Soon-Please. Impeaching a judge is as impossible as trying to catch the orange greased pig in a vat of Crisco.

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    1. Linda Sue-- It is life-saving rain. We do appreciate it in every way. It would be nice to see a little sunshine too. Well, maybe Clarence Thomas won't be impeached, but how about putting his dumb wife in jail.

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  5. Like Ellen said, at least you aren't using A/C and having to water. This week we are facing dry days and 100+ actual temps. There is one good thing though, don't have to mow.
    Can't find any good things about the Supreme Court now though. Wish we could flush the bad ones down the drain.

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    1. Patti-- It's true, we are lucky that we hardly ever get scorching heatwaves here. Interestingly, just 10 miles inland from us the temps are as hot as the south. It sure would be nice if we could figure out how to get rid a Justice who is so unworthy in so many ways.

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  6. Your last couple of sentences hit the mark directly. Many more people will have to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that things are going the wrong way. That is really dull weather. Have a great Fourth of July.

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    1. Red-- I'm not sure enough people are going to wake up, but I so hope they do. This November election is going to be so important in every way.

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  7. It was 51 degrees here yesterday afternoon, what should be the warmest part of the day. My tomatoes let me know that is unacceptable even as a nighttime low! On the plus side, up here in the Seattle area we are getting noctilucent clouds--clouds that appear to glow after sunset. Do you get them in California too?

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    1. MollyTrolley-- That is really cold! Our tomatoes are struggling too. The cauliflower and kale are very happy though. I LOVE that you are getting noctilucent clouds. We don't see them here. I would so love to see that. Thank you for sharing that wonderful cloud news with me!

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  8. Looks like the sky and earth are grieving. And rightly so.

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    1. am-- Yes, that is the perfect perspective for these times... grieving. Thank you for that.

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  9. I endure the heat because I have to have sunny blue skies even if I only see them through a window most the day.

    My stress levels are way up which is not good. The closer we get to November the worse it gets. It doesn't help that the doomsayers are predicting the loss of the House. And the Supreme Court is taking on a case from a state that says the constitution lets them pick their own electors regardless of who wins the popular vote. The people's voice be damned. They allow that and we won't ever have a free and fair election again.

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    1. ellen-- I need lots more blue sky and sunshine. It may show up soon... we'll see about that.
      My stress levels are way high too. I worry about the validity of the November elections. I worry about the direction we are headed. This is such a scary time. We wonder what we should do and where we should go. Mmm?

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  10. Wow -- that is one gloomy sky. It gets old after awhile. We've been having heat, but as I am in rehab, looking out my window, I wouldn't know it.

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    1. Tara-- We're supposed to get some sunshine over the next few days. It will be so welcome. Soon you will be home and maybe get to feel some of that warm sunshine. Please take care there, Tara.

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  11. That is indeed a gloomy gray sky! We're having a cooler summer than usual, too, it seems. As for the direction of the country, well, I agree with you.

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    1. Steve-- We may actually get a few days of sunshine here. I am so hoping that the forecasters have that right. It has been so gloomy. Yes, the US is id deep trouble. So incredibly worrisome in every way.

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  12. You certainly did have dreary looking skies, Robin, but then rain is sorely needed in so many places so a storm might not be all bad? We are having a rather pleasant summer in Nashua, NH, with temps most days in the mid 80s, except for a few occasional 90+ ones, but not as long-lived as many places.

    Justice Thomas is a definite mess onto himself and while I don't disagree with many things I've read (nearly all) I will hold my comment here.

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    1. Beatrice-- We would have welcomed the rain, if there was any. It was just bleak gray skies. We hardly ever get real rain here in California in the summertime. And sadly, if there is real rain there tends to be thunderstorms and lightening which brings on the summer forest fires.
      It's so wonderful that you are having a good summer there. We love a nice summer.
      Ugh, Justice Thomas.

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