A Summer Blog, part twenty-nine
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Between unexpected trips into Albuquerque, chipping and the weather, sitting on the deck did not happen the past three days. Life is like that—life is what happens while you are planning something else. In truth I have not had the heart for sitting on the deck the past couple of days. There was a devastating storm two nights ago with half inch hail and seven tenths of an inch of water in about 30 minutes. The hail was an inch deep and lasted through the night—the temperature went from 70* to 50* in that same 30 minutes. But it was the hail that shredded everything. Most of the bushes lost two thirds of their leaves. The flowers are gone on plants, heck plants are gone—some just puddles of green mush, some just sticks without any foliage. Leaves covered the road and my sidewalks and paths to the extent that nothing showed underneath them. It reminds me that nature is not tamed or managed—nature just is, and we humans must adapt to her. This morning I made myself sit and I took the binoculars with me. There in the hummingbird nest were two babies! My spirits were immediately lifted. Life goes on and while this late summer and fall will not be as colorful as I expected, the plants will survive and live to flower another year.