|At the coffee shop|
I took this picture yesterday, Sunday morning, at the coffee shop (well, actually the sidewalk outside the shop) as we enjoyed our iced coffees with two friends I haven't seen in awhile: Robert and his son Leo). You see the familiar face of John, Robert in the green cap with his phone, and Leo in his orange mask, and Gene on the right. Gene left this morning for a week or so in Alaska. It's not so hot there, he says, but we did pretty well with the heat yesterday.
It was early and quite pleasant. We still can't hang out inside the shop, but it was so nice out on the sidewalk that nobody minded one bit. We enjoyed being together and getting caught up with all the exciting (and not so exciting) stuff going on with us. As the day wore on, though, it did begin to get a little uncomfortable. I didn't go anywhere after I got home, missing even a short walk. By the time I checked the temperature, it was way too hot to venture out. By mid-afternoon it was 97°F outdoors, and our apartment got all the way to 89° before we went to bed. With fans going and no covers at all, I was surprised that I slept pretty well in spite of it all. Cool showers, cold dinners, and not moving much made it bearable. Although the low temperature last night was much higher than usual, it was nice to open all the windows and let the cool night air take over, once we got out of bed.
|Pretty purple potato flowers|
As I've mentioned before, this is the first year I've grown potatoes in my garden. I was so surprised to see how the bushy plant grew so large, and produced these flowers. I also learned that they will form little green tomato-looking things, but they are poisonous! I'll be interested to see what the potato tubers look like, once it's time to harvest them. Gardening continues to be an education. I haven't been out there since I took that picture day before yesterday, because, well, it's so hot! Today I'll go out there to water.
Today is supposed to be the last day of these awful temperatures, but it isn't even July yet, and it might just be one of those years when we are forced to endure all this sunshine and heat. Or maybe this will dissipate and we'll have a more normal Pacific Northwest summer. We'll see.