|Lily's blackberry haul|
Well, I discovered a way to make a week last a long time: let it get really hot and stay that way for days on end. Last week we averaged a high temperature around 88°F (29-32°C), which is pretty darn hot for us. Hardly anybody around here has air conditioning, because we usually don't need it except for a few days in August.
However, last week we spent the entire time above normal, both highs and lows at night. Since we live close to Bellingham Bay, we were lucky to have a bit more cooling at night, and there were only a few times during the heatwave that it felt superhot. But yesterday, our climate returned to normal: the high was 73°F (22°C) and it was actually CHILLY when I walked to the bus this morning. I had to stop and put on my jacket, which I always carry in case I end up in A/C while shopping.
Now today, before noon, our temperature has been simply wonderful to experience. You can always add clothes if you're cold, but it's sometimes hard to cool down when the temperature and humidity climbs too high. We moved here because we like the cool and rainy weather, compared to hot places like the Midwest. We lived in Boulder, Colorado, for 15 years and decided to move someplace for our retirement years that would be more comfortable. Mostly, we have loved it here, but it seems that the changing climate is causing more places to experience this awful heat.
The good part is that the fruits and vegetables are happy with all this sunshine and warmth. Those blackberries are the first to ripen, with lots more to come just for the picking. Although these are invasive Himalayan blackberries and many people spend time and energy getting them cut back, I can't help but enjoy the sweet berries we can pick alongside the trails during August. The two fruits I enjoy right off the vine are these, and wild blueberries. Yum!