About once a week I visit the websites of available and adoptable cats online here in Tulsa. But that’s as far as I go.
Part of me really wants to adopt a cat. The other part of me worries about how Charlie would handle it.
Charlie has adapted well to being an “only child.” Back in Texas we had two cats, so he’s accustomed to being around them, though that was nearly 7 years ago.
So obviously I’m torn on the subject. Charlie seems to be having allergy and eye problems right now. Would cat fur make it worse? My first allegiance is obviously to his needs.
Charlie spent over 11 years being somewhat in Abi’s shadow. Because she was much more aggressive and sociable and outgoing, and really I suppose the alpha of the two.
Now he gets my full attention.
But I do long for a pet that would cuddle with me. That maybe would encourage playtime for Charlie, who often seems bored. He seemed to like the cats in Texas.
Charlie likes to be petted and brushed, but he doesn’t want to be held. He will tolerate it for a short time. And aside from one night soon after Abi died, he refuses to sleep close to me.
He likes to sleep at the end of the bed. Which some people would prefer, I know.
I still sing the little song to him I made up to comfort him (and me) at night after the lights are out. I pet him while I sing to him and that is our time of true closeness.
In other news, my patio garden is feeling the effects of the hot temperatures.
The petunias continue to rally. But plants that I thought were drought tolerant, like the gaillardia, have about petered out.
The photo below was taken before they started turning brown.
Now they are pretty pitiful looking.
The lantana continues to perform well, as long as I keep it in part shade. The red hibiscus is doing fine since I put it in a much bigger pot and scooted it over a bit into the shade.
The vines turned brown and ugly. I clip them back, but so far only the passion vine has rebounded a bit. It still isn’t blooming again.
The mutant purple morning glory vines seem to be virtually indestructible.
The vegetables are not doing so well either. I’m still getting peppers (that I found I can’t tolerate) off the pepper plant and giving them to either my neighbors or my daughter.
But it is in part shade, so maybe that is why it’s still producing.
The two cone flower plants are doing fine. But they are in part shade as well.
The various sedum seem okay, although there are burned spots on the smaller sedum autumn joy’s leaves, and it is in the shade now.
Not much seems to be able to tolerate this heat. And since the containers are on a cement patio, that makes it worse.
But then for everything there is a season. I’m accustomed to having beautiful flowers and herbs and plants through May and part of June. Then it gets too hot and they die back.
Come fall, pansies will rally once more. And probably more of the herbs and vines.
Nearing August now, the objective will be to try to stay inside while the weather is so intense.
What’s going on in your garden or containers?