Pets, Gardening & Entertainment

After weeks of heat and humidity and no rain at all, yesterday the skies opened up and it has rained heavily. And rained. And rained some more.

The humidity is so thick I believe you could cut it with a knife. It takes all your energy and poor Charlie has even more problems with this kind of air.

I believe Charlie is getting heavier while Ivy is getting slimmer. I imagine it’s because I have to lift him up to the bed most of the time these days. The doggy steps in the bedroom are taller.

Gardening Update:

My tomato plant has grown up into the tree branches. I’d say it’s about 7 feet tall now.

The cucumber plant has grabbed onto a tree branch and is quickly climbing up into the tree.

I had to move the Japanese Maple all the way under the overhanging tree branches because its leaves were getting burned. And it was already in partial shade.

The heat is brutal. Sometimes I have to water 5 times per day.

When I can see through the French doors that plants are in trouble and stressed, I go out and water them.

I’m lucky I pay a flat monthly fee of $25 for water here.

What I Just Watched On BritBox:

I just finished watching “The Victim” on BritBox. It only had four episodes but it was so good.

Summary Of TV Show:

Anna Dean believes her nine year-old son was murdered by Craig Meyers, a 13-year-old boy.

Fourteen years later, Dean starts an online campaign against Meyers. This leads to him being badly beaten. Anna Dean is then put on trial for his attempted murder.

While on trial, their lives intersect once again. Anna Dean tries to unmask the identity of her son’s killer while Meyers tries to salvage his reputation.

What I’m Reading:

I am currently reading “The Arrangement.”

Book Summary:

Lucy and Owen have traded in their life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb.

They’ve got a two-hundred-year-old house. They also have an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic. And 17 chickens at last count.

Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked.

But an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years.

And Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy – “real life,” or the “experiment?”

{This post contains affiliate links}


Similar Posts


  1. I recently signed up for BritBox because of your recommendation. I’ll put the show you just mentioned on my must watch list today. Is there any way we could start a list in the comments of shows on BritBox which people recommend? I did a search and there’s a lot of post to go through. I know it may seem like I’m lazy (and goodness knows there’s not a shortage of time right now) but it would be nice to have it all in one place. Maybe a post for “Favorite BritBox Shows” and your readers could leave a comment? Thanks for considering this idea.

  2. Good morning Brenda, it is hot, hot, hot here too. Luckily several afternoons this past week we had some rain. Of course then as you say the humidity gets so high.

    I hope Charlie is doing well today. I know that you are doing everything that you can to help him feel better.

    Thank you for the tv recommendation. The book sounds intersting too.

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. After debating for 2 days, the local nursery getting a shipment of houseplants enticed me to take a trip there this morning. My blood pressure must have dropped 5 points, I enjoyed walking and looking at the plants. I always enjoyed my spider plant but for some reason I lost all of them early this Spring. Got a beautiful plant with 6 vines with babies to share! My work friends and I always shared plants and none of my neighbors had a spider plant. Our daughter lives on Whidbey Island, WA and yes it is a true island. You reach it by ferry from Seattle and there is a bridge off the North end. Her first monthly water bill was $200.00 (not a mistake, she found out that is the norm). Hope Charlie boy is feeling better. I am looking forward to cooler weather also.

  4. I see you moved the typewriter picture to your office area.I received a catalog yesterday and in it was this countertop burner. It is like having a portable stove top! You can find it on Amazon if you are interested!

  5. The heat in the North American continent this year – and over the entire Euro-Asian continent, is record-breaking. Not only are the temperatures continuing to soar, the “dew points” – a term that when I was younger I’d never heard of, different than “humidity” in some way I’ve yet to understand but certainly feel it weighing down on me like a ton of burning steel, has been at record levels where I live. I have been forced this season, like last season, to remain inside for sometimes days at a time except in the earliest dawn hours when it is the “coolest” outside, to try and get the gardening chores done. I pay a lot more than $25 a month for water, but nobody around here is going into “xeroscaping” yet! We don’t live in a desert area (yet) – even if the temperature indexes are scorching us over 100 degrees F, the dew points/humidity keep our perspiration from drying, even in a wind. It’s like living at the equator. And how can anybody live at the equator now, if the temperatures and thick wet, hard-to-breathe air is this bad here in southeastern Wisconsin right on top of the Great Lakes, what must it be like in equatorial South America and Africa? Yikes! Thank goodness Charlie has such a good mommy! Your tomato and your cukes are happy. And I discovered yesterday from somewhere or other, Heaven only knows, tucked behind the AC compressor when I was watering some shrubs in the early evening, that I have a tomato plant growing, too! It’s only about a foot tall – it’s not getting much water and certainly not much sunshine, but there it is, growing. I had a brief thought of transplanting it – would it grow? I’m thinking about it, but if this season is like what happened last season – it was hot hot hot hot hot hot, and then it turned to winter with no discernible autumn, do I really want to do that to the errant tomato plant?

Comments are closed.