The hottest summer ever!

There are still a few things I need to do to get this up to Koerner Snuff but this photo does not even show the large amount of storage space I have on the back left now that furniture has departed.

There are still a few things I need to do to get this up to Koerner Snuff but this photo does not even show the large amount of storage space I have on the back left now that furniture has departed.

I thought I saw somewhere that this is the hottest summer on record. I am not sure that that is the case but it certainly has been a very good pool summer.

For some reason, it seems a bit more comfortable than most. I don’t seem to notice the mosquitoes and the flies and yellow jackets seem to be under control. The most interesting aspect is that despite the heat, we are pretty much able to go outside and eat in the early evening, which, in really hot times, is not the case. We have only dined in a few times during the past few weeks and that has been mainly because of insects interested in Mary Kay.

The pool has been amazing and the work at the western Deerfield Pool, Mitchell, has caused everyone to be way more interested in going there. It was totally renovated. The end result is that our pool, which has rarely been really heavily occupied, is even less busy than normal. We really enjoy being able to take a dip on a really hot day and cool off.

The weeds are showing signs of the heat and lack of rainwater. The nastiest weeds are thriving and the rest of the plant life is either in some sort of state of hibernation or actually turning brown. We have some of the strangest looking grass growing; it is three times as high as the normal stuff, and very green in contrast to the rest of the lawn. I wonder if it might be ‘volunteers’ from the tall grasses in the way back. Those grasses seem to grow from the base out, making me think that they spread through the roots, but maybe there are seeded volunteers as well.

The birdlife is going well. The birds have the pond, which continues to grow clearer, and the two bird feeders; we are doing a great job for them.

I feel like I am really on vacation, other than the serious final removal of stuff that we just moved out. One of my Tuesday jobs was to load a trailer of things to take to Highland Park. I was alone and my back was iffy, so I just moved stuff to the front. Mikey and I then put it all in, secured it, and we ended up delivering it. The domino effect was that it necessitated reworking what I have in my garage. I think that I can now get in two cars. Yes!

My grades were turned in Monday. I have done a lot of prep work for my next class, which currently looks small, with four students, in the fall. Fall starts August 22nd at Oakton. Oh my!

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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