Agua Fria and a Gila Monster!

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It was nice and cool this morning, so we went down to see how the Agua Fria River was flowing. As you can see, it has water but it is a slow flow. That is not surprising since we had a relatively dry winter this year.

On the way back, we came across a Gila Monster. Very cool to see one of these critters out in the field! He wanted to get away from us as quickly as he could. It looked like something had already taken a chunk out of his tail, so I’m sure he didn’t want to take any chances with the likes of us!

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Gotta Get Away!

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Grrr…Pesky Humans!

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Are They Gone Yet?

We left the monster in peace and headed back towards home. The dark sky over the Bradshaw Mountains was warning of rain. Nice to see the stormy skies in late May.

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Monsoon Still Here

Even though summer is not over, there is a hint of fall in the air. We were able to leave the windows open all night on Friday (9/4) for the first time since early June. By Sat. the humidity was back and we had to run AC all night, but it was nice to even get one night AC free!

There is a lot of Monsoon moisture in the air, which makes things icky. It sure produces some pretty clouds, though not much rain lately.

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*Update: A few hours after I published this today, some rain finally moved in! It rained on and off all afternoon and the temp. dropped to 69 degrees. The windows are open and I am smiling. Happy Labor Day!

More Monsoon Action!

The storms have missed us a lot the past several weeks. We seem to be in a spot where they blow by on either side, but often leave us dry. Today was an exception. Nice downpour this morning, finally! I went out to see if the Big Bug was running and sure enough, it was! The storm also dropped our temps by 15 degrees, although it is still very sticky out there.

It was still raining when I went out, so the picture was taken from inside my car. So nice to see the Big Bug get some action again.

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One more:

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Happy Independence Day!

And a big thank-you to all who serve this country!

We missed all the rain yesterday, but monsoon just made up for it with a big downpour. Along with the rain came crazy lightning and thunder. After a particularly bright strike and loud crack of thunder, our power went out. Thankfully it came back after about 45 min.

We are sure the rain came because Mr. LOTBB put food out on the grill!:)  The pic. below is from yesterday, when we got only a few sprinkles. It is still raining here now. Yippee!!

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And So It Begins

We got our first Monsoon 2015 rainstorm this morning. It woke us up in the wee hours about 1:30 am. It was pretty decent too, with nice rain, lightning, thunder and thankfully, no hail or other damage. I thought the storms had passed us by earlier in the evening, so this was a pleasant surprise!

I love monsoon season in Arizona! It is the best when we get rain but often, like late yesterday afternoon, even though the rain passed us by the clouds came along with the wind and cooled things off about 20 degrees. It was lovely to be able to get out of the 24/7 AC for a while and sit out on our deck, enjoying the breezes and cloudy sky.
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A Most Excellent May

May 22nd and we didn't even hit 70 degrees!


May 22nd and we didn’t even hit 70 degrees!

The end of May is upon us and it is starting to get hot. But I’m not complaining, because this has been the coolest May I can remember since moving to Arizona in 1993. Normally, it is hot all month, but this year it remained delightfully cool up until this week. And to top it off, we got quite a bit of (gasp) rain! I can only hope that this is a new weather trend.

We harvested our first batch of garlic today. In the fall, we planted some Susanville Garlic, a new variety for us. Usually we grow California white. The garlic grew very well and smells wonderful. I can’t wait to taste it! We have another batch that was planted later and should be ready in a few weeks.

Garlic Harvest

Garlic Harvest

This garlic will be ready in a few weeks.

This garlic will be ready in a few weeks.

After pulling the garlic, we are prepping the container for some cucumber seeds. I’m planting a little later than usual this year, so I hope they do ok. We added some compost tea to the soil. They should like that!

Compost Tea

Compost Tea

Composter and Compost Tea

Composter and Compost Tea

I really don’t like the summer heat at all, but I think the excellent May we just had will make it a little easier to live with this year.

What’s Happening in the Greenhouse?

The wind is howling today, although the temps. aren’t really bad. I think it is about 58 degrees, but the north wind makes it seem a little more chilly. (My apologies to all of you back East who are experiencing real cold!)

So, what is happening in the greenhouse today?

Calendula blooming

Calendula blooming

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Nasturtium

Onions Drying

Onions drying

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Peas sprouting!

I do look forward to fresh sweet peas in a few months. The greenhouse is a wonderful place.