White Flowers and Botanical Plants

Heat, heat is the story this past week. We had a week of temperatures in the upper 90’s and over 100 degrees. J and I got out and did some work in the mornings, but between the heat and fire risk we didn’t do much in the afternoons. Sounds like we have another week of heat ahead of us.

I got the lawn mowed before the big heat hit. After the extreme temperatures, I might not be mowing for a while. I also sprayed weeds. Other than the brown, the yard looks sharp.

J has all the hay equipment serviced and ready to go. We are waiting for CRP acres to be released for haying; the normal haying date is August 1st. We are hoping that the USDA releases CRP acres for early haying due to the drought we are experiencing.

I spent Thursday morning tearing out fence while J did some work on a water project. We are tearing out more of Great-Grandpa’s woven wire and replacing it with barbed wire fence. Friday J and I attacked the project together and got the woven wire rolled up and pulled over have the steel posts. After checking cows Saturday morning, we finished pulling posts and got the barbed wire winded up. The next step is to build corners and set a few wood posts.

I had an appointment in North Dakota boarder town first thing Friday afternoon. J went with me and made a stop for fencing supplies. On the drive home J’s phone was going wild with fire calls in the county west of us. A storm front passed through with lightning in it.

Around 5 o’clock pm we got the call to fight fire as there was a lightning strike north west of us about 12 miles. By the time J and I got to the site the fire was under control. J drove the pickup as I sopped up burnt grass (and buffalo pies) and sprayed a few flames that flared up. This was my first official experience as a volunteer firefighter.

Saturday morning I went with J to check cattle. He has been telling me that our pairs on the south place look awesome. That pasture has caught more rain than we have at home, the grass looks good and the calves are doing well. To top off our check all the bulls were home and working. Before it got too hot we also drove through the pairs at home.

I recently read Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan. It’s a nice and easy read.

I am currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. My kindle says the average reading time for this classic is 28+ hours, so I might be pecking away at this for a couple weeks.

Have any of you read this classic novel?

I added the photo below at the last minute. I captured it on Friday before J and I started soaking up along the fire line. The big clouds, rainbow, and tall grass looked pretty to me. If you are having a hot dry July thus far, stay safe and keep cool.

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7 Responses to White Flowers and Botanical Plants

  1. Buttons says:

    Robyn I understand the weather thing. I do hope you get your hay off. We had the same problem during last year’s drought. This year it is the exact opposite. We have yet to cut any hay, it rains most everyday. Take care in the heat. Your photos are beautiful. Mother Nature we could use a little cooperation here. Hugs B

  2. Jan says:

    Robyn, Love the pictures of the flowers, they add such a colorful scene. We are praying for the rain everyone so desperately needs. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers for rain.

  3. Kim's County Line says:

    I love that final photo. When you posted it on Facebook, I had hoped it brought some rain to you, but I know it usually means that someone else got it. It sure does make a pretty sky, though.

    We are supposed to be hot and dry this week, too. Our dryland corn is looking stressed. I will be “heat-stressed” on Wednesday. Our county fair opens that day. I’m the 4-H foods superintendent. Thankfully, the judging itself is done in an air-conditioned church. However, it still is hot getting everything set up at the fairgrounds.

    Have a great week!

    • Robyn says:


      We would take a good soaking rain, without lightning or hail. There are places in our general area that look good and there are areas that look really bad. If you are under the right cloud, people are getting some decent moisture. We are not under the giving cloud.

      We did get good news this evening, USDA released CRP acres for early haying. We can start haying on July 16th vs. August 1st. It’s dry now, but the way the last 10 days have been the CRP will yield better next week vs August.

      Good Luck and enjoy your County Fair!

  4. Darcy Sexson says:

    That’s awesome you guys volunteer to fight fire – wildfire is so scary, glad yours was under control quickly.

    • Robyn says:

      It’s amazing how people “come out of the wood works” when there is a prairie fire. They can move fast in rough country and be hard to get out.

      When it’s this dry any storm cloud that might have lighting calls the guys out to the hill tops to watch for fire. J just left to sit on our big hill.

      We don’t like to fight fire, but I find it reassuring that we have neighbors and friends that will be here to help in quick order.

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