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It has been sweltering in the mountains this weekend. 90 degrees in the shade on my porch at two this afternoon. The animals have abandoned the porch and are down on the ground level, having dug themselves little holes in the dirt to rest in.
Since about two it's been thundering, with low clouds and some short sprinkles of rain. Tomorrow we're supposed to get big storms passing through. I went out and did all the normal pre-storm routine. It was miserable in the heat and humidity but it has to be done to limit potential damage.
The up slope water diversion ditches have to be cleaned out. When it rains hard here, the water comes rushing down off the mountain and I have to keep it away from the buildings.
I've also gone ahead and disconnected some of the external antenna out there on poles.
Tomorrow morning I'll unhook the satellite television receiver from the antenna.
There's a whole checklist I have to go through, but the hard part is done. The rest is just unplugging equipment and antennas when the storm actually approaches.
I did make a run into town today. I found one box of 16 gauge number 6 shot. I always buy that when I find some.
I've got a Browning A5 in sixteen gauge. It was my aunts. I inherited it when she passed on. Ammo for that shotgun is very hard to find up here, so I never pass up a chance to pick up a box if I find one.
Talked to the kids on the phone today. They will be here the 15th and staying for two weeks. They are bringing Iggy the Iguana (four feet long from nose to tail), Conkers the Squirrel, and the new German Shepard pup. I am moving the ferrets into the downstairs, as I don't trust any dog around them.
Iggy will have to live on the main level. The cats will just have to stay out of his way.
Iggy is said to be mellow unless someone gets his "sunning spot." I am building him a "sunning spot" on the window sill in my daughter's room. It faces east and he can sun in the morning. If he gets annoyed he is capable of giving the source of his aggravationa serious bite, so I am going to avoid Iggy. He's not my kind of companion.
That's about it. The weekend flew past, I don't know where the time went.