Thursday, September 30, 2010
Now I know why television series go into summer hiatus and schools take summer breaks. It isn't for a vacation. It's because the brain goes numb in heat. There are no original thoughts and information isn't processed well. Animals may hibernate in winter, but they go dormant in rising temperatures. Bess and the cats sleep all day. Poppy and the girls lie quietly in the shade, browsing only in the early morning and late afternoon. Even the chickens are silent and still in the daytime. Egg production has dropped...even that takes too much effort. The air is tangibly heavy; you can feel it press on your skin. Nights are getting longer now, probably Nature's way of giving the earth more time to cool off. The calendar says it's fall, but summer still clings and shouts.