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So Cal's notorious June Gloom hung around for an extra coupla weeks this year but summer has arrived with a vengeance. We're easing into triple digits this afternoon with about 25% humidity and there are billowy, monsoon-lookin' cumulonimbus clouds off over the desert toward Arizona. The cats and The Boy escaped the heat of the day by moving indoors.
Kramer, who careens into a room exactly like his namesake, lounges with The Boy
We should be well into June Gloom by now, instead we've had a run of spectacular weather here at the Casa. Chilly. Breezy. Late rain. We had smoke swirling up the chimney and kids plunked on the couch with books last Saturday. May as well have been January.
Late in the day we had a bit of excitement when when the fire hit a pocket of oil trapped in a fat Eucalyptus log and the whole thing exploded out onto the hearth and floor. Dude, it was hotter than a three dollar pistola. Just being close enough to scoop up the coals nearly set my skin afire. Best argument for tile over carpet or hardwood that I can think of.
For the record, you really don't want to plant Eucalyptus anywhere near your house. Not where firestorms lurk, anyway. Like planting kerosene soaked matchsticks. Guess that's not a problem anywhere but the Great Southwest.
This fire is burning toward El Cerrito and South Corona out in the hills near the old tin mine about six miles west of the Casa.
This is godforsaken territory and much of it is part of a nature set aside. It gets little rain and has been blackened by wildfires so often that the terrain has morphed from coastal scrub to grassland, green in the winter, golden brown from here to Christmas.
TWC was looking for a nice shot of Lavender in full spring bloom. Lavender is the smell-good ingredient in those miniature satiny striped pillows that girls put in their unmentionable drawers. Hmm. I mean, in the drawers where the unmentionables are? Hmm, that ain't workin' neither, but I guess you catch my drift. Pretty sure they're called sachets.
The bee was cool and a teensy spider distracted me with an odd game of hide-and-seek while riding the bloom in the wind like John Travolta on a mechanical bull.
Then I spotted this guy down in the blooms in the interior of the Lavender.
I have no idea what it is or what it does. Hope it's eating things that eat my garden.