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Just hot everywhere

I'm guessing everyone was suffering from the heat over the weekend. It
actually cooled down just a little for us - from 105/110 during the week to
only about 98 yesterday. However the decrease in temperature was due to some
rare thunderstorm activity so the humidity went way up. This did not help.
I'm frantically trying to get all my garden produce put up and my fair
entries completed, so I spent Saturday making jelly and Sunday canning
tomato stuff (chili sauce & salsa); this did not help me cool off either.
Still piled in the fridge are about 20 pounds of cucumbers. I'm serious this
time, I am not going to go overboard planting veggies next year. (repeat
this to self several times a day starting next November)
Anyway the thunderstorms were an interesting break in our usual "clear sunny
and hot, southwesterly winds in the afternoon" forecast. The power went off
and back on several times. Water fell from the sky - okay, just enough to
make spots in the dust, but it did happen. 
Friday I took the day off and went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Yep
it was hot there too. So hot we almost had the place to ourselves, and
that's not so bad. A grouping of huge crepe myrtles was in full flower, very
impressive, and some of the Australian trees were also flowering along with
a lot of the perennials and vines they have. Maybe it was the humidity but
the eucalyptus scent was almost overpowering, and when we walked by the
honeysuckle - wow.  We followed it up with a visit to the California Cactus
Center, where I sighed over all the exotic succulents I can't grow. A nice


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