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Friday Cat Blogging


Friday Cat Blogging

Hot enough for you?

[Editor: CC finds some shade under an ornamental palm during another triple-digit afternoon. {That’s not actually a palm, but a Cycas revoluta.}]

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1 Steve Bates { 06.03.11 at 8:07 am }

Beautiful cat.

“Palms” (or whatever) are not native to Houston, but sometime in the past, someone discovered they will survive here, and we have quite a few. And yes, it’s hot enough for me; we touched 100°F yesterday.

2 jams o donnell { 06.03.11 at 8:11 am }

Rather too hot to bask even for a hardy cat? I’m glad we don’t get that level of heat here.. I think Ted, Boris, Robyn and Bebe are glad too!

3 Rook { 06.03.11 at 10:02 am }

“Cycas revoluta” Is that a fancy, elitist’s word for prehistoric fern?

4 Bryan { 06.03.11 at 12:08 pm }

Steve, we actually have sawtooth and scrub palmettos which are true palms with useful products. A large scrub palmetto by the pump house has been in several pictures, and they can get big. Despite that, people have hauled in these foreign invaders and planted them, so they can fall over in tropical storms.

Yes, Jams, your crew are too thick coated for the temperatures we have around here. Fortunately we have trees, and I have a water dish to collect the condensation that drips off the air conditioner which is not only wet, but cool.

Rook, the “revoluta” describes what happens to your gastro-intestinal tract if you happen to ingest any part of this Japanese import. I keep telling the yard guy that it and the oleanders should be gone, and you have to wear gloves if you mess with either one. A lot of people refer to it as a sago palm, but that is not only wrong, but dangerous. A real sago palm is a primary food crop in areas where they are natural.

5 Badtux { 06.03.11 at 3:27 pm }

It was 70F here yesterday and is 66F at the moment. But before you get all envious, it’s because we’re having unseasonably late rainy weather (!!!). As in, doesn’t the weather know that we live in a desert with Mediterranean climate where we have a wet season and a dry season, and this is supposed to be the dry season?!

– Badtux the Damp Penguin

PS: one of your neighbors is in the news. Am I seeing things, or does “sovereign citizen” translate to the same thing as “psychotic tweaker”?

6 Bryan { 06.03.11 at 7:24 pm }

I think we can all agree Badtux that the old norms no longer exist.

7 cookiejill { 06.03.11 at 10:53 pm }

What a colorful cutie.

Here in the land of Wildfire Food, our temperature is all over the place. Hot then HOT + WINDY then Freezing + WINDY now just plain muggy with rain on the way.

At this point, we just pray for no big fires or really torrential rain storms and are satisfied if the day’s weather falls somewhere in between. However, the wind has been gusts up to 70mph. Fierce. Not “good times” for allergy sufferers.

8 Bryan { 06.03.11 at 11:11 pm }

Yeah, the pollen doesn’t ever stop now. It should have been over weeks ago, but it started early, and continues.

This evening we has some thunderstorms come through, which is normal at this time of year, but … they came from the Northeast. Our weather doesn’t come from the Northeast – it goes to the Northeast. I don’t look inland for storms, they are supposed to come ashore from the Gulf, especially in the afternoon and evening when we are supposed to have the onshore flow.

9 Steve Bates { 06.04.11 at 9:03 am }

I would be grateful if one of you would send some of those thunderstorms here. I have principles against watering a lawn, but this week, after perhaps three dry weeks in a row, at my landlord’s request, I persuaded the lawn guy to water ours. We had hopes that Invest 93 would bring us some rain, but it didn’t come here. How often is it that I actually wish we had gotten tropical weather, however mild it was…

10 Bryan { 06.04.11 at 1:50 pm }

We had rain that wouldn’t stop for months, then the jet stream shifted an all of the moisture got sucked to the North for the storms that produced the floods and tornadoes.

Last night we got a sound and light show with a trace of rain.

I think the Rio Grande/Bravo valley is probably in bigger trouble than Houston, and a tropical storm from the Gulf of California wouldn’t be regretted by West Texas.

Invest 93 did help to reduce the fires in the Okefenokee Swamp, but it didn’t put them out.

There’s a system developing in the Caribbean, Invest 94, but there is still a high pressure ridge that is keeping things from coming to the North coast of the Gulf.

11 oldwhitelady { 06.04.11 at 3:34 pm }

What a gorgeous calico! Is CC feral, too?
It’s darned hot, here. We had rain and more rain, and now we get the hot dry spell. I don’t know if i prefer it to rain or be hot. Luckily, I got the AC fixed in the car, first thing, this spring.

12 Bryan { 06.04.11 at 4:55 pm }

CC was hand-raised by my Mother, and lives with my neighbor. She is strange [she likes to take showers], but she isn’t feral.

Yeah, when the heat follows the rains, the humidity shoots to the sky, and the air doesn’t move.

You can live here without air conditioning, but you don’t want to.

13 Badtux { 06.06.11 at 2:03 am }

You can live here without air conditioning, but you don’t want to.

Heh. Yeah, I didn’t have air conditioning until I was a teenager, and after that thought it was the best thing since indoor plumbing. Life with an attic fan and open windows was miserable. Especially on those hot muggy nights where it never got below 80F, you can’t friggin’ *sleep* when it’s so hot, even with air moving across you as rapidly as the fan at the foot of the bed can shove it your way. I once traded a car in because the air conditioning broke down and two days driving in 100 degree weather with 100% humidity convinced me that while it was survivable, I didn’t *want* to survive it… given that I’d bought that particular car for $850, and the cost of fixing the air conditioner would have been twice that, it was a no-brainer :).

14 Bryan { 06.06.11 at 11:20 am }

I grew up down here without air conditioning, but we were a short run down the hill to the bayou and the hill was covered with old live oaks and magnolias, so it wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t do it today.

Oh, yes, I remember those nights, especially after hurricanes when the power is out. I would burn some gas when it got really bad and go out to the car and start it up to charge the laptop, cell phone, and rest in the air conditioning.