But this respite -- and my response to it -- encourages my hope that my energy and spirits will rise when the temperatures finally drop. On Saturday afternoon, I spent more time on my back porch than I had over the past two months.
And more enjoyable time, too. I must've spent an hour watching a deer with a full set of antlers feeding on my Joe Pye Weed foliage, drinking from the waterfall in my pond, and settling down on the path in the back of the yard for a siesta.
As you'll see, my photography won't win any prizes. Fortunately, the finger I had over my iPhone's lens didn't completely ruin this shot of the deer emerging to drink from the waterfall.
Throughout this encounter, I wished I'd learned how to capture close-ups.
I got off my back porch rocking chair and out into the yard to see how close I could get to the resting deer.
He finally decided I was getting a bit too close.
Back on the porch, I had something even more enjoyable to watch: Nevah, relishing the rare chance to spend some time outdoors.
Now if I can just get through the coming week's heatwave....