So, I was just mentioning that we weren't having frost in the mornings anymore. Well, no, no frost WHAT SO EVER. Today it was just shy of 80 degrees. It has ranged from high 70's to almost 90 one day!
Husband decided that we needed to get our Water Buffalo ready.
We live in a rural area, and while we aren't really far from the fire department, we figure that any thing we can do to help put out stuff while waiting is a good thing. So we have said buffalo, which is a water tank (I think Husband said 1000 gallons), with a pump and some hundred feet of fire hose. So, when some dingus decides to pitch a burning cigarette butt out the window, we have something to flush the resultant fire with. Thankfully, it's not happened at our house, but it has happened nearby more than once.
I am also reading up on a booklet I received from the Forest Service on fire resistant plants. They have them marked as to sun needs, whether they attract bees/birds... And if they are deer resistant.
I like deer resistant!
We have been thinking seriously of planting along the front and keeping it well watered, as well as cleaning out the ditch between the road and our house, (which will have to wait, Husband has a backhoe, but one of the hoses broke. I realize I am anthropomorphizing, but Husband tied the one ped to the scoop, it looks like a big wounded dinosaur!), so that if someone should start a fire, it won't spread quickly... And it looks like a long fire season, if the dirt drying out is any indication.
In other news, I will soon have Husband's Dad and Step-Mom here, they were in Eastern Oregon, but due to medical issues, couldn't stay there. I am not sure how this might go in the future, but Husband is happy his dad will be close by. I am not happy, or unhappy. I guess I am just waiting to see what happens. I like my in-laws, but they have very, VERY different ideas about things than I do. So. We go from there.
(I have a standing joke that if all else fails, I can do a LOT more volunteer work!)