300: Hot and steamy

Hot air balloon landing near the pond. Taken with a steamed up lens.

If you’re looking for an exciting, exotic, erotic, hot blog post, this is not it.  (I do have a dragonfly photo that might qualify, but won’t be posting it today.  I caught ’em in the act, so to speak.)  The title refers to the weather we’re currently experiencing.  It’s only about 90 degrees today.  Tomorrow we’re under an excessive heat advisory.  Personally, I find the heat to be excessive today.  Tomorrow I’ll probably think this was cool in comparison.

Super chiles

Things are looking pretty hot in the garden, too.  The chilies are apparently loving this hot weather, especially the “Super Chiles.”  They are some sort of hybrid cayenne pepper, said to be good in fresh salsas.  Hopefully they will be red and ready about the same time as the tomatoes.

Everything looks pretty good out there.  The rain helped.  A lot.  The plants and veggies have all perked up and look happy.  If the tomatoes had faces, they’d be smiling.

Kinda' like this.

Swiss chard

I meant to pick the Swiss chard and the lettuces while I was out there today, but I took a walk first and felt too hot to head back up to the garden.  I’ll go back out again later when the sun isn’t hitting us full force.

Bell peppers

It’s getting too hot for the lettuces (which will likely bolt soon) and the Swiss chard.  Best to pick them now before they turn bitter and old.  (There might be a life lesson of some kind in that statement.)  We’ll plant more sometime around mid- or late August.

Corn tassel

Did you notice the number on today’s post?  300.  It’s hard to believe I am 300 days into my one-year commitment to get outside every day.  Only 65 more days to go.  I should think about what I want to do to celebrate the occasion when I get there.  I can tell you now that it won’t be the end of my daily outdoor adventures.  I plan to continue on but without the commitment to blog about it every day.  That way I won’t be boring everyone silly with posts like this which are essentially about nothing at all.  I’ve run out of blogging ideas.

Today's view of the pond

The house here at Breezy Acres will be temporarily turning into a Bed & Breakfast beginning this weekend.  We have guests coming and going for the next two weeks.  I’ll be keeping busy changing sheets on the beds, cleaning, and hanging out with family and/or friends.

Dragonfly with minimal post-processing (resized and shapened a little for the internet).

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival kicks off next Thursday (July 28) with fireworks.  On Saturday and Sunday they will be holding the Balloon Classic Invitational.  We’re hoping to attend at least one of those days.  The balloons take off at 6:30am so early rising is required.  If you’ve been around the Bogs blog for a while, you may remember the hundreds of photos I took of the balloons in 2009.  You can see a few of the photos here.  There were many more to follow in subsequent blog posts.  Nobody wants a repeat of that (especially me) so I’ll try to keep the photos to a minimum this time around.

Dragonfly with a texture added in Photoshop. I don't really see much of a difference between the two. Do you?

Those are my summer plans for the next few weeks.  How about you?  Got anything happening over the next few weeks?  The summer sure is flying by quickly.  Better get out and enjoy it while you can.  🙂

(To my friends and visitors in the southern hemisphere, how’s your winter going?)

37 Comments on “300: Hot and steamy”

  1. Congrats on your 300th post! Hard to believe, huh?? Your smiling tomato is very cute! 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly. 🙂

      I checked my stats today (just for fun and giggles) and found that this post is my 1,309th post which is almost in sync with this being 300 for my year-long commitment. If only I’d started blogging 9 days later… lol!

  2. You had me on erotic, but then you went and ruined it… lol… You garden sure does look as though it’s doing well, and will keep you in fresh produce for a while… and I bet those chilli’s will be real nice too… I watched something the other day about the hottest chilli in the world that made me ask “Why !!”… lol… It’s a Dorset Naga Chilli, and apparently has a Scoville heat rating of over 1,000,000, compared to a mere 8,000 for hot jalapeno !!!… Insane dontchafink ??..

    • Robin says:

      Blogging turns one into a tease, Brian, which without follow-through, always ruins it. lol! At least you weren’t here for my feet (long story but I attracted a lot of foot fetish folks when I first started blogging and dared to post my naked feet).

      A Scoville heat rating of over 1,000,000??!! Holy smokes! Insane is too mild a word for it. What would one do with such a thing? Commit murder or suicide by hot pepper??

  3. Val says:

    Curiously, I just had olives stuffed with chillies with my dinner tonight.
    Your plants look radiant – and yes, I do believe that the tomatoes are smiling! 🙂
    Well done on reaching 300 posts. Great!

  4. tedgriffith says:

    Those chilies look wonderful, as does the rest of your garden. Congrats on making it so far in your commitment. And I certainly haven’ found your post to be boring…..looking forward to more. 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    Congratulations on a great looking garden. That’s a real accomplishment this hot summer.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karen. I’m surprised it’s doing so well. Better than some years, actually. We usually get too much rain so perhaps the garden is loving this drier summer.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Marianne says:

    Hi Robin, We’re getting the same “hot and steamy” weather here. The weather prediction is 118 with the humid-ex for tomorrow. Yuck! Oh well, at least I’m not freezing my butt off. Hopefully, we won’t have such extreme temps when winter comes (I’ll pray). Your veggies look happy. lol!

    • Robin says:

      Would you believe, Marianne, that I have been thinking of pulling out photos of the winter months just to remind myself of those days of freezing my butt off? lol! I was thinking another trip to the Blue Wall (the hike M and I took when it was -7) might cheer me up, cool me off, or remind me that it’s nice to be warm occasionally.

  7. Wow, your veggies look amazing! And I love the face on the tomato! Stay cool–it’s infernal here, as well!

    • Robin says:

      Probably worse there, Kathy. You’re a bit further south. The Weather Powers That Be keep predicting a slight cool down but they also keep putting it off another day. It was supposed to be Friday. Then Saturday. Now it’s Sunday or Monday. I guess I’ll just have to hang out in the shade when I’m outside.

  8. bearyweather says:

    Great “hot” picture to start out this post. It has been too hot for me to venture out to look for my “hot” shot for this weeks challenge … but, I love yours.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Bearyweather! You probably didn’t mean it to be funny, but I chuckled when I read it was too hot to venture out to look for a ‘hot’ shot. Reminds me of when my oldest son was little and announced one hot summer day that he didn’t want to go for ice cream because it was too hot to eat ice cream. I found myself saying the same thing yesterday, realizing he had a good point (the ice cream melts faster than one can eat it!).

      • bearyweather says:

        Your smiley tomato made me smile, so I am glad I made you smile, too.

        The heat had me feeling pretty miserable. Looking out my window when it was 100º and looking out it when it was 70º I did not see a noticeable difference … except that everything was very still in the heat (except for the biting flies, they seem to love it) and very wet in the morning. Nothing worth going out into the heat for that would show “heat” in a picture.

        Ice cream on a hot day is best in a bowl :0)

  9. cwithnueyes says:

    Again it is nice to see heat in some part of the universe! I still think your balloon is rather steamy & exotic enough to get me looking. 😉

  10. eof737 says:

    Congrats on #300 and yes it is hot, hot, hot! Love the selection of photos… The smiling tomato got me. 😆

  11. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    that hot air balloon photo is sensational

  12. ladyfi says:

    Oh, I feel the heat! Wonderful dragonfly shots -and that balloon one is stupendous!

  13. Kathy says:

    Ha ha, face on the tomato! Love it! Love the steamy feel of that balloon shot. Not the steamy feel of these last couple of days, though…wishing things cool off down there for you in the Ohio Bogs. It’s suppose to cool down a “tad” here to the 80’s for the next day or so.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 😀

      I think 80s will feel wonderful in comparison to this, especially if the humidity drops with the temperature. It’s getting downright oppressive out there.

  14. Karma says:

    Summer is flying for sure! We are under the same heat advisory here, and things in my garden look about the same – except for that smiling tomato, LOL! Congrats on the 300! Woohoo.

    As far as upcoming summer plans, here’s something different: I am going to a food-blogger get together in Pennsylvania next weekend with my sister (she’s the food blogger, I’m kind of tagging along). Should make for an interesting blog post or two.

    • Robin says:

      I can remedy that for you, Karma. Send me a tomato and I’ll make it smile for you. lol! I was just thinking that the smiling tomato looks a lot like that Kool Aid guy.

      Your food-blogging outing sounds like lots of fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. 🙂

  15. penpusherpen says:

    We’ve had so much rain this British Summer, Robin that I’m officially calling it done and dusted. 😀 … not a suntan in sight, it’s just rust. and my roof’s still leaking. (I’ve accepted a quote and will be letting you know when you can commence rain dancing again, as a test for the new bit of roof. 😉 ) … um? is it natural to have webs growing in between your fingers? … mayhap I could swim now… ‘cos I couldn’t pre-webbing. !! … happy celebrating next week. I’ve always wanted to go ballooning, looks such a peaceful and stately way to travel. xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I felt that way during the spring months, Pen. I thought for sure we’d all turn into ducks or some other water creature. Sorry about the roof. I’ll hold off on the rain dance for a little while. But we have gone back to watering the garden (which shouldn’t trouble your roof at all). 🙂

  16. carlaat says:

    Never boring. Congrats on 300 posts! That’s some heavy looking air in the first photo – a wonder that the balloon could go up in it!

  17. elmediat says:

    Excellent shots. Congratulations on reaching post 300. North Ontario is sharing your weather. We are hitting 88-91 degrees. To the North West the dry lightning has triggered over 100 forest .fires.

  18. Your garden looks delicious!

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