Thankfully, the weather has finally cooled down. My air conditioner was still running this morning as I was getting ready for work, but by the time we got home, I was able to open up the windows and let the nice cool westerly breeze into the stuffy house. We had some heavy rains again overnight and this morning.
But I believe (hope) this weather system is now moving in an easterly direction so relief may be only a day or two away for those of you still sweltering on the east coast.
I tried a new preserve yesterday: apple butter (made with apples from the trees in my backyard). It didn't make a huge amount of jam--next time I'll throw a few more apples into the pot.
It's quite tasty (even without some toast to spread it on).
Oops, where did it go?? Well, it would be kind of gross to scoop it out of the jar and then put it back in, don't you think?
The cooler weather has brought a few more birds back to the feeders. Here's a somewhat shabby looking juvenile cardinal growing into his adult plumage and having to share the feeder with the Houses -- finch and sparrow.
In closing, I just wanted to say that I've been having a heck of a time with Blogger letting me add the pictures to my posts lately. Have any of you been encountering this also? I wonder if it's just a busy time when other people are posting also? I'll have to experiment with trying to get my posts in earlier and see if it makes any difference.