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Dictionaries define doldrums as "a period of inactivity or stagnation". That seems to sum up our last few weeks. Not much has been going on. Oregon weather turned hot and dry early this year. Monday was the first full day of summer and we've officially had the driest June on record. We've had more than a few days with temperatures in the 90's (32˚C). This coming weekend our weather is forecast to be 100˚F (37.7˚C). 20 of our 36 counties on Oregon have now declared drought emergencies. Read about it at this LINK. And now they have issued an "excessive heat warning" for this weekend. Highs in Medford (Southern Oregon) set to reach 108˚ (42.2˚C). Read about it HERE.
It has been three weeks since I've posted and for that I apologize.
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Not much moto-related to report. Hubby was nice and changed the oil in Max last weekend and cleaned/lubed the chain. I am so
lucky spoiled. Now I just need to give the bike a bath. We've managed one or two bicycle rides but no fun trails or pictures. It is allergy season here in the Willamette Valley. While Troubadour does not suffer from seasonal allergies they are a trial for me this time of year. Sneezing in my full face helmet is not fun. Another few weeks and they will be over when they cut down the grass fields. The very high/extreme level for grass pollen in the air is 200. Last week we were over three times that amount. What is higher than extreme? Here is a LINK to a local news channel with a story on how Oregon is the worst state in the USA for allergies. At least it has dropped to the high level now.
One thing that has kept us amused, yet frustrated us at the same time, is the family of gray foxes that have decided to live under our back deck. Momma fox, daddy fox and three little pups.
They are pretty bold and have even approached the patio door. While we'd been leaving the patio door open for basil to come in and out, we now have to make sure to leave it closed or else one of the rambunctious pups would come inside exploring. Here are a few pictures.
|(Fox pups on the deck)|
|(They are so cute)|
|(Notice the pups destroying the hydrangea in the shrub bed)|
|(They are into everything)|
|(And yes, they can climb trees)|
|(Did I mention they were into everything?)|
|(Momma fox relaxing in the shade)|
|(Basil cat is not amused)|
|(Basil and the fox)|
Troubadour was teaching Team Oregon last weekend and teaches again this weekend. He'll be sure to drink lots of water standing on hot asphalt all day in 100 degree temps. At least he won't be on a bike with a helmet on like the students. The following weekend is our July 4th Independence Day long weekend. While we'd love to be out on the bikes, we try to avoid highways during holidays since it seems to be a big weekend for drinking and driving and a lot of yahoos are on the roads too. Hopefully we can get in a short gravel ride as long as we are back to protect Basil from the big bad fireworks on the 4th. We usually have to turn a movie up pretty loud to drown them out while he hides in the closet or under the bed. Poor kitty.
Hope everyone else is getting out and riding lots.
- Au Revoir
"One's life must seem extremely flat, with nothing whatsoever to grumble at." - Anthony J. d'Angelo, The College Blue Book