Why, Yes, It IS Hot

The weather app says it’s hot.

After a period of vaguely okay weather, with some rainy days and nice things like that, it is now extra-July here in the middle of Texas.

Combine that heat with all that Saharan dust, and people are staying indoors in droves. In fact, if I had a Gratitude Journal, my only entry this week would say, “Air Conditioning!” I’ve been dealing with most annoying asthma symptoms all week.

Be careful out there.

Mandi was trying to paint the inside of the house she’s remodeling this week, but it doesn’t have air conditioning yet. She now has heat exhaustion.

I’m being careful and plan to feed horses and chickens at sunset, and will probably drive over there rather than walk.

What about the animals?

It’s also hot for all the domesticated animals at the ranch. The cattle spend a good part of the day wading in the tanks/ponds. Then they graze, then they chew their cuds in the shade of the trees in the pastures. That’s why we are glad for our woods and the savannah-like trees where the bulk of the cattle are.

horse shade
Thanks for the shade. We’d also like a treat.

The horses go into their woods when they are in the wooded pasture. Earlier in the week, they had to go in the small pasture near the tack room, so we left the gate open so they had a choice of shelters to go in. They’d probably wade in a pond if they had one.

The chickens are lucky enough to be housed under a very large tree, and they have shelter in their coop. We also replenish their water every day.

cat door
Convenient cat access. Note cat tail in photo.

The cats all go hang out under their respective houses, where it is amazingly cool. I guess that’s a benefit of pier and beam construction. When Shadow (office cat) comes to say hi, no matter how hot it is, she feels great. And Joe (Rattlesnake house guardian) is even luckier. For the past few months there has been a hole in the bathroom floor he can enter and exit through, so he’s had house access. Don’t worry, he will have a dog/cat door once the bathroom is finished.

Our dogs go swimming often, and they take advantage of a water trough we have behind the house and a kiddie pool we have in the front. That seems to help. But the big dog, who generally loves being outside, has taken to running inside to sleep. His favorite thing about our house is the air conditioning! If he can’t do that, he digs until he finds cool dirt to lie in.

dog cooling
Carlton the puppy demonstrates a big, cool hole in the sand dug by Alfred (the white one on the porch).

If you aren’t lucky enough to be vacationing in Canada, the Pacific Northwest, or Colorado (I know people traveling in all these places right now, grr), be sure to drink a lot of water, stay inside as much as possible, and make sure your animals are safe.


Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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