Well today it finally cooled off after the thunderstorm we had this morning. Yesterday it got up to 98 degrees in the swamp! We don't have air conditioning, so had to rely on our fans to keep us from sweating. Now the mosquitoes will probably be hatching after the rain. I heard some bullfrogs singing this morning, so at least they are happy it rained. We were going to mow the lawn today, but too wet right now to do that. They are predicting more thunderstorms for today. Swamprat is busy working inside our boat in the garage. He was supposed to go fishing on Lake Superior this morning, but the storm put a stop to that! It's now in the 70's outside and it feels good now that it's cooled off.
We have a nice young buck that comes in the yard now. He eats the small apples under the trees in the mornings. Hope he doesn't take a liking to my maple trees? They have grown double their size and are looking healthy right now. My cherry orchard is doing well also for year two. I expect to get cherries next year on them. I did get blossoms but the cherries were very tiny this year. We didn't plant a garden, but we put some lettuce, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and peppers in my "EZ-GRO" planters. They are growing nicely! These would be great for people that live in the city with little space. I want to upgrade to the self-watering one they have out now. It has a timer on it for watering and a reservoir.
The ponds have all sorts of wildlife near their banks now. I see alot of cranes, ducks, eagles, and deer there. We sold our four-wheeler and are buying a "Rhino" that seats two people side by side; so we can both ride. It also goes through rougher terrain than the one we had. With all the many trails we have in the woods it will be a nice addition. Next month we are going to our brother-in-law's fishing tournament on the bay. I have to make a dish to bring to it, as there is a dinner after the tournament. Hope the weather is good to us on that day. Well the sun is trying to shine in between all the clouds. We might get some more rain today also? I am making spaghetti for lunch today and ribs for supper tonight. Yesterday we ate bratwurst made at our local meat company called "Vollwerths" here.
Later today, we are going to ride out to our hunting camp. This year was the big remodel of it. We put on a porch and more windows with screens. We have been using it in the summers lately. It seems whenever someone comes up here they want to stay there free of charge; instead of getting a motel like we have to do when we visit them? Seems Swamprat is always being taken of advantage of by these city folk, but I love him for that. Someday, I hope they will give us the opportunity to stay free at their homes? haha Dream on.... We really don't like to go to the cities anyway and that's probably why they come here? Smile...
Hunting season starts on November 15th and already we are getting e-mailed with reservations for the camp as early as November 10th! It gets earlier and earlier every year. I am off opening day this year and the first weekend of hunting. I hope Swamprat can get his buck THIS year? We didn't have any venison in the freezer for winter and it got expensive buying meat all of the time. You would think his brother would have given us some of his deer? No, he had it made into sausage and shipped it to Arizona. Nice!! So, what goes around comes around... He will go back empty-handed one of these times...No, Swamprat would probably give him some his deer? That's the difference between US and THEM.
I have started collecting Stephen King hardcover books. I want to put them on my bookshelves that Swamprat is supposed to build for me. They are also nice coffee table books. You see, one of my jobs at work is hauling books for our recycling program. So, I can get just about anything I want. You would be amazed at the books people throw out! It's a shame to throw the classics away. I never throw a book away unless it's unreadable. I think of writing as a gift from God and you should never throw that away. You have to have talent to write a good book, poem, novel, or anything else. Reading is relaxing for me....