Sunday, May 21

Ditto Ditto It's Really Summer Morning Coffee Muses

Ditto Ditto It’s Really Summer Morning Coffee Muses

This one’s for you Nigel… The temperature is 84°, humidity is 89%, heat index is a mildly obscene 99°. Just for the sake of my British brother-in-law we’ll call it unpleasantly warm and a moisturizing treatment for your skin.

Last year I discovered when we toured Carlsbad Caverns, that humidity is the bane to my existence. The caverns are a constant 57° but the humidity is a constant 90+%. You would think that the temperature difference from the outside 109° would been heaven, but within minutes the workout of hauling my body up and down stairs and sloped trails had me starting to sweat… And once started it never dries. The air is saturated, it can’t take up any moisture, there is no way to wick the body’s 96° working temperature away.

Maybe that’s the attraction of desert climates to some people. I just can’t get past the hundred degree daily bake…

Looking at the weather map, I see that the cool front did what most do this time of year and pulled up short on it’s way to the coast.

It’s getting late and I have to go fix brunch…

Saturday, May 20

Just Another Hot Humid Texas Coastal Morning Coffee Muses

Just Another Hot Humid Texas Coastal Morning Coffee Muses

The weather underground is telling me that with my reported temperature of 83° and with the humidity reading of 69% my feels like temp is 91°… And did I mention, it’s 8:00 am?

The past few mornings the clouds have been hauling their moisture laden selves north at a rapid rate, today not so much. They are more thunderstormy, but just drifting north… slowly. The rain itself is just north of Huntsville running all the way up to Fargo, North Dakota. That’s one heck of a rainstorm.

Ok, I gave up the porch and the humidity. Right now the heat index is at 98° and headed who knows where. Back at the desk where I am wondering what is going on today. I had to force a reboot on the kindle this morning, then I had to force a restart on the laptop.

Looking out the front window I see the resident Red-bellied Woodpecker tearing into the woodpecker seed block. A lot like this one from All About Birds website…

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Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker Adult male Red patch on belly (often concealed by surrounding feathers) © Lisa Barker

We must be having a Cardinal population explosion. Every year we have a few more calling this yard home. I have to wonder if it’s the generations coming back to their nestling home because while they appear territorial, they are not as aggressive at chasing each other as I would expect.

Seems the research shows they don’t travel far…

Fidelity To Breeding Site And Winter Home Range

Adults of both sexes usually occupy breeding territories with same or very similar boundaries from year to year, although individuals of both sexes may shift between nonoverlapping territories in successive years ( Laskey 1944b , Kinser 1973 , Merritt 1975 , SLH and SUL). In 1 s. Ontario study, yearlings were more likely to move after first breeding season than were older birds ( Smith 1969c ): Among 13 males found in the 2 summers after they had hatched, 8 kept same territory, 4 moved to adjacent territories, and 1 moved 1.6 km. Among 7 females, 4 kept same territory, 1 moved to adjacent territory, and 2 moved “over 400 m.”

Cardinals may remain on breeding territories year-round, or they may wander over larger area in winter, presumably if food or shelter in breeding territory is inadequate ( Laskey 1944b ). At winter feeding stations, both regular visitors and new individuals continue to appear throughout winter, and banded individuals may disappear and then return later during same or the following winter ( Laskey 1944b , Hundley 1953 ).

Source: Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis; Birds of North America (BNA)The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Ok, I’ve killed enough of the morning and my wife is hinting about breakfast…

Friday, May 19

Just Another Hot And Humid Spring Morning Coffee Muses

Just Another Hot And Humid Spring Morning Coffee Muses

First thing first, Happy Birthday to my sister Sandy. I hope the day treats you to something nice… but, keep an eye on the weather…it’s looking a bit nasty to your west.

And speaking of the weather… ok summer, it’s not your time yet. When I get up in the morning and stumble into the bathroom the first thing I look toward is the outside temperature reading on the clock on the counter. And believe me, seeing it reads 78° at 7:30, I’m not looking forward to the day ahead… so stepping out on the back porch sauna after a shower just seems backwards.

And sitting here watching all of the moisture blowing north towards the storms in north Texas, I just can’t help but feel sorry for the folks living up there. If the rain holds off here, I may get the chance to ride the Deere today.

On the news yesterday I watched some poor Republican Congressman complaining about how everyone who interviewed him only wanted to ask about the White House and the President. No one it seems wants to hear his views on tax reform, healthcare, or any of the numerous conservative agenda items he wanted to talk about. All anybody wanted to talk about was Trump, the Russians, Comey and the Special Counsel… Poor baby. You know what my grandpa used to say… you gotta dance with the one  brung to the party.

Enough of this mugginess… even the ceiling fans can’t keep the summer back… I’m headed inside where spring still prevails… later

Thursday, May 18

Hot and Muggy Morning Coffee Muses

Hot and Muggy Morning Coffee Muses

I was late getting out today. I had to run the grandkids to school, so it was almost the end of my normal muse hour before I stepped out onto the back porch. And all i can say about that is ouch… Hot and muggy almost isn’t strong enough. It was already above 80° on it’s way above 90°, or so the prognosticators are foretelling. Even the breeze and the ceiling fans couldn’t make the rocking chair comfortable. Needless to say I’m typing these words at my desk. It looks like summer is here.

I’ve been noticing the last few days that a few cattle egrets are hanging around the front porch. It seems they are attracted to the white plastic flamingo in the flower bed. I don’t think they understand a bird that never moves, but, they keep checking it out.

The forecasted lows for the next week are in the upper 70’s, followed by a couple of days of upper 60’s. Highs will hover around 90 each day, which means at my place at least they’ll pass ninety as often as not.

In other news I see the Justice Department has finally appointed a special counsel to look into everything Trump and Russia. And in an unexpected turn of events President Trump kept quiet and didn’t start a tweetstorm… Not! You know President Trump might have had a chance to run out his term and get some of the things done had he only maned up and acted Presidential,,, Oh that’s right… Donald Trump. Here’s hoping Robert Mueller is able to follow the money and everything else  back to it’s source. Now, if only the great investigators in the House (who’ve had so much practice investigating Hillary) can just grow a pair, maybe they can get us a look at his tax returns… Maybe the tapes Trump was threatening Comey with might turn up too.

Check the countdown on the right and get ready to vote all these characters out…

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders