I've just realized I can't remember the last time it rained. Please remind me of that feeling in the middle of February, when it hasn't stopped raining for five months. These short but intensely dry summers are what make the wet, gray winters worth it.
There are at least a few advantages to the heat. It's an ideal time to wash all of our quilts and comforters, which would normally take ages to dry out. Many of them have been upstairs collecting dust for several months, so we'll get them all cleaned and sun-bleached, and then put them away in garbage bags until fall. We just use one light one in the summer, but these last few nights have been too warm for more than a sheet.
The other advantage of this heat is that the peppers are getting extra spicy, and all the Aci Sivris (a cayenne-like variety from Turkey) are going red. I already canned a couple pints of pickled peppers, but we'll be able to do a few more, and pretty soon I'll be stringing ristras to dry out the Acis. The sweet Giant Marconis are setting an entire new batch of fruit, so we'll be have plenty of those for eating fresh as well as roasting and freezing.
Aci Sivri, Hungarian Wax, Jalapeno, and Serrano.
The heat is supposed to let up a bit in the next couple days, but for now I hope you all are keeping cool, wherever you are!