Back home again, and abruptly back to normal. Took the dogs out for a walk at 3 am under a very bright half-moon (could see colors all over the yard). Despite the bright moon, I could see that the Pleiades were well up in the eastern sky, and a bright star (Aldeberan, I think) near by. That means my summer friend Orion must be visible now, but he was completely washed out by the moon...
The dogs were their usual selves. Race was all about the pine cones, and the three brown dogs were all about the smells. There was enough light for me to make out things moving all over the yard – rabbits, I'm pretty sure. The dogs never noticed them, though that may well be what the brown dogs were smelling...
Sure is nice to be home!
The Cincinnati area was incredibly hot, 116°F on the heat index and 103°F on the thermometer. The relative humidity was 100%, and felt like it – the air seemed to have substance, to require real work to push through. Every time I emerged into the outdoors from an air-conditioned space, I gasped with the shock of it.
When I got home, it was 54°F and 3% relative humidity. What a relief!
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