The road ends, but the journey continues...

Late June, Early July: Hello!

Yep, I’m still here!

So, it’s been another ‘Colorado Day’. Meaning: a non-swampy South Carolina type of day. Sunshiny lower humidity with high temps…reminiscent of the Mile High weather I’m accustomed to. Inviting me to indulge in a modicum of activity like taking a walk around the block unencumbered by the normally oppressive atmospheric humidity.

It’s been this way since early Springtime.

Nice. However, to be fair, 39% humidity is considered thick humidity in the Colorado high country – but here? Sweet bliss.

The entire country is broiling and truth be told, our respite from high humidity is a concern.

We’ve had the occasional soaker rains. Which I so enjoy – as do the frogs!


But for the most part, the swamps are pining for the soupy wet summer days of old.

The summer, she is yet young.

Perhaps tomorrow?

Tadpoles by the side of the road after the rains


  1. zippyquilts

    Tadpoles need to grow up fast!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep! It’s a tough world out there!

  2. Marty

    Humidity indeed! I walked out of the cold grocery store this morning and immediately my glasses steamed up and stayed that way for a good ten minutes. No amount of wiping was going to clear them until they acclimated on their own sweet time. I agree it does feel early for this to be happening. But then again, I feel the same about June and July storms now also!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Well since Elsa blew through (as a smallish tropical storm) we’re back to normal humidity levels…the kind that steam eyeglasses like you said! HA!

  3. Jennie Fitzkee

    Let’s hear it for the frogs! We still have plenty of summer to go.

    • laura bruno lilly

      And Mr Bullfrog is in fine form this evening!


    Scottsdale is boiling hot 113 but no big monsoon storms have arrived to raise humidity level. All frogs have left town, gone to Chicago;

    • laura bruno lilly

      Good to hear from you, Joe!
      Summers (and Spring and Fall for that matter) in Scottsdale are Hotter than you-know-where. I sure hope you’re staying cool – maybe under a covered patio sprayer? I always liked that ‘standard’ feature at restaurants around town…better than the huge temperature differential between outside then inside AC cranked on high.

  5. The Wheelchair Teen

    It’s very interesting hearing about the weather over there because it’s so different here. Here it’s been storming with a lot of thunder, lightning, and harsh rain. We also had some snow not so long ago in April when it was basically the same weather as now but the rain was snow and hail instead. Thanks for sharing! It’s good to hear that you’re okay ?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for visiting! We just had a great rainstorm so the frogs are happy again!

  6. Janis @

    Good to see you! We don’t get much humidity here, thank goodness, and – so far – we have had pretty mild summer temps. You made such a good point about long-term respites from an area’s “normal” weather is a cause for concern. As things heat up globally, usually colder climates may enjoy the warmer temperatures but it may spell trouble in the long run. Fun to see the tadpoles! I remember “catching” them in a jar when I was young… looking back, it probably did not bode well for their longevity.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Good to hear from you too, Janis! I think a bunch of us bloggers are taking a step back from our ‘virtual’ on-line existence while we’re able to get out and about! Who knows when the next variant of ‘lockdown’ will be necessary.
      My posting has always been a bit irregular…but lately, more so.
      Enjoy your summer!

  7. deborahbrasket

    Beautiful photos! We’re so dry here, we’d like a bit of that swampiness too.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Deborah. Today we’re reaping the rains from the Tropical Storm traveling along the coast from Florida to New York area. And the frogs are singing again in the swamp!

  8. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    I love summer…even with all the heat and humidity. So far, we are being visited by the rain gods, and it has been so good. However, due to our Governor’s failure to fix the energy grid, we are constantly getting messages to keep our thermostat between 75 or 80. Also, many areas of the city experience outages with the slightest of rain storms. We haven’t hit 100+ yet, which is unusual for July. I can only imagine what will happen when we have consecutive days over 100 in August.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I wondered how that broken grid would factor into the unfolding of Texas’ seasonal weather extremes. One would think local politicians would at the very least glom onto the idea that ‘fixing the grid’ means ‘MORE JOBS’ for their constituency and thus make them more popular etc etc. (Leave out doing it because it needs to be done and is the right thing to do!)
      It sounds like you’re bracing yourself for that slice of our ‘new normal’ way of living…And enjoying your favorite season regardless!

      • Chela's Colchas y Mas

        We need new leadership in this state. The governor and his crew are a danger and an embarrassment. I will be enjoying a summer week with my youngest grandchildren.

  9. Oh I thought at first you had moved back to Colorado and I was going to invite you over for tea! I am glad you got some Colorado type of weather. It cooled down nicely for a while here and now we are heating back up. We did have some crazy rain and it did get semi “swampy” for a day or so. The trees/flowers are gorgeous. I know you get hot humid swampy in your part of the country but you do have some beautiful foliage!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Well, Tierney, thanks for thinking of inviting me to tea! The sentiment warms my heart.

  10. Laura Kate

    Oh! Welcome back. I had been wondering when your next post would appear. I am glad you are having pleasant weather.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Laura!

  11. piecefulwendy

    We have had such an unusually hot early summer, so everything is very dry here. We did have a day of rain yesterday, so that helps, and today it is gloriously cool and in the 60s. I’m heading out shortly!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sounds delightful! Enjoy your walk(s).

  12. Ally Bean

    Yes, perhaps tomorrow. That’s my mantra at the moment while living with high humidity. Hope you get to go for many walks in July, humidity be darned.

    • laura bruno lilly

      That’s tellin’ them, Ms Bean!

  13. L. Marie

    Welcome back! Lovely photos!
    Yes it has been very humid. A friend in Washington State said at one point the temperature was 112!! Hope we can all stay cool.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, L.Marie. Welcome back to you, too!

  14. Laura

    That is a lot of tadpoles! Love!

    I had been thinking of you…so glad to see you post and say you are well! 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      I even threw in a few flower photos – HA! Yep, all’s well here.
      Thanks for thinking of me.

  15. Andy

    Here we’ve been going through a wet phase and I’m conflicted: I’m a northern guy who loves to watch the rain, loves to hear the rain, but I’m also a fan of a local non-league football team and at that level pitches and matches don’t often survive downpours!
    Maybe, if the Rain Gods are listening, they could consult our fixture list before bestowing their gifts upon us? I’d sacrifice a chicken or two. Free range, of course.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Humpht – persnickety Rain Gods if you ask me. A sacrifice is a sacrifice – free range or not! So there!

  16. Joanne Sisco

    I’d happily send you some of our humidity. I’m done with it and now I want to get rid of it ?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh I totally get it – while I’ve acclimated to higher humidity levels…it’s still not my ‘native’ environment!

  17. marissthequilter

    It’s hard for me to imagine living in hot humidity when I am shivering under my layers of clothes in our colder-than-usual wintertime. I do hope the swamps get their correct dose of humidity soon and that you have air conditioning.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Not to worry, we do have AC. And according to our utility bill, we are more energy efficient in our usage than most of our neighbors…’pat-pat-on-the-back’

  18. cedar51

    Laura, everywhere seems to be changing in nature – we’ve had some Polar Blasts all the way up from the Antarctic of late and I believe another one is due in a few days. The early mornings low temps with frost and fog – then the wind chill kicks in even with the sun out…

    Lovely seeing so many frog whipping around at your feet….

    • laura bruno lilly

      It must be weird seeing my tadpole video while weathering Antarctic blasts! Stay warm and cosy.

  19. petespringerauthor

    Beautiful! The sight of tadpoles is such a welcome sight too.

    • laura bruno lilly

      They were a delightful surprise for me during that particular walk. Who knew they’d be so photogenic?

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