** Sea change (transformation), an idiom for broad transformation drawn from a phrase in Shakespeare's The Tempest (Wikipedia) **
A slowly spiraling low pressure system moved in and on Friday we were lucky enough to receive another .45" of rain. While it doesn't sound much, it makes it the 5th week in a row where we got SOME rain. It has kept the rain barrels topped, if nothing else.
But the REAL change is the temps. Yesterday (Saturday) it never got past 65F and it was cloudy all day. Today it's only going into the high 70s and more of the same (high 70s, low 80s) for the next week.
The lawns are still suffering and there are whole patches down to dirt. But change IS happening - most noticeably on the tomato plants. Blossoms!
Something else. Friday afternoon I decided it was time to give the lawns a mow. I'd not done a full mow since (waaaait for it) - June 7th! A couple of times I did circle the house (out to 10 feet), but that was it. Anyway I set the mower to its highest cut and evened out the shag. I knew temps were to dip and the clouds would help keep the clipped grass from too much shock. All things considered, I judged mowing now wouldn't stress the lawn too much. (Others had the same idea. Across the road another neighbor started mowing too.)
They are sparse and full of dead leaves but welcome none the less. I'll make good use of them.
I don't expect to mow again for several weeks. There is still a drought, the grass is mostly dormant, and there's no need to stress it any more than necessary.
But between the rain, the cooler temps, and the heady fragrance of mown grass, it makes this gardener think more of Autumn than August. And after this hellish summer, I'm all for these below average temps. They can stay as long as they want. Meanwhile, I'm actually enjoying wearing jeans and T-shirts vs. shorts & sleeveless (even if for only a day) and, before you know it, I'll be cooking HOT meals. Yep, you just can't stop me. I'm a wild woman. ;-)