It's so hot & dry here. The last rain we had was June 22nd. Needless to say, we're doing everything we can to stay cool. DH and DD help me water the flowers and veggies, but the grass is nearly burned out. We keep the chicks in a "tractor" beneath a big tree and just keep moving it around every other day. That way, their "poo" doesn't burn out the grass and they have fresh ground to find bugs and other tasty morsels.
On to the garden report: We're getting lots of beans, peas, and broccoli. I was able to harvest a few decent carrots, but they were mostly woody and bitter. The turnips have been good, but I'm the only one who likes them. We have lots of potatoes and onions still in the ground. The black seeded simpson lettuce is done/bolted, but I have one Sierra lettuce plant that is wonderful. One row of sweet corn is nearly ready and five more rows are nearly as tall. The rhubarb I transplanted is coming up great, but the new strawberries have stalled.
DD mustered up the courage to sleep out on the front porch (all by herself!) for a couple nights. I slept on the sofa right inside the door just to make sure she was okay; she slept until about 3 am each night and woke up disoriented, so I'd carry her up to bed. So cool. Yes, she's reading Charlotte's Web and loving it - - just about done. She saw the cartoon version a couple times, but hasn't seen the new live action movie yet. Next, she wants to start on Laura Ingalls Wilder and maybe the Kirsten series of American Girl. She's just a reading fool!