Which should come as no surprise. With the drought bearing down hard, and a veritable boatload of work to do at my paying job (for which I am very grateful believe me), and starting Year Two of a house remodel project, it's been somewhat stressful chez nous.
"It's hot and dry out there? No matter, I'm walking anyway. The pack is 30 pounds with the extra water? No matter."
Last weekend, I found little water in our beloved river, but when I did find this shaded pool, I was delighted to watch a dozen-strong Bushtit flock vying for turns at drinking.