Odds and ends

We, in northeastern US with temperatures near 100F (38C), are sweltering although not as badly as the Pacific Northwest. I adjusted my routine to walk at 6:30 a.m. instead of the hotter part of the day. Today, it was close to 80 in the early morning and very humid but it was do-able. The mocha latte afterward still tasted good.

I was surprised that I didn’t see any walkers, joggers or dog walkers. When I lived in the other neighborhood, I would see more people walking at 6 a.m. than any other time. I assumed it was the “before work” walk. If you don’t walk early in this heat, you won’t walk at all. At least you won’t if you are smart.

The cats are sleeping through the heat wave and that’s not a bad idea. We have had some errands to get done and any car time is uncomfortable even with air conditioning so we reverted to tropical life. Working, running errands and anything that requires movement happens early morning and late afternoon. Mid-day until almost suppertime is either siesta or slow motion time. Really slow motion. Almost reverse.

Stay safe in this crazy weather!

61 thoughts on “Odds and ends

  1. I’m no fan of the Summer of 2021. We had two coolish days on Friday and Saturday so yesterday I hustled out and pulled all the weeds and did some trimming. We’re back to 90 with a real-feel of 94 – great. A woman at the Park is 68 and she does not like walking in the heat, so she walks in the dark and is finished by dawn. No thank you … alone in a wooded area with a flashlight. I said “I know this park looks out on a residential neighborhood and you drive from your home here, but it’s not safe to do this.” Maybe it’s me?

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      • I agree. I took the bus to downtown Detroit for years. I was mindful of what was going on in the downtown business district, but there was so much traffic and buses that it was pretty safe. It was going/returning from work in Winter which had me always carrying my pepper gel in one coat pocket, the keys in the other pocket.

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  2. No heatwave here, thank goodness. June was hotter than usual but still not much by your standards. I am just grateful that we no longer have the Forbidden Greenhouse where Louis Catorze used to go and fry himself. Yes, during a heatwave. On purpose.

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  3. I have family in the Pacific Northwest and it’s certainly a rare thing to consider that our Southern California temperatures are mild by comparison. In the summer I have to walk early in the morning if I’m going to do it at all. Which means, some days it just doesn’t happen. 🙂 Hope the heat and humidity is on the wane!

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    • We dropped 30 degrees so yes it’s on the wane. We’ve been having such extremes. I don’t remember that happening so much. We are usually a temperate area with maybe a few days of 90s in August but pleasant although maybe a bit humid the rest of the summer.

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  4. We’ve had decent weather recently . . . due (in part) to a fair amount of cloud cover in the mornings which keeps the temps from soaring too soon.

    We’ve been able to walk between 8 am and 9:30 most days, followed by coffee/croissant and then a refreshing dip in the pool! CANNONBALL!

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  5. Happily after a 101 degree day yesterday we expect some RAIN this afternoon and by the time it’s gone, our temps will be in the 70s. NOW YOU’RE TALKIN MY LANGUAGE!! I find as I age I “melt” quicker and I just don’t enjoy the heat and humidity. Thanks heavens for big shady trees in the yard and a shaded front porch! Stay cool!

    Hugs, Pam

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    • Our weather is similar. New house does not have a shade tree close enough to the house so I planted one this spring. I will be dead before it’s big enough! 🙂 I don’t know why people don’t plant trees in their yards. They have a very few ornamental ones but not the wonderful big shade trees I had in my youth. My childhood home had dappled shade all summer and that was good as the house did not have a/c.

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  6. The weather here has been awful as well. Leaving the house during the day,,,no thank you. But some rain here tonight. Hoping for more and for cooler days.

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  7. I laughed that you are almost living in reverse in the heat. I know it’s no laughing matter, but that hit my funny bone with great force. Too bad I can’t cool you with it. I hope the heat will disappear soon.

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  8. That’s how it always is for me–walking at 6-7 AM and around sunset. And yet I see so many folks walking at noon around here. During the summer. Some are with dogs and I want to scream at them about the heat of the pavement.

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    • I always walked early morning both when I worked and when I retired. Get it done and over with! I saw my neighbor walking her little dog around 5-ish. It was still mid-90s here and I wondered if the pup’s feet were uncomfortable. Macadam gets really hot!

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  9. It is hot and humid here. To be expected in the deep south, but I sort of resent it. Even at six or seven in the morning, it is so humid it is hard to enjoy a walk. I know there is no point in complaining about the weather…

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    • This heat is unusual for us this early. It’s more like August than June but it’s expected to break so we’ll have our traditional upper 70s for the weekend. Yay! No point in complaining at all!

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  10. Hahaha… Maxine! I can’t believe you are hotter than we are and we are having afternoon thunderstorms that rattle the windows. We also have a tropical disturbance that is trying to line itself up to come through the Gulf. Hopefully it will fizzle out. You ARE living the tropical life… get everything done before the heat of day.

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  11. I have been reading about your heatwave. Do you know the Noel Coward song “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun?” Definitely a cue for a nanny nap /siesta.

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  12. The summer heat on the boat could be stifling, so we took to taking a siesta in the afternoons leaving the bow and hatches open. It was much better than going out and coming back to an oven of a home. keep safe. Lovely pic of Sasha. Don’t blame the cats for napping.

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      • We began to appreciate how things cooking saucepans felt. We were cosy in the winter as we had onboard heating, but in the summer with only small portholes for windows, there wasn’t a lot of airflow and it could be quite stuffy, but we were content and as we had canopy covers, could leave our stern hatchway open with the door locked beneath it, which helped a lot at night.

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