Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Heat Has Hit !
It was 102 degrees outside today - and it is supposed to be just as hot tomorrow, too. Phooey. I can stay semi-busy all day long, just adding ice cubes to Holly's water bowl. Let me tell you, that Lhasa can sure lap it up.
Every year we know it is coming, and actually this year it arrived later than usual. We did not hit triple digits until the official first day of summer. But you just cannot really prepare for it. Your mind keeps telling you that it won't be that bad. Uh huh.
I went out to visit my newly planted impatiens this morning, and their patience had wilted waiting for their morning watering. Poor little things were as limp as overcooked pasta.
And the bird bath - well, some one had tweeted that ours had fresh cool water, because there were all kinds of feathered visitors flapping, yapping and dipping their beaks in and out. That lasted a few minutes until a really large, apparently aggressive robin flew in and ran off all the chickadees and finches. Even scared off a long-tailed towhee, and they are pretty fearless. Apparently that robin's mother never taught him to play well with others.
I visited a blog earlier today where the author was frying up a delicious dish for dinner. The only thing we fry around here on days like these are the proverbial "eggs on a sidewalk."
Shoot, you could probably flambe' something on my front steps. And then, to add insult to injury, when it is this hot outside, you get those little shimmery, wavy lines ahead of you on the road.
My eyes aren't what they used to be, and adding those darned things to the mix is just plain dangerous.
I lost count of how many glasses of iced tea I have had today. Some days there is just no way to stay busy and stay cool at the same time. You can do one or the other, but not both. So I worked outside until 11:00 a.m. (staying busy) and then came inside and stayed cool the rest of the day. Of course, it took me two hours just to cool down after I came in, but that is what you get when it is toasty outdoors.
So dinner this evening will be chef salads with more iced tea, and maybe a little cantaloupe with cottage cheese. One good thing about the heat - it is a perfect excuse not to cook.
Hope you are staying cool. ...Marsha