“Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?”

It was only a couple of weeks back when I complained about what seemed to be endless days of rain. Now I get to complain about endless days of heat. The weatherman says thunder showers maybe today but probably tomorrow. I’ll keep checking the sky with my fingers crossed.

I get to go out today. Gracie needs biscuits and dog food, and I need ant traps. The buggers found an open box of confectionary sugar and multiplied in numbers gorged on the sugar. I plan on no less than total annihilation.

We lost electricity last night for about two hours. All of the neighborhoods around me were dark. It started around 9:30. I fell asleep on the couch and was jolted awake by the TV when it came back on. I haven’t read the Cape Times yet to find out the reason but overload is a good possibility.

This morning I filled a few of the bird feeders. More of them still need filling and the suet feeder is empty. The deck plants will need water again so I’ll take a deep breath and go out in the heat of the day. I was barefoot at one point on the deck yesterday, and my feet were burning as if I were walking across beach sand.

As if great whites weren’t enough, now Portuguese man o’ wars are being seen close to the beaches on the Vineyard. Lifeguards scooped up around twelve of them. The man o’ wars are weird-looking: purple with what looks like a balloon at the top, and they have quite a sting. They  drift with the current buoyed by the balloon.

This has been a boring few weeks for me. I haven’t seen anybody, and my one trip was to the dump. I am so excited about Agway today. I get to talk to people.

Short post today-being housebound has caused me to be a bit unimaginative. It’s a good thing I’m not going to a cocktail party. I’d have absolutely no patter. “What do you think of the heat?”

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16 Comments on ““Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?””

  1. peterrocker Says:

    Miss Hot-to-Trot,
    Jump on a plane & come to Mornington. Bring your hot tootsies with you to warm my freezing feet.
    Wishes Galore
    Pierre

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My suet melted. 🙂

    I’ve been watering the potted plants and the birds twice a day for the last few days. The heat just sucks the water right out of the pots.
    I don’t have potted birds. I water the birds by turning the hose on the place by the side of the road where the rain makes puddles. I have bird baths but the birds don’t use them as they prefer the puddle in the road. Why fight it? 🙂

    Rocky and I went to the lake at 6:30 AM. It was lovely and cool and pretty much deserted. By 8AM it was getting pretty warm and sticky so we called it a day. We’ll be inside by the AC unit today. Same as the past several days.

    Enjoy the trip to the dump and stay cool.

    • Caryn Says:

      Sorry, I meant the trip to the Agway. Where there are people to talk to. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That is amazing-that your suet melted.

      I have yet to do my plants, but I know in a short time they’ll be drooping despite the amount of water I put on them yesterday. I have a candle holder hanging from a tree, and the birds love drinking out of that. I have to fill it when I go outside.

      I went to Agway and got yelled at by a friend of mine. She loaded the car and is going to pick up a few groceries for me later. No dump today. The papers can stay in the drunk forever. That short time outside was more than enough.

      Gracie hates the heat as much as I do!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Man o’ war is a funny name.
    Short musical “coffee” break, now I’m dancing back into my garden. Yes, we have perfect summer weather over here. No, I don’t want to make you jealous 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      You made me jealous!!! This heat is unbearable. We are just not used to it. It should be in the 70’s this time of year, not the high 80’s.

      I went outside for a short time and nearly died from the heat.

  4. olof1 Says:

    From what I’ve learned about the Potuguese man o’ war it’s so poisonous that it actually can kill a person. Nasty but interresting animals but I’m glad we have neither them nor the great white here. But some orcas turned up some days ago. That doesn’t happen often though.

    It’s a perfect summer day here, I would have loved staying outdoors if it wasn’t for the deer flies. We have lots now and the cows in the pasture outside my cottage were so badly bitten that they just kept running around. I can’t see them now so I think they finally brought them inside again.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The paper said the sting could be really bad or not bad at all depending upon the person’s reaction to the sting. It didn’t mention lethal.

      We have right whales which always summer here. You can take a whale watch boat and seldom be disappointed.

      I go out to the deck every now and then to get my feet warm, but it is not a place where I want to spend any time. It is brutal in the sun.

  5. Bob Says:

    Heat is a good nick name for Texas in the summer. We have it in all varieties. We have humid steamy heat in southeast Texas, Houston style. We have dry desert heat in West Texas along with dust storms, Amarillo style. And, we have variable heat Central and North Texas style, a little bit of everything except rain 🙂

    The sharks and the big Jellyfish have survived for millions of years. The aggressive bite from the shark’s multi row of teeth can be deadly or disfiguring. The passive sting of the Man O’ War from large numbers in a school can also debilitate or kill. They will probably still be swarming the oceans long after mankind are long gone.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We don’t have the variety you do. Mostly it’s heat until August when the humidity starts. Nantucket is always cooler than the mainland. I see it on the weather and wish I lived there.

      This is the first time man o’ wars have been on the coast here. They think the man o’ wars got caught up in the current and were brought north. The great whites come here every summer to feast on the seals.

  6. Hedley Says:

    I was at a wedding Friday night and sat next to a guy who was a class mate of the Stookenator at the old Birmingham High School, now Seaholm….brilliantly talented says I, yup says he and we went back to checking the Tiger scores on our iPhones.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Tsk, tsk, a bit of a falsehood I think, but the Tigers were calling, and the conversation had an easy ending.

      • Hedley Says:

        What was I to do ? Suggest that the Stookenator rode the coattails of Mary Travers and had been reduced to children’s songs and harassing KTCC and chums ? Sing his praises, cackle and move on.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        No, I accept your reluctance to admit the truth and agree that it was wiser to agree and let the conversation drop.

        Weird though that the guy is hanging onto a high school tailcoat.

    • katry Says:

      Minicapt,
      I copied and saved this. What an easy and inexpensive solution. I bought some ant traps which were pretty cheap too, but they don’t last all that long.


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