“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.”

It feels like solitary confinement. The heat and humidity are keeping me inside the house, in the cool of the house. When I stepped outside to get the papers, I gasped because of the thickness of the air. It almost felt as if I were walking in slow motion. Every time I open the back door to let Gracie outside I am blasted by heat. She is out only a short time but comes in panting.

I think it might have rained a bit last night. The driveway was wet, and the outside table was filled with water, but it doesn’t matter. What little it might have rained isn’t enough.

The caterpillars are gone. My deck has very little frass. It has leaves and small branches from the trees but that is easily cleared. When my lawn is cut, they’ll blow the deck clean. I just hope for a cooler day so I can sit outside and read. Saturday night movies will probably start next week. I’ll have to get my hot dog machine and my popcorn maker ready.

My Saturday night deck movies will probably start next week. I’ll have to get my hot dog machine and my popcorn maker ready. Maybe I’ll test the popcorn maker this week.

I haven’t seen people in a while. I might as well be living by myself on a deserted island. Once in a while a car goes by the house. I hear it but don’t see it. My trunk is filled with trash and recycles.

My trunk is filled with trash, cardboard, papers and bottles. A trip to the dump is on my list but not today. The dump is always an extreme reflection of the weather. In winter it is a Siberian steppe. On days like today the heat is almost unbearable and reflects off the metal bins. Even a short stop is a sweaty stop. Maybe the afternoon will be cooler, but that, I suspect, is a faint hope.

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14 Comments on ““It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Today I need to operate at a very high level of distraction

    The Prince cruises in tonight and hopefully will like the baseball cap that I brought him back from the Euros. For a year we have been waiting to see “The Secret Life of Pets” although I understand that “Leonard” does not get as much screen time as the trailers suggest.

    My Jeep is under repair in Pontiac – my son borrowed it and it seems some fellows (or gals) were anxious to borrow the radio or the whole car so two windows need to be replaced.

    I don’t think lamb chops are coming my way but if it is of interest to you and Bob, they were dressed with garlic and served with potatoes and greens. They were not undelicious, I did rumble over to Maille on the last day of our trip as I have a thing about their mustard and try to ignore what it costs.

    I have no solution – I shuffle between anger, revenge and a desire to maintain the Judeo-Christian values that I treasure.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I keep going from mindless TV entertainment to MSNBC which I can watch for only a short time. I am sad.

      I am glad you will have the Prince to occupy your time and maybe your mind. I am sure he will love the cap. My fallback gift has been a Red Sox cap emblazoned with that old fashioned B.

      Thanks for your dinner description. Now I long even more for lamb.

      I too am a mustard fan. I have several kinds in my fridge. For my friends with limited palates I have yellow mustard. I think that giving yourself a gift should never bring cost to mind.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat we also ate lamb at Sebillon, the self proclaimed “Temple of lamb” – this was more a carvery with a side dish of haricot beans. Basically you could eat until satiated – I preferred Allard and their rather wonderful lamb chops.

        The meal prices were about the same

      • katry Says:

        We have Easter dinner at The Ocean House every year. It is right on the water and we get a beautiful spot by the windows. On the menu is a variety of different dinners for the holiday, and they always have lamb. It is always delicious.

        The restaurant is not inexpensive.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Thunder just passed by here, only one lightning though, a bit of a disappointment. I had hoped for more bevcause the flies behaves insanely and if tomorrow morning isn’tr chilly I will bring a mosquito hat to keep those darned flies away from my ears and nose.

    Otherwise it has been a rather pleasant day here, not especially sunny but just enough warm to have the kitchen door open.

    I went to Falköping today and bought things I didn’t really want but just now I realised I could have bought things I needed 🙂 So I’ll most likely drive to the super market tomorrow morning and I’ll bring all the recycling things I can find at the same time, there’s arecycling center just beside the super market. I’ll see if I can find a cool box so I can buy lots of ice cream when I’m there, no use otherwise because it’ll all have melted before I come home if I don’t bring it.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We haven’t had rain in such a long time. I do love thunder and lightning.

      Gracie rings her bells to go outside when the door is closed. The bells hang from the backdoor inside knob. She is driving me crazy. She goes outside and just stays on the deck by the door then hits her dog door cover because she wants inside. She is never out more than 5 minutes.

      There is a breeze but it doesn’t seem to do any good. The heat is unbelievable. I am glad to be inside.

      Have a great evening!

  3. im6 Says:

    I’m trying to have some empathy for you regarding your heat situation, but am not having a whole lot of luck. I know. I know. It’s Texas in July, what do I expect? But even by those standards it’s hot. I guess I can only be thankful I’m not in Arizona or Nevada because they’d consider our 108º heat index a cool spell. When it gets this bad, I’m always reminded of a song from a musical I had a small part in in college. From the same team who wrote “The Fantastiks”…

    • katry Says:

      I know 110 in the Shade though I don’t remember any of the songs. This is a great one.

      You expect hot in Texas. We don’t expect temperatures this high (I know to you 84˚ is a cold spell) until August. The only good news is it will go down to 69˚ tonight. Starting Sunday it will get cooler every day down to 80˚ then 78˚ and 65˚ at night.

      I decided no dump today. I’ll go late tomorrow afternoon as the morning is quite busy.

      This is a most lazy day!

  4. Clare Says:

    I’m living your life!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Hot tamales up here, too. I’ve been out several times to walk the dogs and once to do errands. Bleh. Very sticky. But I have plenty of ice and ice cream. The AC is working well and so are the fans. It’s bearable as long as I don’t decide to knit a wool blanket or do extreme house cleaning. Or any housecleaning for that matter. 🙂

    I bought a Kindle Oasis which came today. I have been playing with it. Very sleek. Very light. Very small. Very cool. I think I will like it ivery much. I’ve dropped it three times already. It’s what I do. But it seems to be durable. Good thing.

    Enjoy the day and stay as cool as possible.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Now I’m jealous. I have no ice cream, and I think it would be just about perfect now.

      My AC is a delight. I went outside to water the deck plants and just about died. Walking inside was wonderful.

      I haven’t done anything today. I even took a nap. All that doing nothing made me tired.

      My iPad is what I use to download books. I like to bring it when I travel as it has many apps I can use without wi-fi. Ghana doesn’t have many wi-fi spots.

      Enjoy that ice cream!

  6. Bob Says:

    Today it rained but I was teaching all morning and only glanced at the wet pavement while getting a cup of coffee on a break. It was humid this morning before the rain and was only 91 degrees this afternoon on my way home. Thank goodness for AC. Ice cream is good any time of the year.

    • katry Says:

      My father worked for Hood Ice Cream. He was the manager in Hyannis which is how we ended up here. We’d go visit and choose the ice cream we wanted him to bring home. At Halloween one year he gave out Hoodsies, a cup of chocolate and vanilla ice cream (https://hood.com/products/hoodsie-cups/) and kids kept trying to come back for seconds.

      So you have a cold front!

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