“Once you begin watching spiders, you haven’t time for much else.”

It is change the air day so the AC is off for a bit, a short bit as the house is getting hot too quickly. There is a breeze, but it is doing little good. It might thunder shower this afternoon. That would be a most welcomed storm.

I have a couple of errands I can do today or I can wait until cooler weather. That might be Friday or Saturday. My friend Peg, one half of my Ghana travel mates, reminded me I need to get used to the heat. I remember the last time I was there every time I did anything I was soaked from sweat. The dry season is easier to get used to as the rainy season brings the humidity. We’ll be there at the tail end of rain.

It seems the older I get the less tolerant I am of weather. I hate the heat in summer and the cold in winter. The AC is now on days at a time. In my earlier life, I didn’t even have a fan, and I was always comfortable. All winter I now wear a sweatshirt even though the heat is on 68˚. I used to need only a long-sleeve shirt. My mother always kept her house far too hot in the winter. My sister and I wore tee shirts and complained. Now we both understand.

I have stuff to do on the deck like check lights, put the adapter on the umbrella and water plants. These are wonderful intentions but that’s what they’ll stay, intentions. I use the heat as my reason, not my excuse.

Across the top of one chair was a spider’s web. When I was going to clean it, I noticed many tiny spiders were attached to the web. In August my house is inundated with baby spiders. Now I understand why. In that one web were about twenty not ready to be born babies. I left them there. I’ll complain about all the spiders, but I just could’t bring myself to swipe away that web. It was sort of neat to see.

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  1. Hot here again today but we did get a short moment of cooler weather when a thunderstorm passed by. It didn’t make much noise on its way but the air felt so nice. After it had passed the hot air came back and it was like walking in a steam bath. I don’t think anyone liked to be out walking then 🙂

    I left the dogs here at home for a while when I went to the grocery store. I never like doing that the first time but they were all waitring for me by the entrance door and Albin was sleeping so hard that he barely noticed that I had come home again 🙂

    Our heatwave is over for now, tomorrow willbe much cooler and I am looking forward to it, It is nice to actually have summer temperatures during my vacation for once but it sure will be nice to get those cooler temperatures again 🙂 I don’t need the rain though but I guess I’ll have to be happy with what I get 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Just sitting here some days is like a steam bath. Even sitting on the deck under the umbrella is far too hot. I’m hoping we really do get rain just for that cooler air you felt.

      Puppies do sleep deeply. They haven’t yet a care in the world. Gracie is in her crate when I go out. She gets too anxious if she is left out.

      Boston still has a heat wave. The city has opened cooling places for people without AC or even fans. They show us 10-12 ˚ cooler so we are not in the middle of a heat wave though it feels that way to me.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    And so the week has arrived – on Saturday July 30, my son will marry down the Holy Family in Detroit and then a reception at the Colony Club. Some 150 folks will gather to celebrate the occasion and our first arrivals were yesterday

    I skipped off biking with Big Rick – way too hot to be at risk at Stoney. Instead we had brunch with Father Jerry who will once again referee the marriage. He baptized them, confirmed them and now marries them. I love this continuum.

    The Prince will be resplendent, a Junior Groomsman indeed. Its a time of celebration – I am asking for a couple of Lennie tunes at the reception. Nothing gets the conga line going like “Suzanne”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You will have a busy week. The first arrivals came a bit early so I hope you have found many interesting places for them to see and lots of fun things for them to do.

      You were smart to forego biking in all this heat. I think it amazing that Father Jerry has been around in the same parish for so long. There were priests who were around a long time when I was a kid, but not so long as baptism to marriage.

      Post pictures of the Prince in his new suit.

      I will ignore your sarcasm!

  3. Coleen Says:

    Just checking in…being a bit lazy today, as I was for pretty much the entire weekend!

    It is so hot here that I have taken not to leaving the house until 7pm. when it is cooler…but not by much!

    I MUST be getting older…I don’t remember being bothered by the heat as a kid. I’ll say it again–in my head I am 16!

    Waving from my hermetically-sealed mason jar,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I’m going you in being lazy!

      If I can help it, I don’t even leave the house. I hang around in my t-shirt and around the house pants.

      Nope, I ain’t bothered but he heat either. Even when I was in Ghana, I was fine, and it was sometimes over 100˚ days in a row. I arrived there when I was 21, still young enough not to care!

      Waving back from the wonderfully cool house!!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My bathroom is normally frequented by spiders in spring. It being an old house, the plumbing comes up through the floor so the spiders in the cellar have a lovely highway up to the bathroom. I don’t mind as long as there are not a lot of them. Three or four visible ones is good. If they stay up above my line of sight, that’s okay too. If I see them in the bathtub, I usually get them onto a piece of tissue and flick them out the door.

    My errand for today was to see about getting new tires and then to ride up I95 to the Hampton Tolls to see if my Fast Track toll paying thing still worked. I’ve had it a long time but it’s been several years since I last used it so I thought I’d check. It worked. On the way back I stopped at Tendercrop Farm and bought many delicious things.
    The tires will be put on tomorrow morning.

    It’s hot here and it’s sticky, too. Clouds are building up but they will probably amount to not very much.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Mine come in the summer, in August. Now I know they are home grown. The baby spiders were white and beginning to move. I try and move mine as well. I’m thankful for the bugs they eat.

      I did one of my two errands. I went to a farm stand and bought fresh corn, home grown tomatoes and a shepherd’s pie from the Centerville Pie Company. Both the pie company and the farm-flower stand use mentally challenged adults.

      The air has made the house comfy. Gracie is snoring away on the couch beside me. No rain clouds yet though the breeze is a bit stronger.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    I am not a fan of spiders, insects or snakes. I kill them with impunity like a Trump supporter would kill a Muslim terrorist. 🙂 Today my car’s outside thermometer read 100 degrees. It’s hot and humid with the relative humidity at 47%. Yesterday it was 107 in Phoenix but their relative humidity was only 19%. A dry heat but still hot.

    Jury duty was easy. I took the train downtown from the station which is less than a mile from my condo. In twenty minutes I was downtown and rode a bus to the criminal courthouse. The civil courts are located in downtown but the criminal courts are on the far western edge of downtown past Dealy plaza. I think it was put their so that during an escape attempt less pedestrians would be in the line of fire. I was released before noon and was never sent to a courtroom. On the ride home one of the doors on the train wouldn’t close properly and it took the motor woman and another female Dart emploee an extra 20 minutes to get it repaired. The cars are new and air conditioned.

    If I worked anywhere near the light rail system I would ditch the car for commuting in a New York minute and ride the train. Dallas was very late to build a light rail system because of the special interests in Austin. The road building and oil industry lobby blocked anything money for legislation containing the word train. The system was financed by sales taxes and many outlying communities refused to increase their sales tax and didn’t get the trains. Of course now it’s difficult to find parking in the furthest out stations as commuters drive from those communities to the station to park and ride the train. I guess at some point they will have to begin to charge for parking. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I let them all live except for flies. Now those I try to get out the door, but if I don’t, I go after them with a paper. Oops, mosquitos too are on my kill list.

      Humidity here is usually above 50% at the least. I prefer that dry heat. Where I lived in Ghana was dry heat, and it was often above 100˚. It didn’t rain for several months during the dry season.

      Your jury duty is like mine though I had to wait until after lunch. The defendant took a plea bargain so we weren’t needed. It saves us from being called for maybe 5 years, but I don’t remember exactly.

      Boston’s subway system was the first in the country. Over the years it was expanded further into the suburbs. There is also the commuter rail which goes through communities not on the subway line. Here soon the cape we have few options other than the car though now there is a single bus line which travels up and down the cape. During the summer, the cape scenic rail does a Boston to Cape Cod route on the weekends.

      All the cars on the MBTA, the Boston subway system, are air conditioned and many of the trains are new as there is a replacement system. Many times I go to Braintree, park my car and then take the T into Boston.

      • Bob Says:

        If I don’t get called for jury duty in the next nine months I will be 70 and I can get an old age exemption. Let younger folks decide the fate of criminals and civil disputes. 😀

      • katry Says:

        I don’t know about Texas but here you can’t be called for 5 years.


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