“It’s not so much the heat, it’s the humidity that’ll kill you.”

The rainstorm woke me up this morning. I could hear drops pounding on the roof and against the south window. I fell back to sleep. When I woke up, it was after ten. The rain had stopped and left humidity so thick you could cut with a knife (a New England aphorism).

I foolishly got in my car and went to Dunkin Donuts. The lines of traffic at each light were so long they were endless. Rain does that: it brings out the tourists in a symbiotic relationship with all the shops. The tourists drive with craned necks looking to stop for their souvenirs or for penny candy, cape t-shirts, ice cream or fudge. I should have known better, but the pull of coffee was too great.

The sun poked its head out for a few minutes, a taunting move, as thunder showers are predicted. The sky has gone back to cloudy. The air is still. I wouldn’t mind a thunder storm.

Henry wouldn’t use the dog door with the new flap. He got used to being waited on to go in and out. I tried bribery, begging and opening the flap as a demonstration, but none of them worked, but then this morning, without thinking, he went out through the flap but not in. I opened the door. His breakfast was waiting. He dismissed me after that.

My list of chores is mostly for outside so they’re on delay. I do have laundry to put away and laundry to fold from the drier. I’m thinking I’ll clean out the three baskets under the table here in the den. I can watch TV as I toil.

Fifty years ago I was in Ghana, in Peace Corps training. I missed the moon landing and Woodstock, but I didn’t care. I was in Africa.

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8 Comments on ““It’s not so much the heat, it’s the humidity that’ll kill you.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Thunder clouds have passed here all day but we never got any thunder, maybe tomorrow. Otherwise it has been a plkeasant day, just enough warm with low humidity thankfully (we have the same aphorism here in Sweden).

    Lets hope that Henry forget when he wants to go inside too πŸ™‚ I tried a dog door in the dog house but they hated it, they tried it once and after that they stayed indoors all day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I had to hang a piece of cloth there instead and then it worked πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      After Henry went out this morning, he didn’t use the door to go out this afternoon. He is driving me crazy. I do not want to get up and down letting him in and out.

      We never got the sun, but it didn’t rain again. I don’t know how much we got, but it was a lot of rain.

      It is still humid so my AC is still running.

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Send rain πŸ™‚ We got a some rain but far less than predicted and needed.

    ‘Cut the air with a knife’ is also quite common here as well as yesterday’s ‘give up the ghost’. (Back home and catching up on KTCC posts…)

    School holidays (6 weeks) started today which is quite late this year. More car traffic today and this weekend but it doesn’t really makes a difference as we have traffic jams every day, or as we say: it doesn’t make the cake fat.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I wish I could help you with the rain, but we haven’t had as much as we did last month. We’re not hurting but the first heat wave of the summer isn’t all that far away.

      I really like those colorful sayings, and they do stand the test of time, and they enrich the language. My mother was the source of many of mine.

      The schools in this state got out earlier than they have in years because there were no snow days. Even if they needed extra days, by law, they can’t go beyond June 30th, the end of the fiscal year.

      I love it: it doesn’t make the cake fat!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Rain this morning up here but it was a polite, slow rain. The kind that thorougly soaks all the paper goods in the recycling bin. Then the sun appeared in a half-hearted way along with heat and humidity. Now the thunderclouds are looking serious but the radar is not. We’ll see.
    I did nothing today except walk the dogs early in the morning. Oh, and I dusted a thing that hadn’t been dusted in a very long time. That’s always a satisfying activity because the After is always so much better looking than the Before it makes one feel as though one has done a serious bit of work. πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Our rain was terrific, but it was Plymouth which got a huge amount. It is still muggy out so my AC is still on. The sun stayed away all day, and the clouds are still dark.

      I ended up doing nothing all day as well. I suppose I still have the evening to clean out those baskets.

      My house is clean right now. Lee and Roseana came yesterday. He even brought stuff to my trunk for the dump. I had him change the bulb over the sink as I won’t climb up any more.

      Enjoy your evening!

  4. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Our dogs do a great job of training us to meet their needs. πŸ™‚

    When I first moved to Texas in 1953 we were in the midst of a draught. The summer temperatures were in the 100 degree plus range but it was a dry heat more like Arizona. Since then the water needs of the growing metropolitan area have caused the Army Corps. Of Engineers to build several large reservoirs around the area which have eliminated the need to ration water but it raised the humidity.

    The worst place I have been was Dubai in May where the temperature in the afternoon exceeded 105 degrees with what felt like 100% humidity. It felt like Houston in the summer on steroids.

    It’s a balmy 91 degrees under Sammy skies and low humidity.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Henry has trained me well. Part of it is I feel bad about his first 8 months of life as that was when I adopted him. Who knows what happened to him.

      Today was ugly. It never got sunny so it never got dry. I have been in my AC all day. I checked to see if I could turn it off, but I swear I got wet just standing on the deck.

      Ghana had many days in the dry season over 100˚, but I didn’t mind so much as it was dry, but then by February or March the days and nights were both scorchingly hot and had begun to feel humid. The rains came in late April or early May, and they came just about every day. The humidity was awful.

      It is still cloudy and damp feeling.


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