“I’m a firm believer that every morning brings a new opportunity for me to conquer the day.”

The thick humidity has dampened the day. Nothing is moving. Sounds seem amplified. I can hear my neighbor down the street closing doors. The birds are singing and Henry is barking. My mother would say it’s a muggy day.

The cat got on my lap today and purred while I brushed him. He only jumped off and ran when Henry barked at the front door. He hisses at Henry who only cares a little.

Today, the cape will be cooler than the rest of the state. We’ll be in the high 70’s, but the prediction for the next two days is the low 90’s. My house is cool right now, but I have already closed the upstairs windows anticipating I’ll need air conditioning. I have a feeling I won’t see the outside world for a few days.

When I was a kid, my house was dark on hot days. My mother would pull down all the shades to keep the sun at bay. She didn’t use the oven. Lunches were always sandwiches and were sometimes even supper. Hot dogs were no longer just for Saturday nights and were often served with potato chips, not beans. I never missed the beans. Snacks were still the old stand by: peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches. We’d have watermelon. We’d eat our slices outside. The watermelon dripped and sometimes made tracks down our arms. The tracks were sticky.

We were out much longer on summer nights. We caught fireflies, played hide and seek and looked at the stars. My mother usually yelled out the back door for us to come inside. We’d watch a bit of TV before bed. We were always tired.

Even back then I loved mornings. The air was cool and smelled sweet. The sky seemed the bluest and the sunlight the sharpest. I always jumped out of bed happy to start my day.

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6 Comments on ““I’m a firm believer that every morning brings a new opportunity for me to conquer the day.””

  1. hedley Says:

    The heat index is north of 100 and still rising, I am hoping for a gigantic storm but it is carrying a low probability.

    Tomorrow we have a meeting with The Prince’s maternal relatives to go through his forthcoming adventures in London. We have included things that I have never done, such as tour the Houses of Parliament so there is tons to look forward to. On the night we arrive, we will be going to the Kennington Oval to watch Surrey play cricket, while Mrs MDH lollygags back at the hotel. When I was a kid I had a Junior membership to Surrey CCC and used to go to a lot of games, so it will be suitably nostalgic for me

    Mt house is also dark, I drew all the drapes before I left for work and it will need quite a change before I open them to the glass walls.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You weather will be here by tomorrow when Boston will be on the wrong side of 100˚.We will be shy of 100˚. The police department called about the heat and cooling stations and pets. I will be in here with the AC as will the cats and Henry.

      I’m glad you have a bit of old and new for you built into the schedule. I hope you are both sufficiently awake to watch the cricket match. I remember my sister’s first time in London, and I had her write down what she wanted to do. Her list included plays, and we managed one the day we arrived. She fell asleep between Act I and Act II.

      I too have never toured the Houses of Parliament.

      My AC has been blasting since early afternoon. The house is nice and cool.

  2. olof1 Says:

    A nice day over here, perhaps a bit too warm when sawing down trees and mowing lawns though πŸ™‚ Mostly cloudy though and we’re waiting for a low pressure that will arrive some time tomorrow, bringing rain and thunder.

    I can’t remember ever being tired as a kid, now days however it is all I am πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Takes only a few seconds after I have sat down to fall asleep πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s 8.25 pm here right now and I would love to go to bed but I refuse because it is after all vacation πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had that rain and thunder the other night into yesterday morning. Now it is the heat. If you were here, you’d do no outside work. It could be dangerous as hot as it will be.

      I too tire easily. Like you, I never tired when I was a kid, and the hot days didn’t matter. I had a nap today, and I did nothing at all.
      Most nights I go to bed after midnight.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When the temperature reaches triple digits in the Northeast it’s really miserable. The high humidity and the temperature in the heat island of the city center is higher than the official temperature taken at the airport. Even the temperature taken in NYC’s Central Park is cooler than in the concrete canyon of midtown Manhattan.

    I remember the hot summer days as a kid when the tar that was used to fill the expansion joints in the concrete streets would bubble up in the sun. In the cooler mornings I would ride my bike around the neighborhood and then go to the public pool in the afternoons. Even though we had central air conditioning, my mother rarely used the oven and we ate more salads and cold sandwiches.

    These days I spend very little time outside. I move from our air conditioned condo, to my air conditioned car, to my air conditioned office. The great outdoors looks very good viewed from the great indoors. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      A heat emergency has been declared in the city of Boston where it will get over 100˚ and even here on the cape where it will be in the high 80’s or low 90’s. The police sent a message over the phone talking about relief centers and the symptoms of over heating. Sunday is supposed to be worse than tomorrow.

      I didn’t know anyone who had air conditioning. We didn’t even have a fan. We just put up with it I guess. Much later my parents got air conditioners for the bedrooms and then for the living room. In my own house, I bought an AC unit for my bedroom window. When I redid my roof, windows, etc. I also had central air added. I love it.

      I also go from the house AC to the car AC. I get a chuckle when I walk outside my car into the heat and my glasses fog.


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