With the month of July fast coming to a close, it’s hard to imagine that a little over two months ago we were dealing with frost advisories. Menopausal Mother Nature has been having a never-ending hot-flash turning this summer into the longest, hottest summer in quite a long time. With the base heat soaring into the upper 90’s and the heat index reaching 100 to 110 for days on end, the humidity in the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
The oppressive heat limits time spent outside, enabling the grass to grow wild and the weeds to take over the flower beds enforce. Random passing thunderstorms feed the weeds in their greedy plan to overtake the plants and flowers, as well as adding even more humidity to the already thick air.
Braving the stifling humidity, the grass is cut early in the morning before the blazing sun has a chance to add more heat to the air, and weeds are pulled with abandon to curtail their plans of a coup d’état. Surely every pore from head to toe is thoroughly cleansed with the persistent outpouring of fresh salty sweat during the process to tame the wild yard.
Little relief is found indoors, with the window air conditioner working overtime to keep the temperature in the living room below 85 degrees – a good 15-degrees warmer than desired, but a small relief just the same. The upstairs bathroom turns into a literal sauna, as a quick shower to cool down and wash away some of the never-ending perspiration increases the humidity in the medium-sized room, and fresh perspiration is quick to follow.
A visit to a friend’s house on Saturday to celebrate the 2nd birthday of his adorable daughter proved that his air conditioner for his second floor apartment mirrored the overworked efforts of cooling as ours did. An impromptu decision to take a neighbor up on their offer to enjoy their pool was made, and we walked the few blocks in the blazing heat with excited children to give them a chance to cool off the fun way.
And cool off they did:
Princess Nagger is actually thankful she had some swimming lessons in first grade this past year – when they do that week of swimming in second grade, she just might be a little less apt to protest after this weekend of fun.
Has it been unbearably hot in your area, too? What are you doing to keep cool?