Thursday, July 14, 2011


After a record, or near record heat Tuesday of 105 degrees, as registered by the outside temperature sensor of my Highlander Hybrid, I decided this expensive car tells me more than I need to know. That temperature was about 3 p.m. as I entered the city limits of my home after a trip to WalMart. Although I bought fruit and veggies, I was smart enough not to even think MILK, ICE CREAM  and FROZEN anything.

Prior to WalMart I had picked up orders for a some blood tests in connection with my osteoporosis at my physician's office in another nearby town, went by the lab and had blood drawn for the test, before leaving that town and driving to the WalMart nearest my home. I left home about 12:30 p.m. and l was on my way WM about 2 p.m. My list was short and I only had 4 bags and my purse.

When I arrived home, Husband and Luckie had left for the state line where he gets his cigarettes much cheaper than locally. It is only about 35 mi. to the AR/MO line where several businesses are located just across the line. Gasoline and cigarettes are taxed less than Arkansas... significantly less. If you factor in the gas, I don't know if you have much, but H thinks so.

After hauling in the groceries and fixing some supper, I decided to apply some plant food and water the hanging baskets and whatever else I could reach with the 25' hose and faucet/hydrant/spigot [take your choice] H installed. Long lengths of hose curl and loop, nearly tripping me as I try to manage them. I don't need any more falls. I can manage 25' fairly well and reach quite a few baskets, pots and plants.

BUT IT WAS STILL 10 PM it was still 100 degrees; I had been in and out of the heat for the most part of the afternoon and evening.. I think I got too hot, as I felt a tad woozy before I  finished so I quit. The night was fitful and the early morning I had a few symptoms of overheating which have faded.

Now to the title of my bog today: Wet Wednesday. During the night Luckie began vacillating between the bedroom and where I sleep in a lift chair. Being unusually tired, I did not recognize her premonition of pending bad weather. But somewhere around 5 a.m. I heard thunder!!! Petting Luckie for a few moments I returned to a short snooze with the soft sound of rain on the roof.

When I arose around 7 a.m. to make our two pots of coffee, the rain gauge registered 0.15 in. It also has showered a couple of times during the morning. Currently the temperature is 86 deg. with a "feel like" temperature of 93 deg., humidity is about 50%, and chance of more showers is 40%.

Although our lake level is still very high from Spring's bountiful rainfall, the heavenly spigot has been in the shut off position, since latter part of May. Guess we had not paid our bill.

When I was younger, heat did not bother me, but with COPD and other problems, I really do not tolerate being outside for long periods when temperatures are above 8o degrees. Cool air, even cold (above freezing) air, is much easier to breathe.

AMAZING HOW A LITTLE WEATHER CHANGE can change your mental attitude, sometimes for better, sometimes for worst.


Jinksy said...

I'm a heat hater, too, but my top max temperature for comfort is only a measly 70°F - and the less, the better!

Arkansas Patti said...

I don't have COPD but the heat lately has made it difficult to breathe comfortably. I can't imagaine how it must affect you.
Do be carefully.
Yesterday's break from the hundreds was just wonderful. I actually went outside for long periods.
Nineties are almost jacket weather these days.
Enjoy another day of it with some more rain today--hope I hope.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

You are certainly right about how certain weather happenings can change your whole attitude because just the thought of rain here gets me so excited. lol
We are still in the worse drought I have lived thru and every night I pray for some relief.
The grounds here are cracking so bad I too am afraid of falling again.
When temps reach 105 I wish you did not have to get out it could really be too much for you.
Take care honey

CHERI said...

Sorry I haven't written in awhile. I've been tied up with several things and no chance to blog. The weather here has been hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry. It's been 105-110 with the heat index more often than I want to brag about! Today we finally got a good rain shower of 3 inches...what a blessing! You take care and keep cool!

faye said...

I don't care for hot weather..
my comfort zone is about 68°...
I should live in Alaska instead of Florida...

faye said...

I think my comment was gobbled up by
blogger... maybe it was reading about that hot weather and high
gas prices...

Pat - Arkansas said...

I enjoyed the Wednesday evening sprinkle, although ours came earlier in the day, accompanied by high winds. There was some minor tree damage, mostly Bradford Pears, which are notorious for splitting under any sort of wind. Saw several limbs down. We had a pretty good 'light show,' too. I enjoyed the (all too brief) cool-down. It's an Arkansas July as usual this morning.

Amber Star said...

I'm so envious of your rain! It has been so long since we've had rain I can't remember, but the weather this morning said this will be the 15th consecutive day over 100. Yesterday was 107. I'm ready to move up north or something.

I've been inside most of the time so haven't had too much of a hard time breathing, but the heat does sort of take your breath away.

Hope all gets better for you and the humidity drops.

Anonymous said...

I can't go outside in this heat. And humidity and pollution. I was just at the doctor this morning and she told me to stay indoors for at least the next 7 days. So I am.

Liz said...

I could never cope with that heat! I do admire you.

Lisa said...

I like the hot weather IF I have air condition and a pool...:) NO! just kidding ...i really don't find it to bad. My husband on the other hand IS just miserable!!!when it is hot.

PS~ forgive me for not coming by sooner. I went out of town when my uncle died to his funeral and have not had a chance to catch up with all my blogging friends until now.