Heating up

(Bagpiper in the sun. June 2008. © Robin)

I know I said I’d be posting desert photos. And I will. Really. But I don’t think I have enough for both blogs to last more than a week or two, so I’ve decided to fit in other photos that represent HOT to me.

I took this photo of one of the bagpipers at the Irish Festival in Cuyahoga Falls in June. It was a warm day (the temp was in the 80’s). What I think made it brutal for the pipe and drum folks was that they had to stand on the concrete with the sun shining down upon them. You could see them heating up as their set went on. Worse yet, they’re standing right in front of one of those concessions that deep fries everything (including Snickers Bars and Twinkies). There had to be additional heat coming from that direction.

It’s not quite so hot here in the Bogs today. It’s about 80 degrees, but the humidity has taken a hike and there’s a nice breeze ‘a blowin’. The perfect day for hanging out laundry, something I did earlier.

The iron supplements must have kicked in because I’m filled with energy today. It’s as if someone supercharged me. I’ve been on a cleaning streak, starting with the kitchen. I got word today that the peppers will be ready to pick on Monday and that means the freezing and canning really goes into full force. I’d like to start out with a clean kitchen. It seems like it’s been a while since my home has had a good cleaning. We’ve had so much going on that I either haven’t had the time or it wasn’t worth the effort. Various remodeling projects as well as M the Younger’s move kept the place in chaos for a while.

This is a good weekend to air and clean the house out.  I’m off to a good start.



(Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. April 2008. © Robin)

The August NaBloPoMo theme is HOT.

I’m not sure I’ll manage to post every day for the entire month, but it will give me a chance to finally post some of the photos I took during out last trip out west. It was the first time that M and I had ever been to a desert.

In case it needs to be said, it’s true what they say about the desert. It’s hot and dry.

We were lucky, though. It wasn’t as hot then as it gets during the summer months. I think it was in the 80’s that day. It’s currently 115 degrees there. Now that’s HOT.

There were still some flowers blooming in the desert when M and I paid a visit. Some were very tiny and you had to really be looking to see them. Others were more showy. Either big or bright or both.

Now that we’re more or less into the dog days of summer, I’m not sure I want to be reminded on a daily basis about the heat. It’s 86 degrees here today. But it doesn’t feel too bad as the other two H’s of summer are not really present. (The three H’s of summer are: Hot, Hazy, and Humid. We usually associate that with what our local weather people call the Bermuda High, but it isn’t always necessary for the three H set-up.)

If I get tired of the heat, perhaps I’ll post some snow pictures. I certainly have plenty of those.