Sunday, August 14, 2016

Outside In



Baby, it is hot, hot, hot, but I am doing OK.

The thermometer is reading 100F, the relative humidity is 93%, and it is not a good day to work or even sit outside.   Breathing becomes an issue and I have always thought that taking a breath consistently is good for my health.  I did go out yesterday to pick some tomatoes and fix some plants but when the shade moved, so did I.  It took me a good half hour to recover from my fifteen minutes in the backyard. So, unless it is a matter of great importance for me to move, I will be relaxing on the couch with a cold glass of ice tea in my hand and my sweet Daisy at my side, enjoying my deck garden in all its glory, from the cool, comfortable inside. How wonderful is air conditioning!


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  1. Love your deck - and that you can enjoy it from the cool sanctuary of an air-conditioned room.

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    1. In this heat, there is no other place to be. I am grateful for this wonderful luxury.

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  2. Air it is. And may those who must work in this heat be safe.

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    1. In my former working life, I had to send men on hot industrial roofs to fix a/c units. I hated doing that and worried all the time about them. We tried to schedule those jobs for the early AM, but sometimes that was not possible. It was a difficult job, both in summer and winter.

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  3. Good for you--inside is the place to be. We are about 90 degrees and I'm only in and out when I have to be.

    Jane

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    1. I do hate to be stuck inside, but the survival instinct is a powerful motivator.

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  4. When heat such as that hits, I can see no good reason to move about...so I don't! And I make no excuses or apologies to anyone else for not moving around. Stay cool!

    And if anyone says you should do otherwise...tell them where to go...or refer them to me! :)

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    1. My feeling is that if someone is out, they are all alone. Today, the forecast is the same except the humidity is a little lower. Some rain came our way last night and that was a relief.

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  5. What a lovely, cool view you have over your deck. I just did a conversion to celsius and that is way too hot.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. The flowers look good because The Retired Man watered them at 6 am.

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  6. I totally agree with you about the heat, and being inside with air conditioning! How did we ever manage without it? Stay cool! :-)

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    1. I remember that when I was a kid, we had one small fan and we were very grateful for that. Going to the movies was such a treat because that was where there would be a/c.

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  7. I look forward to summer all through autumn, winter, and spring; then when it's too hot I have to stay indoors. No logic.

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  8. I delight in how your window and deck give onto a lovely yard. Humidity must keep things green. 104F here today but dry and breezy. Our back doorknob is nearly too hot to touch after noon, so I stay in.

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    1. I am surprised, Geo, that it is so hot in your beautiful part of our country. I hope it gets cooler for you soon.

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  9. I worry about the flowers up North, they are not the kind to survive with such heat and little rain. Yes, stay inside and stay cool.

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    1. Colette, I have lost long-standing bushes and plants that have died this summer due to all this heat and little rain. I, or The Retired Man have watered most days, but we couldn't keep them alive. Although disappointed at first about losing them, I am now thinking about what's new to plant in their spaces.

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  10. Wow that IS hot. We've had a couple of lovely sunny days too. Can't work out in the heat though, stayed indoors reading blogs this afternoon so really nice.

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    1. This is my third day of staying mostly indoors and it is getting old. I did take a short walk tonight and although still hot, it was good.

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  11. Exactly! Summer is just too much to take. I can't believe I used to survive it without A/C (about 8 or 9 years ago). Now I can't even brave the outside at all. I'm just hiding in here, watching TV and sucking down cold drinks, praying for fall.

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    1. It's the humidity that gets to me. However, I still love summer and all the good things it brings.

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  12. In the UK we are having a much more comfortable heatwave. Hearing of temperatures in Fahrenheit is nostalgic now; (we are completely into Centigrade/Celsius) currently around 78F but we had 91F a few weeks ago. London does not get too many extremes of hot or cold.
    I would definitely do what you are doing but possibly with a cold beer! Keep on with the breathing thing.
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  13. 78 F is perfect for a summer day, Bazza. I am hoping that temperatures like that soon come our way.

    My husband would agree with you on your choice of beverage.

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  14. We don't have much really hot weather in England but I am always sorry for those who do. I hear the temperatures are up in the 110s in parts of the Middle East, as if there was not enough trouble going on for some of the poor people there.

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    1. It has been very hot here lately for long stretches of time but I am not complaining about it because so many people have it much worse. Our south is having floods, our midwest is having tornadoes, and the west is having fires. Many of us here have air conditioning or places we can go that are cooler. For that, we are very lucky.

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  15. Oh what a pretty deck!! Whacha got growing out there? Glad you liked the pretty lil cottage--- looked like something from a storybook so i had to photograph it and shate it!!

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    1. They are mostly sun impatiens, geraniums, callies, and some interesting Elephant ear plants.

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  16. Even though I love the sunlight of day, oh . . . how I love the shade!

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  17. Way too hot! I shall always remember pushing my one year old son to the supermarket in the suburbs of Toronto many years ago in similar heat and humidity. I found out that day why everyone drives...

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    1. Yes, Marianne, the a/c blowing in your face on a super hot day is a beautiful thing.

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  18. Good for you, that's the only way in the heat. It's the same here, except the heat is dry, which is much better. But the air is filled with smoke from fires in our county and the very large one in San Bernadino county. I'm staying in too.

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    1. The heat is not comfortable, Inger, but it is the humidity that takes the breath out of you.

      The fires in CA are horrendous, I do pray that they come no where near you.

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  19. It's been bloody hot here, too, so I literally feel your pain. When we went to the flea market last weekend, it was 98 degrees, with very little shade. I usually avoid the heat as much as possible, but Smarticus was getting cabin fever. He, however, can handle the heat much better than I can. I'm happily holed up in the house now. And I agree... thank God for air conditioning!

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    1. Yes, bloody hot is the perfect description. However, I would take this weather over single digit temperatures and a foot of snow any day.

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  20. Keep cool and keep breathing! Much as I love sunshine your current weather sounds just too much. Our temperate heat wave is over and it has rained solidly all day - just the thing for the garden!

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    1. We have had very high temperatures this summer, but it is summer and it comes with the season. However, this year Mother Nature is having a hot flash over our part of the world. Hopefully she will will take a pill and some cool air will come our way.

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  21. Hope the temperatures have settled down somewhat. Heat kills me, I hardly move at all after midday and not again until about 6pm.

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    1. Yes, we are having a break this week and the past few days have been absolutely lovely. I am greatfull for this reprieve.

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  22. Glad you liked that post, I love walking the old alleys. I didn't know you were near Philadelphia.......Please post about the city sometime--would love to see it!

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    1. I live out in the suburbs of Philly and go into the city (via train) around once a month. I love being in the country, but also appreciate being close (enough) to a large, important city)

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  23. WE used the AC more this year than the last three years combined. What a summer.

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    1. Same here. I fear getting this month's electric bill. It should be a doozy.

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  24. What a lovely deck, I wish I had one like that. That humidity with that heat must be brutal. I so hope it has cooled off by now.


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    1. It is getting better now, the humidity has gone down and I can go outside again.

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  25. It's been a steam oven here too. I'm so happy we're heading into September! Stay cool and enjoy your sweet home.
    x

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    1. I don't like this heat, Laura, but the end of summer makes me sad.

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  26. It was the same for me. I realized I was the senior citizen with breathing issues that the Health Dept. was telling to stay inside. I'm glad it's cooler now. I'm with you. I love the autumn, but don't like the season that follows.

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    1. I never paid attention to those announcements, Carol, but this year I did.

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  27. so glad you dropped in! Looks like you were the first to read my post about Miss Lois and I'm so glad you enjoyed it my friend! I loved learning about her and how things were back then. You're so right......it was so so different. You would never get me into a corset!! ha ha LOL such..........torture. But that was the "normal" back then. I see some of today's celebrities such as the Kim kardash woman is wearing the corsets now...and calling "waist training" or something. Well, anyway, so glad you liked the post.

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  28. Hi Arleen,

    Shows you how out of it I am. It only took me three weeks to get to your post.

    I certainly hope it's not as hot there as it was. Makes breathing so much easier.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, Arleen.

    Enjoy your long weekend.

    Gary

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    1. I hope that this trip back to Canada, Gary, will give you enough wonderful memories to make what happened the last month fade away.

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    2. Hi Arleen,

      That's very kind of you. Thank you and yes, wonderful memories will make that awful farce fade away.

      Gary

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  29. When I was growing up there was no air conditioning in the average home. What a blessing to have it now!

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    1. Having air conditioning has been a necessity these past few months. It certainly has been A Long Hot Summer.

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  30. Arleen, I also have trouble being out in really hot and humid weather. Unfortunately, lately I've been turning into Goldilocks when it comes to air-conditioning, as I'm either too hot or too cold. Just last week I had to be bundled up in a blanket at the dentist's office. You'd think I was 102! So I'll gladly join you on the couch with my warm socks and robe when it's 90 degrees outside, just in case there's a slight draft.

    Julie

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    1. I hate extremes, Julie. I like to be regular in all things.

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  31. Air conditioning is such a help when the weather is dangerously hot and humid, and yes, it has been the same here in Montreal, Canada, over this summer. I am thankful to be having cooler and more comfortable temperatures, as I love to take long walks in nature and it was too dangerous to do this with the extreme heat and humidity.

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    1. I am surprised to read that it is so hot in Canada. I always think to go north when escaping the heat.

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  32. I hope that by now it is cooler your way. Here it is still going to be in the 90s this week – I think we have had high 80-mid 90 weather for over 80 days. I am looking forward to the fall. Once used to air-conditioning, it’s pretty hard to be without it. Your deck looks lovely.

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    1. It is a little better now, but next week will be better. It might even be sweater weather.

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  33. It's still hot as hades here too! 90's this weekend... it's hard to buy a pumpkin for my porch when it's this hot! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I see people displaying pumpkins outside now and it just seems wrong. Poor pumpkins.

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  34. PS to your comment on my post about cyclamen: there are indoor and outdoor varieties, which will not tolerate each other’s temperature preferences. I’ve added a PS on the post.

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    1. Thanks, Friko. Next spring, I will look for the outdoor ones. I really appreciate your help as I love that plant. I have lost quite a few perennials this summer because of the heat and little rain, so I will now have space to plant the cyclamen

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  35. It is still hot down here in Florida too but mornings and evenings you can feel a slight "chill" in the air in the 70s or 80s.

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