Thanks Juno, the temp here has been going up to 99 with a heat index of
103 - 105. It's supposed to be cooler today with a temp of only 90-----we
will see...... It is supposed to be a little cooler the next few days.
Hope others are doing OK in all this heat. I've been staying inside, mostly
because I've had an infection and can't get around very well without my
walking stick. I'm somewhat better today and not in very much pain.
Barbara in SC
Today is the first day I've been out in a quite a while. DS goes to work
and stops on his way home for groceries and other necessary items, while I
stay inside the house.
Today, I had an appt with the podiatrist for the results of the P. A. D.
test; he said I had no blockage, which I was very happy to know.
Afterwards I went to the beauty shop; she trimmed several inches off, since
it had been so long since I had gone.
Then I decided while out in this heat, I'd go to Jo-Ann's; what a waste of
time & energy. Of course, it might have been better if they had not been
remodeling, but I seriously doubt it. The only thing I bought was a yard of
their best grade of white muslin.
There is a new restaurant that opened near by in our neighborhood and DS
thought since we were out, we should eat there; Cheddar's. It was delicious
food, I had chicken pot pie and he had shepherd's pie. With the salad, they
served a croissant, dipped in honey. That was so good, we bought a couple
home for breakfast tomorrow.
We got home about 6:00 and both fell asleep in our recliners, under the
ceiling fan. I woke up with a horrific headache, I suppose because of the
heat, but it's gone now at 11:00.
I hope all the others are well, and staying inside during the hottest part
of the day.
I've been spending a lot of time inside. (contemplating the appropriateness
of laying on the kitchen tile naked actually. Hey, it seems to keep the dog
cool!!) I hate having to keep the drapes closed, but I've been doing that
too. It helps.
We've been at or above 100 degrees for over 3 weeks now. We've been
averaging 105 for the last two weeks straight Last Wednesday, we hit 111
degrees. . That's actual temperature, not including the heat index. The
heat index has been averaging about 7 or 8 degrees higher than the actual
temperature. That's really low humidity for here, actually. We've been
having grass fires all over too. One really bad one was set by kids with
bottle rockets. Some others they suspect were cigarettes tossed out of car
windows. Fortunately, we've not had any of that really close to us!! We broke every record temperature for July except one. We did
NOT hit 120 degrees which is the all time highest recorded temperature for
the entire state of Arkansas. I'm happy to let that one stand. I don't
know how many times we broke the daily record high, but there were a bunch;
we also set the record for number of days at or above 100 degrees for the
month of July. Usually we don't get above 100 till August.
My garden is pitiful. :( I've been watering about an hour a night, just
after dark. That's keeping things going, but barely. And you really don't
want to see my water bill. *sigh* Also, the electric company has asked
people to cut usage during the peak hours (1 pm - 7 pm.) They asked we not
do laundry, or operate other "large appliances." So no cooking in the oven,
etc. They said that if enough people faild to comply with that request,
they would have to start implementing rolling blackouts lasting at least 2
hours at a time. I'm rather offended at the threatening tone they took with
that, but I'm fine with skipping laundry. ;)
Now for the good news, we got RAIN yesterday. Pretty good storm rolled
through in the afternoon. Then we had rain and storms on and off all night
and into this morning. It was glorious!!!!! It was only 70 degrees at 6:00
this morning!!! (we've been in the middle to upper 80's by 5:00 or 6:00 for
the last 3 weeks.) They say rain on and off for the next 3 days. I'm so
hopeful they are correct. The bermuda grass is all brown. The trees are
starting to drop leaves. It's just awful. This was the first really good
rain we've had since the end of May/first of June. It was tempting to go
out and dance in it. ;) There was lightning too though, so I stayed inside.
The local weather guys have baked cookies on the dashboard of a car; grilled
chicken on the hood of a car; and fried eggs on the dashboard of a car. The
eggs and chicken breasts cooked through in the 90 minutes of evening news.
The cookies were close to being done, but not quite.
So.... It's been a little warm. ;) Thanks for thinking of me!!!!
We've been threatened with "rolling black-outs" recently, as you said,
Sharon; none have materialized yet, but we had them in CA and a couple days
here in past years.
We did have a few short showers of about 10-20 minutes once in a while, in
different areas of Houston, but not ever enough to help anything.
And we've been asked not to use appliances between 1 p.m. And 7 p.m.; one
reporter mentioned not using computers, too.
Yesterday, it was announced that the temperatures would not reach 3-digits
today; it would only be 99; DS & I had a good laugh.
I imagine you've come up with various ways to beat the heat. It's been
in the 90s here, not nearly so bad as some of you have gotten, plus it's
really, really dry. We haven't turned on the a/c yet this summer, but I
am taking advantage of the desert temp drops during the night. I use
window fans to pull in the chilly night air - which is in the high 50s,
low 60s most nights. I keep a spray bottle of water nearby - for cat
discipline and to spritz my face, neck and shoulders from time to time.
The cats think I'm crazy, punishing myself that way! A cool shower or
tub bath is very pleasant, too. If I were younger and slimmer, I might
get one of those kiddy pools and plop it in the yard, in a shady spot.
No need to tell you to keep drinking fluids -- water, iced tea, whatever
you prefer, just push liquids.
"mamahays" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
Oh dear, I don't know what I would do if I lived in such a climate. I guess,
drop dead, with my overweight and ozone sensitivity and all. I wonder how
you can stand that but then, it's amazing what human beings can stand if
they have to. Hat off! Glad you got a little rain; I hope though that it
doesn't make the heat humid. Anyway, how are your linens? Must be whiter
than white now. ;-)
I had to run an errand this afternoon in the unbearable heat. When I
returned home, I drank about 20-ozs water and a nice, hot cup of coffee.
Let's just say, I like coffee anytime of the day, month or year, hot or cold
Well, when we were in the middle of the Big Heat, our over night temps were
in the middle 80's. This last week though, has been great. We finally got
some rain. For the months of June and July combined we got 1.3" of rain.
Yes, I said "Combined." So far, over the last week, we've had 3.75" of
rain. :) That cooled us down quite nicely. Saturday night and Sunday night
the lows were right around 60 degrees. And the humidity was low too, with a
nice breeze. I opened the house up and got some fresh air in here. :) Last
night the humidity started back up and we had some storms all around us
starting about 4 AM. (which was when there was a HUGE clap of thunder that
made me and the dog both jump about 2' in the air!!!) Temps are supposed to
creep back up this week. But they think we will only be right at 100
degrees. Not 110 or 115 like before.
But, the sewing room is a really small room and it stays very well air
conditioned. :) It's all fine.
I do drink a lot of water. But there is a limit to what you should drink.
One of my friends found out that if you drink too much water, you can
actually flush too much sodium out of you system. Then you wind up with all
manner of motor coordination issues among other things. And a trip to the
ER. It's a bit of a balancing act.
We all (even the kids) know the signs of heat distress. First is usually a
headache. Then you will have some dizziness and/or flashing colors/lights
around the edge of your vision especially if you get up quickly. If you
stop sweating, you're really in trouble. We take care to do outside things
either in the morning before about 10, or of an evening after about 7. We
have daylight till after 9 usually. So there's plenty of time to do things
outside away from the hottest part of the day. Too, before we got the rain,
it was so dry here, we not only had bans on outdoor burning, we weren't
supposed to do any mowing or anything like that. It can cause a spark which
is all it takes to start a grass fire. Not that any of the grass was growing
enough to need mowed, but........ ;)
Me too, Emily. ;) The guy at Starbuck's looked at me funny when I ordered a
mocha yesterday afternoon. DD and I were out shopping so we stopped in
there as a treat. He asked me if I wanted it cold, and I said no. He was
kind of puzzled. lol
We've had 16-days straight of 100 or above temperatures with night temps in
the mid-80s and no relief in sight.
After we returned home Sunday afternoon, a big dark cloud came up, it began
thundering, though I saw no lightning. We thought certainly it would rain;
Yes? No! It was not even measureable, a light shower, little more than a
sprinkle of maybe 10-12 minutes.
Aw!! Doggone it!!!!! Not fair when Mother Nature teases like that. :( I
think the air finally gets so dry it doesn't matter if it rains, it all
evaporates before it gets to the ground. They were talking on our local
news this morning about how many days in a row Houston has been at or above
100. It was in the vein of "I know it's bad here, but it's worse in
Houston. Doesn't that make you feel better?" Now we just have to find
somewhere that's been hotter, longer than y'all and see if it works for you
too!! No, I didn't think that would make you feel any better than it did
me. It was great to have highs in the upper 80's and low 90s last week.
Yesterday and today it was 100 again. They say tomorrow will be even
I figure in a few months, we'll be complaining 'cause it's cold. LOL