Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Insanity of Summer Heat

Quick, get me a cold lemonade, I think I'm going to melt!

People, it’s been 100 degrees here for going on three days; the heat index is 109. It’s nasty-I-can’t-breathe-hot. Now, we Southerners are born and bred in the heat and we can handle it -- for the most part. In the same way that people from Maine or Minnesota are often called “ a hardy lot,” for withstanding the cold, Southerners don’t wilt too easily in the summer heat. Or so we like to think. Eventually, the heat makes many of us go mad. That’s why every Southerner has a crazy old aunt or uncle. We often refer to them as “colorful” or “eccentric.” But, really, they’re crazy as loons and the heat has a lot to do with it. So does the bourbon.

While I bathe in the Kentucky heat, Hubby is in Colorado on business where it’s in the 80s with no humidity. Fine, go get your Rocky-Mountain-high on, see if I care. He’ll be singing a different tune when he’s in Atlanta next week. Paybacks are hell, darlin.’

Perhaps if I focus really hard, I can will the early arrival of cooler, crisper weather. Because, quite frankly, living on the surface of the sun is growing quite old. Didn’t I have a similar rant about the endless winter just a few short months ago? Nah, that wasn’t me.

Anyhoo, try to stay cool, folks, and sane, as best you can. :)
Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Living


Teresa Hatfield said...

I am with you, dear! Hot in Montgomery too! Terrible. I could crawl into that photograph. Love this!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

bevy said...

I always so summertime in South Carolina is like trying to breathe in pudding the air is so thick!

Tessa said...

It's bad here in Cincinnati too. Our poor lawn and plants look worse for wear. I told my children we need to start doing a rain dance. Hang in there. Thank goodness for AC.

Carly said...

I try to not wish away the Summer, but at this point it's ridiculous! I'm in Charleston and every time you walk outside it's like a hot sauna.

High Heeled Life said...

If its any comfort - in Southwestern Canada - it has been reaching similar temps ~ I'm ready for Autumn... HHL

Kerr said...

I feel your pain. The humidity is killing me.

Out Of A Bandbox said...

We've had a 9 day string of 100+ degree days in my Southern state. It's like breathing under water!

Thank goodness for the man who invented refrigerated air!

Metropolitan Mum said...

I am sitting on my hands to stop them from freezing off me. Do I need to say more?
PS: Lovely new layout!

Jessi said...

I've been hiding out inside and drinking tons of water! Our energy bill is not going to be pretty this month! ;)

Jo said...

Yep, it's been a HOT summer here in CT too ~ my new love is AC! We've hit a few new highs this year.

I'm praying things cool down before school start. I don't have air conditioning in my classroom and it gets ugly fast!


kayce hughes said...

With the combo of back to school shopping and the heat insanity is looking good.

myletterstoemily said...

i'm a sweltering southerner, too. we
should be immune, but i think that
air conditioning has made us a little

i'm thinking about pulling out my fall
decor to try and trick myself into a
cooler shade of mind.

i feel bad for your husband to have
to do business when in the loveliest
place on earth.

EntertainingMom said...

Pea Soup here in CT... 90s and like 100% humidity. I am so ready for fall!

Lily Lemontree said...

There is nothing like complaining about the weather! I am with you sister, I think I have had just about enough! Can't wait for the cooler weather (but not too cool, mind you!)
How is your mom coming along?
Hope all is well with you!

Lisa said...

I hear ya sister! My mother calls it "glowing"...or "I'm havin the vapors!" is hot no matter what you call it.
Love visiting you too!
xo Lisa