It is FREAKING HOT….and it is just the beginning

So, I live in one of those U.S. states that is close enough to the equator….for me to hate July and August…sometimes even June and September. You can only be outside for about 15 to 30 minutes before you can’t stand it anymore. If you have to be out longer you better have sun screen, a hat, some shade to rest in, a gallon of water, and a gallon of Gatorade. You need something to replace the electrolytes you are sweating out……and Gatorade at least tastes good. Even then you have to be careful of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Soooooo, I just walked my dogs….one at a time since they are crazy when together. It takes over an hour to get the job done. When you first step outside it’s like….’this isn’t too bad’……WRONG. At that point you are standing still…and you still feel cool from the air conditioned room you just stepped out of. I use the phrase air conditioned but it is still only cooled down to 78 or 79 degrees. When that temp feels good, you know it is HOT outside. One hundred steps from your door and you are sweating already. So as soon as I got home, I had to change out of my now gross clothes. The Humidity here in July normally runs between 80 and 95 %. Add that to temps of the low to mid 90’s and you feel like a lobster thrown into a stock pot. Gross.

Sometimes you have 4 different pairs of clothes a day. First there is the walk the dogs in the morning clothes. Humidity is the worst in the morning. Then you have your work clothes. There are the walk the dogs after work clothes, then the dry around the house clothes. You probably also have pajamas so we are up to 5.

While a large part of the world has 4 seasons, this state has only 2. Summer and Hurricane. The Summer season and Hurricane season happen to also overlap. Some years we may have a couple weeks of Autumn in December and January and might have a week or two of spring in February. The rest of the year is either Summer, Hurricane season, or both.

Right now we are in month 2 of the 2019 Hurricane season. One of our neighboring states just had a Cat 1 Hurricane a couple of days ago. They are a very WET state right now.

I’ll post the info for Hurricane ratings soon. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale….in case you are interested and feel like playing with Google.

I’ve been through a few Cat 1, 2, and 3s. We were skirted by a few Cat 4s, and we’ve had a couple 5s do our state some significant damage.

Evacuating is an exercise in frustration so we normally don’t do it. There are only a few roads going North out of the state, which is the way you have to go in an evacuation. I don’t want to be stuck on the road during the actual storm. At home I have food, water, a generator, hurricane shuttered windows, my dogs….my bed….and privacy.

Anyway, I am waiting to see how this year’s Hurricane / Summer / Hurricane season treats us.

Author: jen

I am the first child of 5. 2 of those siblings are half sisters and 2 are half brothers. I have 2 adult children and 3 dogs. CRAZY, CRAZY dogs. I obsessively collect orchids. Not really pretty orchids.....I feel bad for the sickly orchids you see at your local grocery store or gas station. I get those and try to nurse them back to health. UGGH, I am a glutton for punishment.

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