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April 25th, 2010


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04:00 pm - New Season
Here in the subtropics, the season of Heat and Humidity has arrived. Yes, yesterday afternoon at 5:15, the air-conditioning kicked on with a growl, a puff of mold-smell (and probably actual mold), and the grim understanding that it'll be working until October, if not November.

La, oh yes, la.

The Blonde Dog of the House is less than amused by the new season, esp as she has not yet been groomed with the magic tool-to-thin-out-the-undercoat. She has moved to her summertime resting places -- the tile floor of the back bathroom, the den behind the chest of drawers in my bedroom, and of course the prime position in front of the fan whenever it's on.

I'm less than amused too, but we persevere. It's also iced tea season, after all. It's the season of the morning walk before seven, the season of the occasional Corona (a six-pack bought a month ago and untouched in the fridge, waiting for the turn), the season of salads. In a month or so, it'll be the season of afternoon rain, steam hissing up from concrete, the rattle of water in the drainpipe, the long low grumble of thunder a few miles away.

I'll enjoy all of those once I crawl out of the current flood of work and black-dogging, anyway. So let me ask you -- what do YOU enjoy about the season of heat?

Cheers and enjoyment, no matter where you find it!

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From:stevie_carroll
Date:April 25th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
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I enjoy the longer days: the fact that it's still warm and light outside long after I've finished at the day-job for the evening.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a good reason for enjoyment. :-)

Happy lengthening of the light to you!
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From:mamculuna
Date:April 25th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I enjoy everything! Warm nights, when you can go swimming after dark and not get cold. Nice loose muscles in yoga.Wearing minimum clothes, not tons of sweaters and jackets and socks that take hours to put on. Eating on the porch. Basil, eggplant,peppers, tomatoes, daylilies in the garden. Brown skin and streaked hair. Days that are still light after 8:30. And I"m probably the only person in the world whose hair is better in humidity! Everything!


I actually had the AC on for a day or two around Easter, but now am at the beach where it's cooler, so not starting it up here. We often don't need it here until July--sea breezes are wonderful.

But the floofy cat may get her stomach clipped this year, because back inland she's already sleeping on her back, a sure sign that the fur's getting to be too much.

Edited at 2010-04-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Clearly, clearly, you live in the best place for you! Hurrah for a perfect match. :-)

Happy week in the sunshine!
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From:mamculuna
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm a case of evoluntionary adaptation, I think! Enjoy your warm weather, if you can.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
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It's hard for me to enjoy warm weather, but we persevere. ;-)
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From:stateless82
Date:April 25th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Here? I enjoy air conditioning.

Up home, there were open windows, screened in porches. Walks after dinner where you'd see everyone in the village sitting on the front steps, keeping an eye on the kids playing in the streets. Going for ice cream and driving around the back roads while eating it. The smell of the breeze off the river, long twilights, and buying fresh vegetables from roadside stands.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
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What a lovely evocation of a Northern summer! [applauds you heartily]

[sends good thoughts for good memories and a better week]
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From:paratti
Date:April 25th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Shares the fresh breezes.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, to be in England now that spring-into-summer's here.... Enjoy for me, L! :-)

[hugs and a good week]
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From:anne_d
Date:April 26th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
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Of the season of heat, I enjoy... well, actually nothing. I grew up in So Cal, and I've never liked the hot smoggy summers here, especially growing up in a house with no air conditioning. But we have family here, and the husband's job is here, so here we stay.

No, I take that back - I enjoy Sam Adams Summer Ale, although I haven't bought any yet this year. I wonder if it's available yet?

I also enjoy reading your poetic post about summer's heat.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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I sympathize with the dislike for summer -- but I hope that Summer Ale, maybe some nice time in the shade, and adequate fans will make this summer better for you!

[hugs and a good week]
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From:anne_d
Date:April 26th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Our house has AC, but my mom's doesn't, so let's just hope I don't have to spend this summer up there. Fortunately she has good caregiver people, so she shouldn't need me to be there full-time. Last summer was... let's just say I never want a year like that again, for any of us.

I must put Summer Ale on the shopping list.

Have a good Monday. [returns hugs, with interest]
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From:gwynnega
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
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I do love the longer days.

Then again, we're supposed to have another blast of cool weather this week--such weird weather!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
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We'll have a little cooler weather mid-week, the forecasters say... but I'll believe it when I feel it. ;-)

Happy week (with long days), Gwynne! [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
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L, I have every sympathy with your less than enthusiastic response to humidity, oh my, yes. ;-) But your list of good things is glorious.

Happy week, and hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
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I love that the air gets warm, which means I can sit in the shade and not freeze. And I adore the two weeks in July when I don't have to worry about wearing a sweater in the morning.

Being able to eat fresh stuff from the garden is also a great.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Summer in a northern climate is so different from the subtropics! It's always cool to remember that, and your answer is a great reminder. :-)

Warmth and a good week to you!
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From:headrush100
Date:April 26th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Any season which includes iced tea cannot be all bad! For me, yes, iced tea also, and being able to sit outdoors with the cats on my lap and Bonnie at my side, enjoying the garden and the scent of new-mown grass. Seeing the cats worship the sun, and Bonnie peeking out from the cool bushes. Sitting out in the evenings, with the smell of damp earth and, yes, distant rumbles of thunder. Wimbledon. Holidays! Seeing my seedlings grow and bloom. Eating tomatoes I've grown. Ice cream. I would love the a/c, if we had it. One summer sound I miss so much since leaving Virginia is the sound of crickets at night. I do miss that something fierce.

**hugs**
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a wonderful list -- and a very English one. I'm just a little envious!

Hugs and a good week, Head Rush!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:April 27th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Iced tea, definitely (Earl Grey for choice) and the feeling of a cat stretched out in the sun.

Our season was turning yesterday (lovely, sunny 70 degrees) but has now turned back with a sudden drenching rainstorm, not the warm kind you get in the subtropics.

However, when our thermometer hits 100 in the second half of the summer I will be quite wistful for the chill again.

Cheers and a raised iced tea!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 27th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Earl Grey iced can be delightful!

Good thoughts and cheers for the best parts of summer, and for as few 100-degree days as possible.

Happy middle of the week! [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:April 28th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
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[offers you more sandals, and perhaps a towel or two]

The cool part of the world always sounds so attractive to me. :-)

Hugs and late-April showers and tea, Rainkatt!

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