Summertime whinge

How many blog posts can I dedicate toward complaining about the heat?

The answer is all of them this summer.  And every summer thereafter.

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The high today is 100 and it’s in the high 90s for the rest of the week.  And of course it’s only going to get hotter for the next two months.  Summer has been here in Texas but it’s officially getting gross outside.  I was in London last week and coming out of the tube station, I was hit with a blast of fresh, cool air that I thought must have been the air con.  Nope, it was just how the temperature felt outside.  How lucky that the entire country is set up to feel like an air conditioned room in the summertime.  How depressing it was to land back in Dallas and step out of the plane into the baking heat.

We bought an inflatable pool for the dog to cool off in but only Bryan and I have been using it.  The dog thinks it’s a giant water bowl and refuses to lay down in it.  Even he won’t spend any time outside during the day, choosing the early mornings and evenings to sit under awning and watch the squirrels.

Everything at the barn is gross and sticky and sweaty.  I picked up this new LeMieux carbon mesh, techy-looking saddle pad that is supposed to breathe better.  I took a risk ordering the white one but so far, it’s been washing quite nicely and comes out looking like new after every wash.  Mae’s dark bay coat is getting sun bleached, as it does every summer.  We’re both covered with dust and ready for a water break after each ride.

The one thing that is thriving in the heat are my plants.  Every May Day, Amy mails me a packet of seeds and the ones I got this year were a “salsa mix.”  I’m not quite sure which plants are what kinds of peppers but boy are they loving the summer heat.  They revel in the direct sunlight and we constantly have to keep watering them.  We’ve repotted them twice already and I have over 50 of them, so I need to figure out where they’re all going to go.  Hopefully by the time fall rolls around, we’ll have home grown peppers!

So if you want to know where to find me this summer, it’s either going to be inside eating popsicles or outside in the Bowie’s water bowl.


Comments

  1. It's been super hot here too, but man...after being in Florida, I totally get the kind of heat you guys down there get. Ack! Gotta admit, our winters are soooooo long that I don't mind the 40 degree heat we've been getting.:D

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    1. That's true - you've got to enjoy it while you have it. Do houses up there have AC?

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  2. Wow, I definitely don't miss the Texas heat! It always made me feel like I was living in a sauna!

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  3. Nice, home grown peppers! We can't get sun dried peppers here and it would be cool to make chili oil for pizza nights. Hope the weather gets better. We have suffered extreme summer heat here..so much our t-shirts are soaked all the time but the monsoon season that we have now is such a great treat.

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    1. Phew, it's nice to get a break. We need some rain!

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  4. Stay cool my friend - we used to use these for hiking but they work well for riding too. https://www.rei.com/product/691097/kafkas-kool-tie

    Homegrown peppers sound lovely!

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    1. That is a brilliant suggestion - thank you!

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  5. I love that you use the term whinge which I only hear from my hubby and his family (All brits HA) and also laughed out loud at you and Bryan using Bowie's 'water bowl/tub' to sit in since he won't! UGH heat. Sucks
    we had a couple days of 70s and i couldnt figure out what to do with it cause it poured the whole time. Seems like we never get just cool days with sun anymore :) HA Glad your plants are thriving at least!

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    1. The other day, we emptied the pool and dragged it into the shade. The dog finally lay down in it without water. Smh...

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  6. It's been super hot here, too. We're supposed to have a heat index in the low 100s today and I totally support any complaints you might have!

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    1. LOL we've been making fun of everyone up north who says it's 90 degrees but FEELS like 110 because they're so not used to it

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    2. Hot here too! We don't usually go up to the hundreds but this last week has been brutal.
      We're headed to London at the end of the week and looking forward to the cooler temps just not the rain.

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    3. Enjoy the trip and stay cool!

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