It’s mid-May and we’ve already broken into triple digits around here. I’ve never looked forward to the summers, but at least one could count on a few more days of bearable warm weather, followed by hotter weather in June and don’t leave the house after 7:00 am, set the air to 75 degrees, park in the shade or risk losing flesh to seat-burns July, August, and September with a bit of respite coming in October.
This spring we’ve been given some wild weather – winds blowing 40-50 miles an hour sending neighbor’s foliage and dusty tumbleweeds flying down the street; a real honest-to-goodness tornado; and unseasonably high heat.
I’m not one for hot weather. In fact anything over 75 is pushing my heat limit. Yes, I know my tomatoes wouldn’t be as ripe or the flowers so vibrant. But, I have to say menopause and heat do not mix. Of course, I’ve always preferred rainy, thunder-cloudy, late-fall or early spring weather. I’d live at the coast or in the mountains if I could. Enjoying the cool breeze, a winter snowfall, anything is better than third-degree burns when touching the seatbelt inside the car parked in the sun for an hour.
If I had a pool it might be easier. Then I could cool down when the weather was unbearable. I’ve been invited here and there from a few friends with pools, but I need a few more options. I don’t want to wait for the heat and then call, especially if I haven’t talked to them person in a while. I’d feel like a hot-weather friend. (Better than a fair-weather friend of course, but just as annoying.) People all around us have pools. We hear them laughing as they splash and host cannonball contests. Too bad they live on the next street over. I thought about taking them baked goods when we moved in last year just to show how neighborly we were, but it might seem odd now if I showed up with a plate of cookies holding a towel and suntan lotion.
The weather report just showed a “cooling trend” which means we should hit 80 for a day or so, then jump right back into those lovely 90s. By the beginning of June I’ll be counting the days until October 1st, when a real cooling trend will introduce the evenings and then slowly replace the heat of summer. Only four months, seventeen days to go…