Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Off-Topic Tuesday: Weather, Pets, and Other Things

Well, it's the first full day of summer, and here in my part of Southern Ontario, it's been nothing if not unpredictable. It's been very hot, sunny and humid for the past few days, but there have been thunderstorms in frequent intervals throughout.  It's hard to know from one hour to the next whether it will be sunny and cloudless, or if the thunderstorms will start. Black clouds invade the blue sky almost without warning. While thunderstorms are hard on me migraine-wise, they are beautiful to look at, and it's very cool to have to turn on the lights in midday, just in order to see properly.  It's especially cool when the rain, thunder and lightning suddenly stops, and the sun comes out in full again.

I honestly don't know what we'd do without air conditioning.  While the A/C does remove some of the humidity, it's surprising how much humidity remains in the house, and how it affects my middle-aged body.  Even when the temperature is steady in the house, as it is with central A/C, it's really easy to work myself into a hot flash with minimal exertion when it's so humid.

I often wonder what it would be like to live somewhere with dry heat and no humidex. I suppose there is good and bad to both.  One thing for sure, my skin doesn't dehydrate the way it would if it were dry.

I notice that even with the constant temperature in the house my dog Barclay is panting more than usual, so I guess it effects him as well. As I write this, the cat just walked past the dog, and as usual, she gave him a hiss, and as usual, he just ignores it good naturedly.  One might think that after three years of living together, the cat might give up on the hissing, as it clearly goes unnoticed, but that's just her way, where the dog's concerned.

The pets are both sensing something is about to happen. They seem a bit more alert and excited than usual.  And they're right.  My daughter is coming home later this week, and the family is expectant and excited and the pets seem to be as well. She lives 300 miles/ 500 km away, so the visits are more rare than they would be if she only lived an hour away.  I am really looking forward to this visit, and I hope we have some good quality time to chat and have fun, She does have some events to attend, so she won't be here every day, but we'll have enough time together. We always manage that.

Thinking about the cats, as I was earlier, I always wonder what the attraction is for them with a clean basket of laundry. I'll leave you with a couple of photos of our cat, Q, enjoying some time getting comfy in the clean laundry.

Love to all.

'Til tomorrow, my friends.


  1. There is always a sense of inner peace that comes through your writing my friend. I'm not sure how to describe it, but a softness and gentleness always. I lived in Tucson (aka dry heat) for two years. I don't know which is worse, honestly. I'm not a fan of sweating as I do in the humidity, but then again, I am also not a fan of furnace or oven blast oppressive heat either. Quandry!

  2. I used to live in Arizona where the heat is usually dry except in summer during the monsoon season. I prefer some humidity, my skin and hair feel better with it. Love the photos of your animals. I guess the cat just loves to have clean clothes to lie on.


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