Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dying in the Dog Days

When I last posted to you folks, I was had just arrived in my old hometown of Washington, DC, to do some research and write on the second in my Molly Malone mysteries. I was ready to go, when. . .

Bam! I ram smack into that wall of heat. Whoa! I'd forgotten how bad those ol' Dog Days of Summer were. Yikes! 95 & 96 degrees AND 99 % humidity. Yeow!! The mornings were fine, because Washington heat/humidity sneaks up on you. Mornings are nice then gradually build until almost noon, then Bam! You cross the intersection and are hit with that blast furnace heat. Brutal!


Of course, since Molly #2 takes place during the Dog Days, I had no recourse but to tough it out. I was out walking all over the city every day. That's why I had come, I reminded myself as I kept escaping into cafes and coffee shops and drug stores to buy cold drinks & water. Whew! From the Mall to the Capitol to Lafayette Square across from the White House (a favorite) to Georgetown where a lot of scenes take place. I wandered along the shady side of the streets wherever I could find them. Thanks goodness I'd brought a sun hat.

For those of you who followed me on Facebook, I kept everyone updated on my adventures in my Hot Hometown.


But I did get a lot done. And---I was definitely ready to escape on Saturday. I picked up a rental car and headed for the Eastern Shore of Maryland to an inn I had found that sat on a point of land jutting out into the Bay. Surrounded by water on three sides and gorgeous views of the Chesapeake Bay. I lay on chaise lounges & sat on screened porches and stared at the Bay and read. Then stared at the Bay some more. Weather was sunny & gorgeous and those Bay breezes were just what I needed to cool off from the hot, hot city. And daughter Maria was able to join me for two days, which made it even more fun.

How about you folks? What did you do for Labor Day? Shop for school? Picnic? Go camping?

12 comments:

tonya kappes said...

My DH and I are taking our four boys to DC in October. They are all teenagers so I think they are ready to take it all in. And three of those boys plus me had strep over Labor Day...ugh.

Dru said...

I must not have done much since I can't even remember what I did that day.

Aryn said...

Over Labor Day we visited Charleston, SC, with my dad and his wife in celebration of his 60th birthday. It was humid, but no hotter than here in Dallas, so no big deal. And with all of the food we ate and the fabulous homes we toured, we still had a great time.

I lived in DC for a while between college and law school and still love the town.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya---I'm so sorry you guys got sick. And strep is NO fun. I hope you're all feeling better. And you will definitely have a great time in DC in October. It's beautiful then. Trees are changing and weather is warm usually. Washington is a beautiful city & I love to show it off to people. Enjoy!

Dru---I know that feeling. It could be you're working too much. Hopefully you relaxed some.

Aryn---Wow, you did have a good time. Charleston, SC, is beautiful and I'm LONG past due for a visit. And you're right, those homes there are truly gorgeous. And I can understand your affection for Washington. It grabs hold of you, doesn't it?

Linda McDonald said...

I checked out the website of the inn you stayed at Maggie and it look incredible. I've added it to my ever increasing list of places to visit.

As for the labor day weekend, my friend and I had a birthday party at my house. She and I have known each other since we were 5 and she just turned 40, and I do so this upcoming Sunday. So, we invited our families over to my place to celebrate the occasion with us. It was a lot of fun, weather was great, kids loved the pool, we ate a lot, and yes, there was a big chocolate cake!

Vickie said...

The book will have that much more realism, we'll feel the heat and humidity off the pages. Much sacrifice for the research and realism. good on ya!

Heather said...

My sympathies on the heat. I've been to DC over Labor Day before and, while we enjoyed the sites, the heat was not fun. We had a rather cool holiday weekend here, which made for a pleasant afternoon grilling out and reading on a friend's patio.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda----Good for you, putting the inn on your wish list. Who knows? You may travel Back East. And I think your joint birthday party with your old friend sounds fabulous---especially chocolate cake.

Thanks, vickie. Molly is sweltering in the DC heat just like I was. :)

Heather---sounds like a great relaxed family weekend to me, girl. Oh, yeah, I got to see go to Friday Night Lights---i.e. High School football in Fairfax, VA that Friday night and watched my grandson Matthew play. He's a fantastic wide receiver.

Debra said...

Oh DC! So,so,so hot. I lived there for three years, so I know what you went through.
I was in the car on Labor Day coming home from Maine. Much better.

Maggie Sefton said...

Debra---I'll bet you were cooler coming back from Maine. I'll be visiting Maine in October & am signing at a yarn shop in York, Maine, on Saturday evening, October 9th. The Yarn Sellar.

A friend and I are treating ourselves to a "leaf tour" in October and going thru Maine, then New Hampshire & Vermond, then northern MA and back to the Seacoast near Portsmouth, NH.

Lover of Books said...

As much as it was crazy to be in the weather, your story will be the better for it.

We stayed at home and then I had to work.

Krista

Maggie Sefton said...

Krista----Oh, definitely. Washington is always "good" to me. Maybe it misses me. :) Words flow easily there. I'm going to try to return late in October/early Nov if I can add it to another trip Back East.