Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hot, Hotter, and YEOW!!

by Maggie Sefton


I don't know where all of you folks are located (Cozy Chicks readers and fans are scattered around the globe), but today in Northern Colorado, it was hotter than. . . you can fill in the blanks with your favorite expression to convey great heat and hot weather---Choose from any of the following or supply your own words:  1)  hotter than Hades;  2)  hotter than  a mouthful of jalepeno chili pepper;  3)  hotter  than a pistol; or 4)  hotter than "a chicken on a tin roof."  That last expression came from my maternal grandmother who was born in Virginia in 1890, so I imagine she was well-acquainted with tin.  As a historical writer, I know that early pots and pans were made of tin because it was a cheaper metal and easy to work with.  Pots and pans were usually sold by salesmen called "tinners" who wandered through cities and towns, crying out about their wares.  As to why someone would put a chicken on top of a tin roof, I haven't a clue.


Anyway------It was 93 today with brilliant sunshine and low humidity which is typical for Colorado and usually welcome, but I actually longed for a stray cloud or two.  It was hotter than hot.  And, of
course, today would be the day when the street repair crew started doing repairs along my street and another one.  Joining together those two streets form a perfect U-shape.  Messages left on our doors and doorknobs informed us all that the long street which meanders its way through our neighborhood was going to be patched with a new coat of asphalt.


That, of course, required our cooperation because no one---and I do mean NO ONE---could leave any vehicles parked on that street for the next 3 days.  They would be towed early in the mornings.  So We all have to park our cars in the streets surrounding our neighborhood and walk a couple of blocks (or more) to our homes.  However, walking a lot in today's super hot sunshine really got your attention.


So I spent a couple of hours today visiting my good friend, Kareen, who also lives in Fort Collins.  All these photos are of her backyard gardens.  Notice all the different types of flowers blooming their colorful little floral hearts out.  A gorgeous display of color.  Kareen and I sat and enjoyed a cool iced tea and enjoyed being outside in the garden as we caught up with each other before we both start traveling again.  In a week or so Kareen will be off to Austin, Texas where her younger son lives and I'll be flying back to Virginia once again.  I have daughters Maria and Christine there as well as grandchildren.  Kareen and I have known each other for years and years, having first met when her son Ashley and my daughter Maria were both in 5th grade at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins.  Daughter Maria and Ashley are both now 37 years old.  Wow.  Tempus really does fugit, doesn't it?

How are you escaping these hot summer days?  


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was 81 today but will go up every day this week until it's triple digits on Saturday which is really hot, especially in June, for the Portland, OR Metro area. Since we knew it was going to be hot, I put on the soaker hose while my neighbor and I walked at 6:45 A.M. I kept the blinds shut most of the day which made it feel a bit cooler plus I do have good air conditioning. I will need to run errands most of the rest of the week so won't stay as cool. Maggie, don't you just "love" the smell of asphalt on very hot days, esp if you have to walk by it? Yes, that is sarcasm! Cordella

Jen Scott said...

I work third shift so I am use to sleeping during the day (or trying to sleep). When I do venture outside, it is cooler (either in the morning or evening/night).

signlady217 said...

Chickens sometimes would roost on the roof at night. Don't think they would go up there in the heat, though.

And it's supposed to be 97 degrees today in NE MS. :(

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Yikes, Maggie! I was fanning myself just reading this. It's been surprisingly hot here in Eastern Ontario, high eighties low nineties more than a few times. We have very high humidity so there's no escape outside.

Hugs.

MJ

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

It was in the 80's yesterday in here in Ct and it's 82 right now with overcast skies and very humid. We are to get sever storms this afternoon and evening. I was going to go to the free movie at the Library tonight but I won't go out if it is still storming. Tonight they are showing Jersey Boys and I would like to see it. It's nice to go there and see people you have not seen for a long time.. Lot's of seniors go, Free popcorn too.

Your friends garden are very nice. My hydrangea must have 100 buds and flowers on it. Best year yet for it.

Annette N said...

I live in Austin TX - and we are predicted to have temperatures lower than normal for a time.....that means in the low 90's. Everything is relative - if we have not hit 100 yet, we are cool. If you look at a map, we are farther south than part of Mexico. How about "hotter than a depot stove?" And I think Colorado is beautiful - but that kind of cold in the winter would make me turn into a popsicle.

Joan Varner said...

Living in central AZ requires you to hide for most of the day somewhere cool. We have already been enjoying triple digits here for a couple of weeks now. I do go out in the morning to drive to a fitness center to walk but then it's home.

Margaret said...

The Capital Region of New York State (Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga;) we had some hot humid weather in May, and then in moderated back into the high 70's. The biggest problem with the heat (other than the heat) is the storms that roll through with the cold fronts that moderate our temps. They can be wicked. When it is hot and humid, I DO NOT leave home. I stay in the back yard by the pool. Yesterday and today it was only in the high 80's but the dew point was in the high 60's and up to 71, YUK. That is the bigges problem in the Northeast, the humidity. Unfortunately I had to go out both days, but as soon as I got home the suit went on and in the pool. Of course the the storms are on their way now, so inside I stay.

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Anon, at your asphalt comment. Oh, yes. Great smell. I am surprised Portland, OR gets that hot.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jen, you are definitely lucky to escape the heat. Sleep well. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

I didn't know about chickens sleeping on the roof at night. Makes sense, since it's safer up there. Northeast Mississippi must get pretty hot and humid. Stay cool.

Maggie Sefton said...

The humidity is what makes us feel so hot. That's one of the reasons I love, love Colorado. Low humidity, so both heat and cold don't feel as intense. And it always cools down at night no matter how hot during the day. But, of course, I always spend a month in Virginia in July, so I'll get to re-acquaint myself with childhood memories of hot and sticky Back Home.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm sorry you'll miss tonight's movie, Diane. But summer thunder and lightning storms can be very severe. But all that wonderful rain and cooler Spring we had here in Colorado has made everything bloom and bloom. :) I've planted all my gardens and planters with my favorite annuals. Kareen always plants perennials. So it's fun to go visit. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Believe me, I know how how Texas---Austin included---can be. Daughter Serena lives in Houston. And I've driven ALL OVER that state over the years doing booksignings, speaking at libraries and bookstores. From WestTexas to East Texas, Dallas to Houston and San Antonio. :) Ohhhh, and here in Northern Colorado we don't get hard winters at all. Really. We get regular cold weather in December and January. Not frigid, just regular cold. Remember, our low humidity makes a temp of 28 feel like 45, especially with our bright sunshine. February can be positivelu balmy. We'll get snow one day but the next the brilliant sunshine returns and starts to melt it the next day. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Joan---I know what you mean. I still remember visiting my aunt and uncle years ago when I was in college and came in August before the next term began. Woke up the next morning to the sound of the radio announcer saying temps would be 127. Boy. . .that got my attention. :) I was used to Northern VA, just across the Potomac River from DC.

Maggie Sefton said...

Good for you, Margaret. Keep that suit on and stay by that pool. :) I know what you mean about the heat and humidity. I grew up in Arlington, VA, just a stone's throw across the Potomac River from WashDC. And I return there frequently. Leaving again July 2nd for a month "back home." turn on the AC.

Aurian said...

There is a heatwave coming our way here in Holland, and I plan on working overtime a lot, so I can stay cool in the airconditioning. When at home, I take a really cool bath, until I am shivering with cold. That will keep me cool up to 3 hours before I feel the heat again. Also ideal before going to bed, as I can just crawl under my comforter and fall asleep before being hot again.