Hot July Days

It’s hot here in the southeast.  Typical weather for us this time of year in good ole Tennessee.  The kind of hot and humid weather where I painstakingly use a curling iron on my hair for a little body, only to step outside where the humidity causes my curls to die a quick death, and then wonder why I even bothered. The kind of hot and humid where just walking to the mailbox makes you damp and sticky. The kind of hot and humid where my cats beg to go outside on the porch, but when I open the door to let them out, the heat hits them in the face and they high-tail it back to their comfy air-conditioned house where they flop on the cool hardwood floors.

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I went walking early yesterday evening despite the heat.  It was 7 pm and had cooled down to 90 degrees with a heat index still around 98.  Ugh.  I don’t tolerate heat and humidity well.  I’ve grown up here and I have yet to adapt to it in 57 years.  I abhor hot weather like this.

On my walk, I saw a flock of crows– okay, the technical term is a murder of crows, but who in their right mind goes around saying that? Anyway, as I walked by, a few of the crows who had been pecking at things on the ground, took off in flight.  Some landed on tree branches and some on wires overhead.  They looked down at me as I walked by and I swear those crows were panting.  They also were holding their wings away from their bodies. Yep, every last one of them were open-mouthed breathing and holding their wings open and away from their bodies.  Cooling mechanisms.  I read an Audubon article once that said birds don’t pant like dogs. I disagree.  I’ve seen it more than once.  And I’m here to tell you that these crows were panting.  Like dogs.  You can’t deny it’s hot outside when the poor birds are panting.

raven-bird-birds-bryce-canyon-87078This hot afternoon I clean out kitchen drawers and cabinets.  I clean litter boxes and scrub toilets.  I unload and reload the dishwasher and sweep and mop floors.  I cook a dinner of baked fish, yellow rice, and green beans.

On these hot days, I thank God for this.

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And this.

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How hot is it where you live and how do you spend the hot days of summer?

Gail ♥

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About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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4 Responses to Hot July Days

  1. Relax... says:

    July’s been a nice run of mid- to high-80s here in the extreme-ish Northeast so far, but we get what we call the triple-h days — hazy, hot and humid. Ugh. We’ve had some really hot days, too — just before school let out for summer, it went into the 90s and one day even into the 100s. Again, ugh! Here in the Northeast, we never quite know what to say, whether “I’d rather it’s hot — one can always cool down in water or a/c” OR “I’d rather it’s cold — one can always warm up.” Neither of those statements always prove true! I like to swim when the heat gets unbearable. We don’t have fields of crows, we have gray squirrels (and more secretive, standoffish reds) who lay themselves liquidly lengthwise over a branch in the shade to try to cool off, arms and legs and tail hanging down — it’s pretty cute.

    • Gail says:

      We have gray squirrels too (they can be real nuisances) but no red. Swimming sounds good!

      • Relax... says:

        Well, squirrels are at least kind enough to stay outside, unlike the danged mice that find their way in here and take up residence, forcing me at last to commit mouseicide!

      • Gail says:

        It seems it’s the opposite here. I’ve never had a mouse in my house (not to my knowledge anyway)! I’ve always had cats though so maybe they know it would be instant suicide. But we’ve had problems with squirrels getting in the attic. Our neighbors just had to have three evicted from their attic. They can really do a lot of damage and chew wires, etc. I used to like them and think they were so cute. Not so much anymore. Our neighborhood is way overpopulated with them!

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