Still Beautiful; Still Hot

Our sunset last night.  The color was not enhanced -- it really was this gorgeous.

Our sunset last night. The color was not enhanced — it really was this gorgeous.

Although it’s 8 degrees hotter here than it is at home, we are managing to enjoy it.  There’s usually a nice breeze off the lake.

There is water across the street behind us, too.  We are surrounded on three sides by water.

There is water across the street behind us, too. We are surrounded on three sides by water.

Yesterday I sat outside under the awning doing crosswords and admiring the million scintillating sun sparkles on the blue water.  Waves gurgled onto shore and slapped up against the rocks.  A few brave birds, ignoring the heat of the day, sang in the deep woods around me.

Although this is a man made lake, I dreamed of Indians centuries ago paddling their canoes around the point.  The deep woods on the far shore beckoned mysteriously.

As evening fell, a lone, far-away whipporwill called.

Sheba.  The sun is giving her black fur red highlights.

Sheba. The sun is giving her black fur red highlights.

We spend a couple of hours in the hottest part of the day inside in the air conditioning doing crosswords, surfing, reading or napping.  We can’t do anything too energetic or we will overheat, so we mosey around — and when we get too hot, we head inside and cool off for a while.

In case any of you northerners ever wondered why southerners move and talk more slowly  sometimes that’s why.  It’s an adaptation to the extreme heat and humidity.  It was a lot more pronounced before everyone got air conditioning.

My precious little aging Sunny.  He is having enough trouble going on walks that I will have to get him a doggie stroller soon.

My precious little aging Sunny. He is having enough trouble going on walks that I will have to get him a doggie stroller soon.

So I can’t say that our trip is exciting.  It’s not.  But it’s beautiful and we are glad we are here.

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22 Comments

  1. Sounds like you’re having a good time. Old Spanish proverb: “How lovely it is to do nothing, and rest afterwards.”

    • I feel like we are doing a little too much of that! Would really love a strenuous hike! 🙂

  2. Love the proverb above – The corollary is “I got up this morning and had nothing to do, and I STILL didn’t get finished”! That’s my story, too! ;-> Enjoy your restful times.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    • Well, we took the awning in because the wind picked up, filled the water tank (because our hose leaks), and I’m getting ready to start dinner. But I am feeling like a slug. Maybe after dinner we can take a long walk. Then take a cold shower afterwards! 🙂

  3. Love your sunset photo! Despite the heat, I know you are enjoying some time away from home. Sunny looks cute as ever and of course I love that Sheba! I hope I get to see her again before too long!

    • Peggy, I loved the way the water was dark blue on one side and brilliant coral on the other.

      Hope you will get to see the doggies again soon, too — but in a much cooler place! 🙂

  4. Breathtaking…cant wait for some COE views doing nothing!!! About wore a hole in my directory today planning…kind of dread leaving these cool temps. Nice to see the pups…Sunny will dig getting some free rides 🙂

    • Oh, Carla, why leave the cool temps? You can always head south when it gets cooler again.

      Wish I were brave enough to head to the mountains. Maybe next time.

      Sunny will think he is King of the Roost when he gets wheels. 😀

  5. What an AWESOME sunset capture!!!!…thats ready to be framed….as is! Thanks for sharing…when asked I always say “did nothing today…but it it WELL”….take care and enjoy yourselves…Horst sends

    • Horst, I have a couple I need to get printed and framed. I never thought of doing it until Peggy showed me some of hers that she had done. I thought you needed to be a “real” photographer for that! 😀

      Well, we did next to nothing very well today. We aren’t getting a pretty sunset due to approaching thunderstorms, but we did get a fantastic, cooling breeze earlier.

  6. Love your word pictures as much as the photos. Glad you’re enjoying a chance to kick back and watch the reflections!

    • John, I’ve noticed that when I have my camera in my hand, I don’t pick up the subtle details around me. When I just look and listen, I seem to experience more. I’m glad you picked up on that. 🙂

  7. Like you previously mentioned…it’s hot everywhere…might as well be camping and have a nice view. Hope the storms don’t come your way! Radar here is lit up like a Christmas tree!
    Also enjoyed your prose.

    • Lynne, I checked earlier and our home had severe thunderstorm warnings. It looks like it’s going to miss here. I am so glad. Hope you don’t have any damage or scares.

      I was afraid my description was a bit too flowery, but that’s what I felt. Thank you! 🙂

  8. How many times have we wondered “WHAT did our forebearers do without A/C?”. Lovely sunset!

    • Kim, I don’t remember being miserably hot (more than a time or two) when I was a kid. We had fans and open windows. Maybe it’s just merciful forgetfulness! Now, I seriously don’t think I’d live long without A/C!

  9. The sunset is so beautiful. It is really great to have hook ups and a/c. Seems your getting it down to a science beating the heat.

    • Jo, that sunset was so worth it! We seemed to handle it okay today. Still moving slowly, though! 🙂

  10. EmilyO

     /  June 5, 2014

    Hi Sharon, haven’t been ignoring you. Love your explanation as to why Southerners move and talk slow. Don’t blame you, it’s just too much energy lost to talk and move fast when it’s hot. We’re doing 100º days now (am told it’s unusual this early) so am myself moving and talking slow (not moving if I don’t have to). Y’all continue to enjoy.

    • Hi, Emily… so good to hear from you. I was wondering how you were doing with the new job.

      Moving so slowly wouldn’t be so bad if my doctor wasn’t hounding me to get more exercise! Too cold in winter for it — and now too hot in summer. And the funny thing is, I am so antsy to get moving! Maybe we’ll have cloud cover tomorrow. We were supposed to get thunderstorms tonight, but they missed us.

      Hope you are doing okay in that heat. Keep moving and talking slow! 🙂

  11. Barbara goodman

     /  June 6, 2014

    Maybe Sheba needs a hair cut to go with the hot weather 😉

    • Barbara, I asked my vet about it. He wasn’t too encouraging. He said there are different schools of thought on it, and some feel that the thick fur helps insulate them against the heat.

      She seems to be doing okay with frequent breaks inside in the A/C. But Ron and I both have wondered if we should go ahead and get her a summer cut.

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