Not fit for man nor beast

The front doors at CVS fog up in the heat and ...

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It is unbearably hot and humid here in Indiana (as in much of the rest of the country).  I had an appointment with my eye doctor this morning.  I thought I could kind of beat the heat by having the appointment scheduled for first thing in the morning…well, I’m here to tell you, I don’t think there was any way to beat the heat today.  As soon as I walked out the front door, I felt like I was trying to breathe under water…it’s like the air in a tropical rain forest…ugh!  And you know it’s going to be entirely too hot when your sunglasses steam up as soon as you slip them on.  Great, so now I’m in the fog under water…I took my time walking, didn’t want to be drenched with sweat when I sat down in that chair at the eye doctor’s office. 

I appreciate air conditioning, believe me, I do.  But have you ever noticed how cold it is in a lot of the businesses?  I think movie theaters and restaurants are the worst.  I always bring a sweater or light jacket to slip on when I’m going to either of those places.  Then, when you walk outside, the heat and humidity slam into you all over again, crushing your lungs and searing all the moisture from your body.  Water, water, please keep water with you when it’s this hot. 

I have one last plea to make concerning how animals are affected by this awful heat.  Please, please don’t leave your pets locked in your car while you run into the store, or wherever.  Just leave your dog at home in the air conditioning when it’s like this.  They can’t take the heat in a vehicle.  It builds up quickly and can kill your beloved pet just as quickly.  If you’re one of those people who keeps your pets outdoors (I don’t understand that myself, but I know that’s what some people do), please make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water and shade.  They depend on us to give them the care they need in extreme weather.  If you have a pet, make sure you take responsibility for them.  Keep them safe.  Keep them hydrated.  And, while you’re at it, check up on your elderly neighbors.  It only takes a few minutes and you could save a life today.


6 Responses

  1. Great article. Thank you for sharing:)

  2. At least we don’t have humidity here. I don’t think I could bear it at all. The nice part is I’ve been able to wash a load of clothes and hang them up outside. They’re dry within 30 min!

  3. What a compassionate post, Patti. Thanks for the reminders. It stayed hot way into the evening. Midnight, it’s still 86. I scared my neighbor (she’s my niece). I told her I was going to deadhead my flowers after dark so I could do it naked! LOL I couldn’t believe it was still stifling after 8:00 p.m. I’m the same way about the theater and some restaurants. I think the food places try to get us to eat quickly and clear out; but also wonder how their system is set up, they may need it cooler to be able to work in the kitchen (or wherever the food is prepared).

    • You’re probably right as far as restaurants go…they do want a quick turnover, but it’s also miserably hot in those kitchens. I owned a pizza place for 13 years, big brick ovens constantly running at 550 degrees…whew!! Hey, I want to see a blog about that naked after dark deadheading!!

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