MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Heat Wave & Monday morning ramblins

We’ve a heat wave coming these next three days and I cannot relieve myself of hearing in my head Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell singing their rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Heat Wave” for their movie, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Mr. Berlin originally wrote “Heat Wave” for the 1933 musical, AS THOUSANDS CHEER which also included the title song for a later movie, “Easter Parade” with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

While the 72-degree weather is currently comfortable, the sense of impending heat coming through is heralded by the 96% humidity. I am not physically bothered by the humidity at the moment but the little signs of stickiness are with us.

The morning routine with the pooches is typical of most days but I believe they are also feeling something is coming. Harrigan continues to attempt dominance over a very complacent Erma and becomes agitated when the older dog offers no response. Harrigan has moved away from Erma and is no pestering Chief who has never really taken a complete liking to Harrigan. He’s always been protective of Harrigan and treats her no differently than the others, but I’ve always sensed a distance between these two. Bailey adores her Chief and regularly uses him as her pillow. Bailey also uses me as her snuggling fixture throughout the night’s sleep, often resting her head next to mine on the pillow.

Since beginning this blog post at 8:10 AM, the humidity has begun to empty its uncomfortableness within twenty minutes. Here it comes…

But, while I am fussing about my own discomfort, I am terribly mindful of those whose work will not allow them to escape the weather conditions, as well as those who’ve no security of a home, or homes without a cooling system. My little piece of the world is more ideal than some who’ve struggled.

There’s nothing more refreshing than listening to the sounds that provide the soundtrack for The Haasienda in the mornings. The birds always offer a chorus, especially the resident cardinal who blasts away each morning and throughout most of the day. However, the cardinal has taken leave of his post this morning. The busyness of traffic swishes on the Shroyer Road side of the house that collects all the morning’s sunshine until about 10:00 AM when the strays of light begin to invade the deck. Naturally, the umbrella and sun are positioned in such ways that I end up in the direct path of the sunshine and heat.

And, the perspiration has begun…

This is not promising for continued work from my deck table. I had also hoped to at least more the backyard, today, given the previous days’ rains have forced it to ankle-length. Mowing may be a pipe dream for today, but if I can just focus on the backyard, the front yard could hold off until later this week.

Well. It’s moving in on 9:00 AM and I’ve completed a run of dishes in the dishwasher, attended to a few business items, and now, it is time to turn my attention to some projects.

Make it a great day!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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