I just saw the temperature. How did it get to be 99 degrees Fahrenheit without my noticing it? When the mercury rises above 98, that’s when it gets to be a little bit warm. There was that hint in the air this morning, that heavy wet blanket dampening that makes the outdoors a place to avoid.
Oddly, each of the bulldogs in turn wanted to sunbathe this morning. Maybe they sensed the approach of the stultifying afternoon heat and decided to slurp up the kinder, gentler morning sun’s rays while the slurping was safe.
The pressure is on. The heat is rising. Living will take simpler forms for a few months. We will stroll, not rush and we will abide by simple rules.
Keep calm. Calm people and calm dogs make for a cooler life.
Drink plenty of water. Bulldogs are experts at this.
Stay in the shade. Play hide and seek with the sun as “It” and don’t let that mean old fireball find you if you can help it.
Don’t work out during the heat of the day, even if the workout is fun. Running, jumping, wrestling, and chasing are play, but they are hot play.
Take advantage of cooling vests for dogs and puppy pools. Use cooling pads. Humans, use wet scarves and cloths.
Those are just a few basics for summer.
Wait! Is that thunder I hear? The sun is cloaked with clouds. The temperature has already dropped a degree.
Praise the LORD! Now it’s only 98 degrees. Autumn must be just around the corner. All is well!
And in case I didn’t mention it, thank You, LORD, for air conditioning.
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