currently…

It’s hot. Again. We are so sick of this heat, and it’s going to be in the 90s the rest of the week and probably beyond. We’re just hoping for no triple digits, but August is usually the hottest month here, so it’s unlikely to cool off any time soon.

Starting Friday night and over the weekend, we spent a lot of time sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics. We thought the opening ceremonies were awfully bland. If there is any logic in what NBC and it’s affiliate stations present to us, I’ve yet to figure it out, so we sort of take what we get, and sometimes that’s boring stuff.

I like watching the swimming, and there has been a good deal of that, but soccer, softball, volleyball, skateboarding…no. I’m cutting the Olympics-watching way back starting today. Back to reading.

The library has flooded us with things, so many that I sent one back unread, which is rare. I have one I’ll finish one today, probably, and two more sitting here, Barbara has one half read and four sitting here, and we both have one on the way (“in transit”). Plus I decided to buy the rest of the birder murder series by Steve Burrows, so there is LOTS to read, not to mention many short story anthologies and collections.

I’ll try to post on some of the books as I finish them, but this heat is innervating and I have little energy.

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17 Responses to currently…

  1. I know what you mean about the heat. It saps a person of all energy, doesn’t it? We caught a break last night, because it rained. So it’s not as hot this morning. I hope your heat breaks soon.

  2. Steve A Oerkfitz says:

    I like hot weather-preferably in the mid 80;s. Triple digits. No.
    I always have the same problem with library books. Instead of trickling in they all come in together.
    Most Olympic events are of no interest to me-handball, table tennis, soccer, badminton.

  3. tracybham says:

    I am sorry to hear that the heat is getting worse again. So far we are still having cool temperatures. And overcast today and yesterday morning.

    About 3 days ago, I read about a heat dome that was supposed to cover most of the US, including southern California. But since then I haven’t heard much. So I am not sure if or when that is coming.

    I am glad to hear that you are still liking the Steve Burrows series, I want to get to the first one in that series in September.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    We are boycotting all Olympic viewing this year. The heat is back here too for a couple of days – it is currently 91 (real feel 96). They say the humidity is lower (true, yesterday was only 82 but humid as hell), but when it’s 91 it doesn’t really help much unless it gets down to Arizona levels, and it hasn’t.

    I finished four books last week and find myself reading four others! All of a sudden, four library ebooks came in within a couple of days. I took two (Jeffrey Burton’s THE FINDERS and Bill Bryson’s LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID), and put the other two off for two weeks. I also picked up two actual books at the library (one is a Clifford Simak short story collection, one of the four books I’m reading – the fourth is the Robert Edward Eckels collection from C & L. The good news is, the library is now fully reopened, though you still need to wear a mask.

    • Why “boycotting”? Glad you liked THE FINDERS, I did too, and have the next on hold at the library. I know wind chill alters the feel of Winter temperatures, but what is it that alters the feel of hot temps? Our humidity is lower than yours, around 40%.

      • Jeff Meyerson says:

        That was just a tease. We might watch something if it interests us – Jackie usually watches gymnastics – but haven’t so far.

        At one point we had humidity of under 20% (what I consider “Arizona weather”), which was incredibly dry for us. (This was a month or more ago). They have some chart where they should the dew point and claim that as it gets closer to 70, it is more uncomfortable. Whereas if it is 55 or so, more comfortable. But if you walk outside you can feel it. Today felt hot but bearable – there was shade, there was a breeze, you felt the heat but didn’t feel like your clothes were sticking to your body, all of which happened yesterday, when the actual temperature was lower.
        I think if you live in a place long enough, you become accustomed to the weather and judge things accordingly. At least, it seems that way here.

        • Jeff Meyerson says:

          The dew point is down to 59 now and supposedly will be dropping the next couple of days, even though it might hit 90 tomorrow. They are actually predicting a couple of days in the upper 70s later in the week, so that’s better. Of course, we are now at 10.5 inches of rain in July, #3 on the all-time list.

  5. 1412064gk says:

    Like the Meyersons, we’re not all that interested in the Olympics. Diane usually watches the U.S. women’s swim team and gymnastics. The only reason the Olympics is happening is money. It seems like each day an Olympic athlete or two test positive for Covid-19. The CDC warned that getting Covid increases your risks of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s. Diane and I are wearing masks whenever we leave our house (which isn’t often these days). Stay safe!

  6. Patti Abbott says:

    Aooarently our little group is very greedy with library books. I picked up six last week, read none (I tried i really di) and returning them today and picking up four more. One is for my book group so I am sure to read that one. Be very careful out there, folks. I know five vaccinated folks with Covid now. Those shots we got in February are wearing off.

    • It’s not greed, it’s utilizing a resource. It’s what the library is there for. We always put holds and do pickups, not browse.

      We still mask and distance on the few instances we go out. We never opened up like many of you did, going to restaurants and other activities. I’m in the same mode as I was a year ago.

    • I don’t think the vaccine shots are “wearing off”. You should be protected unless you are immunocompromised or in chemo or radiation therapy.

  7. Cap'n Bob Napier says:

    I’m not watching the Olympics, either, but if I did I’d watch softball and a little soccer. Skateboarding? Surfing? Gimme a break.

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