Mad Dogs and Redheads, Get Out of the Midday Sun

As temperatures heat up across the country this week, I marvel at the good common sense of our felines.  I continue to plow through work and household chores, miserable in this 100 degree heat. They on the other hand seek the cooler ground.

Early in the day they stretch out on the damp concrete patio.  As the sun rises, they come indoors and sleep away the hottest part of the day under a ceiling fan or in the cool recesses of a closet.

lindy under chair

Lindy, made in the shade

Beijing the cat

Beijing, looking frail but still hanging in there

The garden, too, knows exactly what to do on these over-heated days.  Sinewy roots reach down  to capture the cool water below, letting blooms open wide for the sun.  Then they pack up shop as the sun sets and store their energy for the following day.


Helianthus, Sunflower

cosmos and forget me nots

Cosmos and Forget-me-nots, happy in the heat

Even our native ancestors had more sense than we do.  I see posts on Facebook of people running in the mid-day heat.  Several spectators arrived in Las Vegas area hospitals after suffering from heat stroke while sitting in an outdoor amphitheater in the mid-day sun!  And who do you suppose was offering the tomatoes a mid-day drink in the blaring sun?  Guilty!!!

So…today I’m taking a page from the common sense manual. I ate an early breakfast with my husband outdoors in the patio shade.  I finished my garden chores before 9 and now I’m writing with my feet propped up on the paper shredder under my desk, ceiling fan whirring overhead.  My afternoon client has A/C (hooray).

Once back home I’ll try avoiding my natural tendencies to go, go, go by referring once again to that common sense manual.  If you need me I’ll be doing (almost) nothing, until the blaring sun recedes for another day.

Hey…nobodies perfect.

Ways to beat the heat:

1. Drink plenty of cool water.

slinky drinks from the fountain

Slinky Malinki has a cool drink

2. Take a refreshing bath.

Mouse on board

Mighty Mouse thinks a bath might cool me down

3. Enjoy an afternoon nap.

mouse sleeping

Shine On

Special thanks to Tamara of Botanical Gardens for including me in her list of Shine On Awards.  It’s so nice to be appreciated.  Tamara writes:

I am passionate art and nature lover. As I work for the third age university I got the opportunity to develop a new field of education for our seniors-my idea was to start the senior garden volunteers program. I find it intriguing for this program is not only a bond between education and nature, but it mirrors connections between society, ecology, development, individuality. My wish is to start an inter generational project with our senior garden volunteers. So this blog is also about topics dealing with importance of botany education, senior learning,inter generational learning, ecology,garden volunteers, art. Because, as I have mentioned before-it is blog about My Botanical Garden.

Shine On Award


Versatile Blogger Award: A Flower for my Blog

VBA Button

The origins of the Versatile Blogger Award are a  mystery.  I’ve seen the award on other sites, but can’t  trace it back to its start.  One clever blogger created this site with instructions for award nominees, but the guidelines seem to vary from post to post.  What I do know is the “button” comes in my favorite color and it has a flower in the lower corner.  Pretty cool, eh?

The nomination/award is a gesture of goodwill and an opportunity to support fellow bloggers.  Many thanks to My Botanical Garden (intergenerational) for the Versatile Blogger Award.  What a nice surprise and a gracious gesture.

If you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog.  I’m honored and flattered.

In turn I’d like to pass the Versatile Blogger Award to the following five bloggers.  You inspire me:

  1. What’s Green with Betsy?!?: Betsy is “passionate about good health and protecting the environment since the early 1970′s and is eager to share her knowledge.”  Please take a look.
  2. Mini Manor Blog: Ashlee “Believes life can be simple, organized, functional, beautiful and green. She blogs about just that, on a one income budget, in a two income world.”  Her blog is full of beautiful photos and great ideas.  A fun, light, enjoyable read.
  3. Purple Pixie in Dixie: I admire her spunk and appreciate the day-to-day tone of her posts.   She writes, “Every day Kentucky is feeling more and more like home.  I have been blessed to be able to stay at home with Violet.  I am blessed to be able to explore my creative side.  I love to scrapbook!  I like to try different crafts, and now I’m learning how to sew.  I love to cook, too, and I am starting to do it more often.” Pop on over and see what she’s up to.
  4. Compassionate Citizen: New to the blogosphere, she writes eloquently about, “…doing my best to live a life of compassion and non-violence.  I often speak out for victims of abuse who cannot speak for themselves, including some of the most under-served: the world’s animals, especially those used by humans for food.”  Please show her some love.
  5. Christine Schoenwald: Adventures in Nutland: Christine is a fabulous writer.  Her posts are as insightful as they are hilarious.  She’s received several “Editor’s Pick” on Open Salon.  Take a look, and let me know what you think.

Honoring  the final request: seven truths about gardeningnirvana:

  • I’m tall (5’10”)
  • I like to sing in the car at the top of my lungs
  • Even though I organize for a living, it remains one of my favorite hobbies
  • I lived without a TV for five years and didn’t miss it
  • I’m not a morning person at all but I still get up at 5:25 three days a week to attend a fitness camp.
  • I love Rooibos tea
  • I’ve been collecting tea tags for over 30 years

Tea Tag Collection
30 years later and it still fits in one jar