Retired from the University of Texas and too old to play soccer anymore. Now, in the twilight of his years, time is spent writing in this blog, hiking and exploring Texas Parks, photography, working out, gardening and tending to the five ponds he built .
I went outside to work today but it was so darn hot that I could not stay and had to stop the task in hand and it messed up all of my plans of things that I wanted to do which means that I will have to start anew but it is not going to cool down as this is Texas and it is renowned for the heat of the summers always so hot making the body perspire a lot when the temperature reaches a hundred degrees and too much of it makes you weak at the knees we know it will happen the same every year the summers are hot and the skies are all clear and the ground dries up and the plants need the rain and then the clouds will form and sometimes sustain long enough to bring a shower or two to cool things off just to do it anew it is no good thinking that the following day will be any different as this is the way of the summers in Texas for thousands of years have always been hot as the sun domineers so tomorrow instead I will get up at dawn and get out early to mow the lawn and do the things that I need to do and grow with the heat as I start anew of one thing you can be very sure the Texas heat is hard to endure whether you care and like it or not the Texas summers are bloody hot.
Even though time moves on and Springtime has come and gone Summertime is here to stay along with the sun and heat of the day when temperatures will rise to one hundred degrees even under the shade of the trees the sun is hot and the skies are blue with nary a cloud to obstruct the view anything to do outside needs to be done at first light when the outside air still feels cool as the heat of the sun is not yet cruel today is not one of those days as the clouds have formed and in so many ways today we have rain along with a breeze and the temperature has dropped to sixty eight degrees cool for us for this time of the year but not for very long I fear we can always use the rain as the heat will always return again of this we can be very sure which is what we have to endure would I have it any other way maybe a little cooler through the day when I like to be outdoors fussing with all of the normal chores like feeding the fish or cleaning a pond or cutting back plants that have grown beyond things that are a part of my normal life that I do everyday with the minimum of strife today I sit and look at the rain wondering when I can again take a walk and so implied and be one with Nature in her countryside.
I just want to be very clear
that the Texas Summer is really here
with temperatures over one hundred degrees
and getting hotter with each passing day
with a forecast high of one hundred and eight
before this front will go away.
Heat does not come as a surprise
as it happens to us every year
generally though one hundred is high
with a blazing sun and no clouds in the sky
but to get up to be one hundred and eight
is hot even in this Lone Star State.
Thank goodness for A/C in both car and home
without it we would be cooked to the bone
like a roast well done and cooked thru and thru
our bodies absorbing the sun’s powerful rays
the heat going on for days and days
until it breaks and the weather subdues.
What brought on this bout of heat
or is it just an abnormal year
is Global Warming a part of the mix
or is Nature just playing us tricks
something we shall never know
as our understanding is way too slow.
In the forty years I have been in this State
only once has it reached one hundred and eight
in Dallas probably thirty years ago
at a soccer tournament in which I played
the hottest I have ever been
but I survived ready to do it again.
Too old to play and too feeble in mind
this time around I’ll stay indoors
and wait out the heat until it cools
back to one hundred at which we fools
go on hikes or work out in the yard
and kid ourselves it’s not so hard.
Seriously though it is very hot
living in Texas it’s part of our lot
the summer is hot and we all complain
as the heat every year is the same
it gets to one hundred at least on one day
but one hundred and eight we view with dismay.
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