Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On and On and On It Goes

Well, it's September.  At least, that sounds cooler than August. 

Yeah, the stores are putting out their pumpkins, cornucopias, and candy corn and we're still sweating like pigs down here.  It does give a boost to our morale to see that, at least, fall is somewhere in our future but we know, no matter how many Halloween candy displays they pile up in the aisles, we have a long way to go with this heat.  It will be a while before we need the help of a fire to make our autumn S'mores.  We can just sit them out on the porch and enjoy the same gooey result for, at least, six more weeks. 

Yeah, when you turn your calendar over to September, the accompanying, thematic picture usually shifts from August's beach balls to baskets of apples and blankets of bright, orange leaves.  A southern calendar should pair September with a photo depicting a irritated, red-faced woman with sweat stains, standing out on her front lawn of crunchy, burned up grass which is crawling with ornery rattlesnakes, who are looking for a place to bed down for the winter and mosquitos, the size of blackbirds, trying to make the most of their last days.  That would seem to be a more appropriate depiction for around these parts.  Here are a couple of calendar contenders that I would like to submit from around my house for the month of September.  At some point around the second week of August, you just say......"You know what....you're on your own, outdoor plants."    
I don't know about where you live, but down here in the deep south, we've been just about to bake.  I'm pretty sure our juices are running clear at this point.  We've been slow roasting for 3 months in this crock pot called Mississippi and I feel like we surely must be fork tender by now.  Just a few days ago, our heat index was 108 and I'd challenge you to find a more ridiculous humidity level than ours anywhere outside a sauna.  This is my 46th Mississippi summer, so you'd think I'd be accustomed to this by now but I think my hormonal situation has inflamed my loathing. 

It's how our colder climate friends must feel about snow come February......that's where we are now with our heat down here.  We see them up there being interviewed by the Weather Channel about the woes of winter weather and we're down here like..."how could they not like the snow?....we love when it snows here....BOTH times!"  I imagine it's kind of like that.  Wondering how we couldn't love summer while sitting in 80 degrees with no humidity?  That's not summer...... we call that Thanksgiving Day in the South.  Glorious!           

Oh, and the advertisements for boots and sweaters for football games won't become a reality for us until maybe the next to the last one of the season.....unless you want to be carried out on a stretcher with oxygen.  And a scarf....well, that would mean certain death.  Oh, the stores are full of cool weather clothing and our mouths are watering for a wardrobe change but we know we're a long way from that.  Oh, we like to think that back to school and the launch of football season signals the triumphal entry of fall, but we, southerners,  know it only serves to encourage us to persevere through our trial.

We enjoyed the day at our alma mater's season opener Saturday night.  It was POURING rain right up until game time, but, at least, it kept the heat at bay.  Only people who need to be examined psychologically drive through rain that requires the hazards to be engaged for the entire trip to watch a ballgame that is going to be televised.  We've suspected for a while though that we should be psychologically examined.  There were almost 62,000 people in attendance at the game and 61,000 of them were in the bookstore beforehand looking for a poncho.  Oh, mercy.....my kingdom for a poncho!  
 
Thankfully, the deluge was reduced to a fine mist by game time and the temps were quite pleasant.  Couple that with our awesome new stadium addition/renovation and it was the perfect setting for our 49-0 win. 
 
 
Rain or shine, I had fun with my boys.  I'll take rain over heat any day! 
 
Tomorrow's already hump day!  Enjoy this short week, y'all!
 
And hang on......fall is coming!!
  



 

 

10 comments:

  1. Things are already starting to cool off here in Seattle. I will be lamenting the rain in a month or so! Your football game looks like fun, even in the rain. We went to see our alma mater play this weekend too - but we lost. Oh well!

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    1. Oh, Lana......tell me more about this thing you call, cool weather! :) I'm so jealous......maybe not of all of the rain that I hear you get, but the cool weather.....yes....definitely jealous. Hope your team has a better outcome this Saturday!

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  2. amen to all you said sista! oh and btw, my plants look worse than yours! i get so excited to buy them come early spring and then by june...it's bye bye my pretties, you are definately on your own!

    auburn had an hour and a half rain delay saturday...thankfully i was sitting in my own COOL DRY den watching...thank goodness we didn't go up for the game.

    well, it's 8:30 a.m. and my air just kicked on AGAIN....it's set on 76 so today's gonna be another scorcher! (do you think i could use any more !!!!'s)!

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    1. I feel your pain, Judy! Bless us! Auburn had a great game.....I think you made the right choice to watch from home though!

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  3. Love your outdoor plant pic! That's how mine feel, too. I really want to wear cute fall clothes, but the it's too hot. Unless, you're inside a business or restaurant. Then the air conditioning is set at tundra levels and I shiver! ;)

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    1. Isn't that the truth, Marie?! Sometimes, I wonder what restaurants are thinking! You can't even enjoy your meal when it's that cold!

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  4. Here where I live the summer has been delightful. The highest temperature was 85 degrees. I could take this kind of weather year round.

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    1. Oh, that sounds wonderful, Happyone!! I can't imagine having summer weather that could be described as delightful!! Lucky you :)

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  5. Connecticut girl living in South Florida. I feel your pain! My son just started college in TN this year and I see he is going to have his first cold snap next week. It will be in the 70s in the daytime! We Floridians call that the polar vortex. (I'm jealous.)

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    1. Wow! I bet that is an adjustment for you! I haven't heard about that cold snap, but I hope we're going to get a piece of that! I don't think I could handle South Florida, Barbells and Buttercream......I've got to have at least a little winter to look forward to. It's what keeps me going through the 80% humidity summer days!

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