May 5th, 2008

The Heat is On, It’s On the Street
Good Things in a Hot Situation

A Warm Hello, A Cold Reception

It’s been scorching hot the past few weeks on this sunny island. Three weeks ago, I was waiting for a bus in the middle of the afternoon sun. By the time the bus arrived (some 30 minutes later!), my skin had been burnt to a golden brown crisp. I suffered a terrible headache which didn’t go away until the next day (I suffered two daylong headaches this week alone just by walking 10 minutes in the sun).

Any suggested activity now will be met with a barrage of questions — Is it indoors? Will there be air-conditioning? Do I need to be in the sun? Should I risk getting a headache for this? Needless to say, I’ve been very reluctant to leave the house and brave the heat.

Last Friday, however, I had to meet a client in the afternoon. On the way there I noticed something I had overlooked the past few weeks — the bougainvilleas are out in full force, framing overhead pedestrian bridges in intense fuschia . Along the main roads, the trees are fiercely and liberally decorated with flowers in deep purples, bright whites, striking oranges and fire engine reds. What a beautiful sight!

Apart from thriving plants, the hot weather has other perks too:

  1. I have a good reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses. And a cap. And a whole new wardrobe? ;)
  2. An icy cold Slurpee is suddenly the best drink on earth. A sour plum iced green tea is a close second. Plus everyday is a valid Ice-Cream Day!
  3. Everyday is Ice-Cream Day

  4. I don’t need to turn on the water heater when showering. I have my own sauna. In fact, I am my own sauna.
  5. Visually stunning days of clear, blue skies and high contrast colours. Some days the colours of the landscape just screams at you. I love it!
  6. My cats prefer to sleep on the floor instead of on the couch, my bed or my desk. I can finally reclaim what is rightfully mine! A triumphant moment in human history!

How’s the weather where you’re at?


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It's been a chilly, wet spring in my neck of the woods. Yesterday I decided I could no longer wait 'til the sun shines to tend to my garden. So, as the drizzle came down, I placed a new, silvery blue and absolutely adorable juniper bush into the damp ground. I've gazed at the bush several times today and it has made me feel good.
patty  at 2:51 pm on May 5, 2008
It's hot here in sunny California. I'm glad too. I am not one for the winter. We are moving into a beautiful new home this week where there is a pool. I can hardly wait!
Damien  at 4:15 pm on May 5, 2008
It is finally full Spring here. 75* and sunny... LOVE it! :o)
Dory  at 8:34 pm on May 5, 2008
since the global warming, its been super indecisive weather at my place, jakarta. its could be gloomy in the morning and super hot in the afternoon and then rain full of thunder in the evening. im just recovered from terrible flu tho. hehe
wiwien  at 11:12 pm on May 5, 2008
Our spring has been wet and disappointing but I'm optimistic that this will soon change. A little bit of sunshine goes a long way when it comes to lifting spirits and I'm ready to be lifted. :-)
timethief  at 11:43 pm on May 5, 2008
We've had our ups and downs here in middle Tennessee. It was cold then it got really, really hot, then it cooled off again, and now it looks like it's warming up. Argh! I'm ready for summer now.
Christopher Waldrop  at 8:14 am on May 6, 2008

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