Mary Beth Writes

6/17/2024

We all knew it was coming and here it is. A Hot Week! We are in the news! We are important! Humans around the nation, especially in the East and Midwest, will be living through a week with temps in the 80’s, 90’s and worse.

For those of us with average health and nice homes with air conditioning – this is not exactly worth the news coverage we are going to get. We might be uncomfortable this week but we will be fine. Just saying that the real news in this situation is climate change and if it isn’t covered from that angle, then the news is pandering for advertising and we can turn it off and have an ice water.

But there are interesting things to watch and do. I put out pie plates of water in our yard. I don’t usually feed birds but when it is going to be super-hot, I like to watch them sip and splash.

I volunteered at the food pantry this morning. It wasn’t miserable when we started but by noon we were dragging. (And by “we” I mean that nearly every volunteer is a retired person past our 'first bloom', as it were.) There were bottles of water in the fridge and guess what? Drinking water revives! Marvel at how simple recovery sometimes is.

More noteworthy is that the huge institutional walk-in freezer has had mechanical issues in the past month. I’m guessing hot, humid weather puts a strain on infrastructure and if it’s happening here, it’s a strain on systems elsewhere. We remember to donate money at Christmas. Now is a good time, too.

So. Drink water. Set out water for the birds and critters if that makes sense for where you live. Put water in the freezer tonight for letter carriers and delivery people tomorrow. Give money to local shelters and pantries which WILL be struggling to keep everything working as they help people who don’t have homes.

Don’t forget to make your own cool hot-weather memories. Go outside early in the day. Eat breakfast al fresco? If you have kids around, fry an egg on the sidewalk. Meet friends for ice cream or drinks. Flaunt your “sexy” clothes that emphasize your beautifully flabby arms, wrinkled neck, substantial midriff and thinning hair that floats about your head like your own nimbus.

Let’s see where this week takes us.

 

 

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We celebrated the first day of hot weather by eating lunch at DQ! We are survivors!
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A worthy strategy!

Thanks for mentioning letter carriers. As a retired letter carrier (on foot, no vehicle) I still remember the good folks who would open their doors and hand me an icy cold bottle of water or a can of soda on those unbearably hot, humid days. Now my son is a letter carrier and I'm hoping some of his customers do the same for him.
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Thank you for saying this. I sometimes wonder if I'm being too much of a "grandma" when I hand over a drink or candy, This helps make it clear that walking all day in harsh weather is not easy.

No, you'll never be too much of a "grandma" for your letter carrier! Thank you for your kindness to him/her from a former mail lady.

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What Now, US Constitution?

7/2/2024

Not sure if I wrote this post for you or for me.

I was close to the end of my volunteer shift at the Food Pantry yesterday. The morning had been tougher than usual (see the upended boxes we didn’t have time to flatten) and I was tired. Then I got this text from Len, “Don’t look at the news.”

I’ve never received anything this cryptic from Len in my life. I told my co-worker Nancy I needed to look at the news because something weird was going on.

She replied, “The Supreme Court.”

Hot Weather Diary #4

6/26/2024

Guess what amazing thing is happening at my house right now? This has not happened in, I think, two weeks…

OUR WINDOWS ARE OPEN!

Yesterday evening the heat index was 100 degrees. Tonight the temperature is 70, low humidity, breezes wafting in the windows like angels’ breath.

Hot Weather Diary #3

6/19/2024

Today was another hot one and right now, it’s still 93 degrees in my backyard.

Hot Weather Diary #2

6/18/2024

“Time wasted at a lake is time well spent.”  (I tried to learn who wrote this; it seems to have arisen spontaneously on a Pinterest plaque for your cabin.)

There is an argument that civilization started on the banks of rivers, the oceans, and along the shores of the hundreds and thousands of lakes on our earth. Waterfront is where people and animals gather to drink, eat, cool off, and watch the youngsters while they play. Also, it’s where adults gather to chat, fish, breathe in beauty, and sometimes swim far out there where joints don’t ache and its quiet.

What the Dickens?

The photo is from Barnados, a childrens charity in London in the 19th century. 

6/15/2024

Argh! I have a new phone because the old one stopped staying charged plus a few more foibles. My phone cost $400 five years ago so it makes sense that it stopped working reliably, right? If an appliance worked like this we would burn that manufacturer to the ground.

Swan Story

6/3/2024 

I’ve been reading a lot of other people’s writing lately and I have decided there is too much to read. Much of it is very good but there is JUST TOO MUCH!

So my goal going forward is to write shorter posts, more often, that might remind you of the glory, power, and goofiness of your life as well as mine.

So, let me say again what’s always very true. Thank you for reading what I write.

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