August here in the south is so hot you can fry an egg on the hood of your car. The sun burns your shoulders while you hurry from the car to the store and are grateful for some cool air conditioning relief. The humidity is so high you sweat buckets.
It is the season for hurricanes so we are stocking up on bottled water, batteries and other necessary supplies to sustain us and keep us safe. In the event we find ourselves in the of path of a monster, we will have to ‘hunker down’ as is the language of the storm watchers. We are always thankful for the generator we purchased a few years ago and have not yet had to use, and we will worry once more about whether or not we should have invested in hurricane shutters. We will know by November’s end if we won that gamble or not.
The names of the storms become so familiar, creeping into our everyday conversations as if they are real people living with us. For years after we refer to them as if they were distant relatives who had come to stay for a while. They were either good houseguests or not depending on the damage left behind.
Reading Cyranny’s Cove Blog last night, I see that she is featuring something called After Eight Moments She has been capturing moments each day with her phone and shares them on her site. She suggested we might also find some time to see what we can come up with. I think it’s a great concept and it will encourage me to pay more attention as I go about my day. Loving nature, I generally enjoy running outdoors and thought it would be a good idea to take better notice of my surroundings. Usually I am engrossed in an audible book whilst also keeping an eye on the sidewalks for uneven paving. I have experienced a couple of nasty trips and my poor face, knees ankles and hands can’t take much more abuse!
This morning the temperature was hovering around the 90 degree mark and I had to slow down and walk for a while so I wouldn’t pass out. That gave me the chance to study the world around me and I found these two great things.