MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, THE 241ST DAY OF 2013: Considering the local high temps for the past week 97, 97, 97. 98, and 103 … you might think that I’m under the weather. And you’d be right. Normally, local temps start rising in late spring gradually increasing until they reach their peak in July where they begin to alternate between scorching and not so during August. This year we had tourist attracting weather throughout July and into the start of August when mercury began a very rapid climb. We didn’t have any time to adjust to the heat. Also, last year we had a pretty severe drought which the winter snows and spring rains were able to correct. Unfortunately, the rains stopped when the temps began to climb. And the area is suffering from a water shortage again. In the past two weeks, grass has stopped growing. and the grass beneath trees has begun to brown. And Monday when I went shopping for groceries, I discovered that I had not acclimated myself to glaring sunlight, high temps and yellow, orange and red air levels. So all week I have not been going outside during the sunlight hours. And Ms. Renee has been doing the same. This morning I forgot to put seed and water out for my woodland pals, and right after lunch  when the temp was reaching 103 I heard a scratching noise at the back door. When I looked out the door I saw the bushy-tailed, white bellied squirrel looking for me. Yeah, the water and seed bowls where empty. So I forced myself to trek across the yard with a pitcher of water and a daily helping of seed. Ten minutes later the area under the tall maple tree was full of bird and squirrels. And yes, birds and squirrel do eat and drink out of the same bowls at the same time.

Because of the heat I really haven’t been doing a lot of cooking this week. I was nuking leftovers from my freezer and a couple of frozen entre form Stouffers. Today, I had to cook because  the leftovers ran out. So I got out the big old skillet and whipped up a batch of Unsuffering Succotash and Cornbread Muffins.DSCF1009


At least I’ll have three more ready to heat and eat dinners in the freezer again.

THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE: Surely, you remember the four day challenge I started on Tuesday.DSCF1006

It was to make a paper picture frame in four parts and assemble it into an adjustable frame. Well, with the heat and sinus congestion I really wasn’t in the mood for working on an impractical time waster like a paper picture frame.DSCF1011


To today the fourth and final day, I had only completed two parts of the four part project.DSCF1012

And since the hadn’t gone together very well, I decided to avoid the hassle and admit defeat. So there, blame it on the heat!

DUMB MENSA PUZZLE: Instead, I decided to do the puzzle from the Mensa Calendar.DSCF1014
It was dumb, too! Blame it on heat frustration.  The answers are 1-e, 2-f, 3-d, 4-c, 5-b and 6-a. But only if you’re under six or seven.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on August 31, 2013, in MY DAILY CALENDAR and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The heat sucks. I’m glad you and Renee are able to stay in as much as possible, but also, I thank you fervently on behalf of the squirrels and birds for helping them out. The lizards keep taking brief dips in the dogs’ water bucket outside because it’s been so dry here. Today we finally got a bit of rain, but we need more.

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