Monday, September 26, 2005

Heat Wave

Lots of VIPs in Austin this weekend - President Bush stopped by to check on the storm progress (must appear concerned), Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and wee Apple were here (along with many other great bands) for the Austin City Limits Festival, and we had my sister and family, on the tail end of their reluctant tour of Texas, aka Fleeing Rita.

Stephanie prudently left with the twins from Houston in what seemed like plenty of time, and got caught in the gridlock going north. She spent a few days in Dallas at my other sister's house, then stopped Saturday night with us on their way back. The cousins took a group bath, then reluctantly went to sleep. We had time for breakfast and a trip to the park before they left for home. Mercifully there was little traffic for them on the way home.

Predictions of 75 mph winds? Pshaw. It was breezy, but we didn't even get a drop of rain. NOT ONE DROP. The weather headline here is not the hurricane storm, its the heat wave. Sunday it shot up to 107 at the house. Today it only got to 106. I opened the back door this afternoon, and it was like opening the oven door on your face. I picked up Anna at school, and instead of them all waiting out front on the benches, they were hiding inside the big building. "We didn't even go out to play this afternoon," the teachers said. I don't blame them. Its like you wouldn't go out in a blizzard; this is the diametrical opposite.

I checked the chickens this afternoon to make sure they still had water, and they were all hiding in the shade, panting. Bless their hearts, they still layed 2 eggs.

Hopefully soon it may cool off 10 degrees. That's significant, but think of it -- it'll still be 96. Too hot to do anything outside. Thank goodness Wednesday the kids will have gymnastics again, because it'll be too hot to go to the park.

8 comments:

EdamameMommy said...

Tub pics?

Now picture Al, raking the debris out of the yard today in the heat. He looked like a beet when I checked on him. I made him iced tea, but I think he sweated ten times the amount he drank. We had steaks for dinner tonight; he definitely earned it!!!

Jess said...

Oh, man, oh man! I know what you mean! I have an 8 AM class every MWF and it's already hot! It's so crazy! I am just so thankful I don't have to go to class at 2 in the heat of the day! Man, will this heat wave ever end? :(

Aunty Norma. said...

....and here's poor England full of rain,rain,rain...when we do have a nice day it's glorious...just to read this ,Jennifer,makes me feel hot!x

Emily said...

Oh, man, 107! And you guys have humidity in Austin, too. It's been too hot here in Dallas, but not as extreme as what you're experiencing. I'm longing for cooler weather, though. I keep looking at weather maps of Seattle and sighing when I see they have 60-degree highs.
(I got a chuckle when you said "bless their hearts" about the chickens. I think only a vet could bless chickens' hearts!)

Anonymous said...

OH my goodness, I'm in such awe that it's almost October...and it's OVER 100 degrees!!!

I'm so looking forward to that first BLAST of cool air....

Come on winter weather - were anxiously waitin' on you!!!!!!!

Love-Bevie-

Paula said...

Gosh Jenn, I really sympathise with you about the ridiculous hot weather you are experiencing over there! So pleased though that you didn't suffer any ill effects from the hurricane. As aunty norma says, it's really quite rainy over here at the moment and even though we had quite a few "scorchers" over the summer (it got to about 90+ some days) it's now quite cool, the evenings are drawing in and it'll soon be time to put the heating on!! Now then doesn't that make you feel like upping sticks and moving to lovely Runcorn!!!?? Hey, you could even have pork pie!! X

Jennifer said...

Ha ha, Paula, you're cracking me up!

Aunty Norma said...

hahaha good on yer,Paula, and what about the fish and chips with mushy peas? come on,Jenn, let your two taste REAL food :)x