Sunday, August 1, 2010


Yesterday we got up to 104.7 degrees!  Whew!  It didn't stay that hot very long, but it didn't cool down very much either.  We finally got some rain last night though.  Very much needed rain.

I have been real worried about the baby Bluebirds that are trapped inside the wooden boxes. They seem to be okay so far, but this heat is unusual and I am worried about them.

I never remember seeing the temperature get up to 100 degrees during the 30 years we lived in Tampa, Florida, but I hear they have gotten over 100 as well. Today it didn't get up to 100 and we got rain again, for the 2nd day.  We really need that rain.

Al is fighting another case of poison ivy.  He was mowing the pasture last week and thinks that's where he got it.  He is extremely sensitive to it and if he gets anywhere near it, he'll get it.  He never knows exactly where he gets it.  It seems to grow on the edge of the woods.  I have told him not to mow up to the edge of the woods, that I'll do that part, but  I don't think he listened!  He  noticed a few bumps on his legs and now he's complaining that he has the "heebie Jeebies."  That's code for I have poison ivy and I feel like hell inside and outside!  I've been giving him Benedryl but he hates to take it during the day because it makes him so drowsy.  The first summer we were here in Georgia, Al got it at least 5-6 times.  He was miserable most of the summer.  He didn't realize that weed-eating, mowing, changing the mower blades, or changing the string on the weed eater was exposing him to it.  He thought he could dress in long sleeves and not get it.  He didn't realize that the oil sticks to everything and since he's so sensitive to it, it doesn't take much.  I have often thought when he already has some of it, if he just walks near it, he'll get more. 


Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

I am so sorry to hear Al has poison ivy! I can only imagine how miserable he is. Could he get shot for it???
We have also been experiencing the same hot weather and it is preventing us from getting out to walk and just plain enjoy outdoors.
We just had a rain and now it is soooo steaming outside we can't even see out the windows. I'm just tired of the heat...ready for cooler weather.
Keep us updated on the baby bluebirds. I hope they will be ok in this heat.

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Cruzin2some said... [Reply to comment]

Poor Al! Poison Ivy is terrible. We hope he gets rid of it soon.

-Nellie and Jonathan said... [Reply to comment]

Oooh! Sorry about the Poison Ivy! Jonathan gets it bad too. He gets these nasty blisters, and I freak out when I see it. I hope he gets better quickly. That's no fun at all (slight understatement!)

Margie and Roger said... [Reply to comment]

Ivy Dry in a spray helps some. Also, taking an immediate shower after mowing should help. I think they make a non-drowsy Benadryl.