Slice of Life : 4th of July Week

Melting on the 4th of July this year:)

It hit 98 degrees around 3:00 p.m. in my little borough south of Pittsburgh on the 4th of July.

As I indicated in a prior post many of us in older homes without central air face  challenges when we get a heat wave like this.

Meanwhile 10 minutes from here Canonsburg had their 4th of July Parade, still hailed as the 2nd largest in the State. ( Pennsylvania )

Up until about 2 years ago, people would put their chairs out a good week or more prior to the parade. This picture is one that I took in 2012 :

No one could navigate the sidewalks in some places, or you’d have chairs in a storm blowing across the street….so now this staking your spot has been limited to one or two days prior to the parade.

Even in this heat …..the parade starts at 10 :00 and the temperature at 10:30 was 85 degrees, thousands still attended the parade according to local news. I did not…too hot for me! :)  The above photo is taken from a different year where the weather was reasonable.

My favorite parade picture of all time is of my grandson Brent when he was two years old :)

Sometimes we’d gather here for lunch afterwards….

But this year I was going down the street to feed cats and fish at my son’s house and keeping Merle here ( whose favorite new toy is the Dollar Store Hot Dog :)

As THEY were enjoying the beach :)

Last but not least, the fireworks are usually viewed from the local high school stadium but this year the bleachers are being refurbished (sigh )

Melting in the heat and nowhere to sit for the fireworks? It might be a good year to watch some online rather than venturing out :)

From the news, I know that many of you are also melting in the heat…hope that you are faring as well as you can with it. I’ve given up on most yard work / house work etc. and just have a simple goal of surviving :)

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Slice of Life : End of June

I haven’t quilted or appliqued or done a thing in regards to that hobby since the cat died last Wednesday. I suppose because she was such an integral part of it all…

Rather, I just decided to go in search of some ‘light summer reading’.  I decided on the “Mitford” series by Jan Karon.  I had a few of them and the local library has the titles to fill in what I did not have, in addition to all of the newer ones…

Out of curiosity I checked to see what my Slice of Life was in regards to what was I sewing / doing last year at this time…..

I was finishing up the quilting on Scrappy Granny…

but I was also immersed in some summer reading : ) I was going through this series from the library …

I read FAR more in the summer when I can sit out on the front porch and read in natural light.

Meanwhile sitting out on the back porch the other night, with storm clouds scudding across the sky, I managed to capture this shot of the moon :

My middle son and wife and kids are off to the beach for a week and I have their dog Merle.  Merle is half Rottweiler and half Lab.

I am very attached to him…here he was as a little Christmas gift puppy for the children a few years ago :)

Daisies, Day Lilies etc are in bloom around here right now along with the Trumpet Vine on the side of the house ..

and the Orange Cone Flowers in the front…

I am in Southwestern PA. While my son’s family has gone south to Myrtle Beach, we are in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures that will be higher here  than where they are.

In this little bungalow, dated back to 1917, I have steam heat and no whole house air. I have A/C units in the dining room and living room and then walk into a 100 degree galley kitchen. If I want to turn on the microwave or oven in the kitchen I have to turn off the A/C in the dining room. At some point during the evening I have to turn off all A/C downstairs in order to run the A/C upstairs in my bedroom.

I JUST had my son install these A/C units yesterday….we have had two heatwaves prior to this week’s but they were only for 2-3 days with cool-offs arriving after that. I see no cool-offs in the immediate forecast and am already ready for fall :) I am not a person that likes the heat :) Anything over 72 degrees is too hot for me!

I am probably going to ‘BLOG BREAK” for awhile after this :)

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