Friday, June 1, 2018

In June Swoon, or Solstice Watch?

The first of June is feeling a lot like the middle of August.

My faithful walking dog Ellie and I have deferred our daily walk from the morning to dusk to try to combat the summer mugginess that has already settled in for a spell. However, tonight the late start didn't help much. At 8 p.m., the temperature was still 86 degrees and the "feels-like" temperature (factoring in the humidity) was 88. Furthermore, the 63% humidity was forecast to rise into the 80s during the wee hours of the night. Unfortunately, the forecast does not call for any refreshing rain. A-Cs will be cranking tonight.

With a mile left to the turnaround point in our walk, a funny thing happened: Ellie suddenly stopped, refused to take another step, and looked up at me with pleading moon eyes. "What's the matter, L?" I asked. "Do you want to go back home and get some water, take a nap, see Dasher and Big Mama?" Sure enough, she turned around and headed us toward home. That leaves me about 1,500 steps short of the 7,000 steps a day my fitness teacher Sarah has recommended, but maybe I will make up some doing chores tonight. Blogging won't add much, though.

Speaking of fitness, I am excited to be switching to another workout facility (though with the same great teacher) on Monday. At the Core Fitness Club, I will be able to take advantage of a spacious workout room that is even available for solo working out when no classes are underway. Plus, the facility has more complex workout machinery than I probably ever will be able to handle. The exercise bikes are a good start, though, and can give me some extra cardio benefit. The county recreation center was nice and clean, but with few workout extras.

It is supposed to be at least a few degrees cooler Monday, and that will help. Keep in mind that we are still almost three weeks away from the summer solstice (June 21), the point when the sun rises to its northernmost perch from the equator. It is the day bringing the most hours of sunlight during the year. However, even though the sun's rays are at their most direct, it is not usually the hottest day of the year. One reason is that the ocean, which is still relatively cool from Spring's impact, absorbs some of that energy and releases it into the atmosphere later in the summer, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. So late July to mid-August normally brings us our hottest days. Something to look forward to, right?

Did you know that some people worldwide venture out and celebrate the solstice? Have you made plans? Ellie and I probably will just take a walk. Maybe we'll see some more bluebirds. We spotted four this evening, just a few blocks from our home. Isn't it good luck to see a bluebird? I am declaring that to be so.

Have a happy June 1!

      © Robert Gray Holland  2018

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