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The Storm after the Heat

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8pm tonight, after an electrical storm.

What a hot day it has been today! We’ve had a series of days of higher than expected temperatures since the new year began, and I’ve had enough!

In keeping with my word for the year, authentic, I am staying true to my feelings, and announcing that I’ve had enough with this heat. I’m not happy.

About 5pm, after the rain, with the thunder still rumbling in the distance. This kookaburra wanted his dinner!
About 5pm, after the rain, with the thunder still rumbling in the distance. This kookaburra wanted his dinner!

The truth of the matter is, I’ve tolerated our hot summer days rather well for the last two summers, although they have been unusually cool for here. When I say cool, I mean less humid. Temperatures have still reached up to over thirty degrees celsius, but with less humidity. This summer though, the humidity is back, squeezing the oxygen from the air and leaving us all dripping with sweat!

The Noisy Miners were all atwitter on the clothesline.
The Noisy Miners were all atwitter on the clothesline.

Today, I made a decision of mammoth proportions, totally out of character for me, whilst at the same time being authentically me ~ I’ve ordered a small, portable air-conditioning unit, which will live in my office/sewing room. The cooler air will make me feel a lot happier.

The sky turned an eerie bright yellow colour as the sun began to set.
The sky had an eerie yellow-green glow as the sun began to set.

How can anyone be expected to work with a clear head, whilst battling to think straight with their melted brain? It’s simply impossible to do so. I have work related sewing to do and so many sewing and craft projects that I can hardly wait to begin, but not in this heat!

The Butcher Bird had been flitting back and forth for food all day. I think he must have been stocking his larder, knowing there was a storm approaching. Here he is at 8pm.
The Butcher Bird had flitted back and forth for food all day. I think he must have stocked his larder, knowing there was a storm approaching. Here he is at 8pm.

I’m not a big fan of air-conditioners. Ceiling fans cool the air very nicely, however I don’t have a ceiling fan in my office. Tomorrow, however, I will be collecting my mini air-conditioner. The money spent on the unit and the extra electricity used to operate it will be earned back tenfold through work production, which has currently ceased, and peace of mind; no more being agitated by the hot days. And I’ll only use it on the hottest of hot days.

One of the kookaburras enjoyed a view of the sun setting from the clothesline.
One of the kookaburras enjoyed a view of the sun setting from the clothesline.

There is often a display of something very special indeed to be had after an unbearably hot day, and that is the cooler relief that an afternoon storm brings. And even more special is the sky….just look at those colours!

A picture paints a thousand words! This sunset is straight out of the camera, free of any editing.
A picture paints a thousand words! This sunset is straight out of the camera, free of any editing.

No one can control the weather and it’s no use trying to fight the heat. I think I may have just worked out a solution to staying busy, which I want to do, whilst tolerating the heat….perfect! 🙂