This heat-and-humidity wave is apparently the result of a high-pressure system coming from Bermuda, and is expected to last until the end of August.
The excessive humidity here is having one good side-effect -- it's keeping our forests somewhat safer by limiting the number and size of wildfires. So many places around the world are facing terrible fires with the accompanying loss of life, dislocation of residents, and overwhelming stress on firefighters and resources. I feel for those people and I'm thankful we've been spared that so far.
However, being hunkered down inside in the summer is much like being stuck inside in winter. I go to work and to the grocery store and that's about it. I'm wary of driving any distance in case my car should decide to act up, because I worry about being stuck on the highway waiting for assistance in this heat. That may seem like an overabundance of caution to some folks, but considering I came close to fainting at work a couple of weeks ago after walking to the office from the parking lot, I figure I'd rather be safe than sorry. So . . . no trips to see the grandkids. Or any other relatives. No trips to the beach. No gardening.
Since I couldn't get out to take any pictures, I was happy to find these on the camera from a couple of weeks ago. They were taken in mid-afternoon. The deer are quite comfortable strolling around the neighbourhood night or day -- to the benefit of those who like to watch them and take pictures.
Two in the front yard . . .
. . . joined by No. 3 . . .
Aha! What are those things on the front of your head?
Why, hello! And hello to your antlers, too! Aren't you going to be handsome in a year or two or maybe four!
I was about twelve feet from this guy, but I was on the verandah, hiding behind a post (unsuccessfully, judging from the look on his face), with a railing between us, so I wasn't worried about being close. There have been cases of people getting run over by deer. I had no intention of joining them.
Moseying along to the neighbours' yards
Other than that, I've been reading and keeping up with the news and trying not to gain weight from sitting around. I'll be glad when the weather cools off even a little and I can get out to walk again.
How do you cope with weather that keeps you from your usual scheduled activity? Are you an indoor-exercise-equipment kind of person? Are you a the-heck-with-the-weather-I'm-running/walking-anyway kind of person? Or are you a cut-back-on-the-food kind of person? Tell me, please -- I'm all ears.
Just like those deer.
Warm wishes from hot Nova Scotia for a good weekend!