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“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In spite of Reuters report of, “… six consecutive days of temperatures at 90 degrees or higher in the Twin Cities …” Minnesotans know that cold & snow are truly right around the corner …

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one way to handle a heat wave like this — EMBRACE & CELEBRATE SUMMER TO THE FULLEST!

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“To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth!  Has life anything better to offer than this?” ~ Beverley Nichols

 

 

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“Earth laughs in flower.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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As for the likes of me, well, I believe “… a sure way to restore a sense of innocent wonder is to go on a picnic — in a shady lane or a park, by a lake, on a riverbank or a hillside.  Some place where it’s green and leafy,” as suggested by Sarah Ban Breathnach in her charming book Romancing the Ordinary. 

The shade of my picnic wood is a surprisingly comfortable respite from the sweltering heat. I could lay on this blanket and read all afternoon. Just like I did when I was a kid.

Every Summer of my ‘tween and early teen years was filled with books on blankets: My Sweet Charlie, Paper Moon, Summer of My German Soldier, Summer of ‘42

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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My mind lazily rolls through iconic Summer stories, songs and images — This song haunts my Summer memories and reminisces:

 

 

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“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?”

~ Stephen Wright

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In spite of the fact that Mr. C is now accusing me of “going all ethnic on you” I have to tell you that Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) is the iconic flick that SCREAMS Summer heat to me…

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Finally, if all these romantic reflections on Summer haven’t convinced you to cheerfully embrace the sizzle of the season, then you may find solace in the future — air-conditioned clothing is on the way from Japan:

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“What dreadful hot weather we have!  It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” ~ Jane Austen

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Now it’s your turn.  How are you holding up in the current heat wave?  Are you embracing & celebrating Summer in your own special ways?  What are your favorite HOT books, songs, movies, memories?  Share your sizzling ideas and comments Winking smile          

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32 Responses to “Heat Wave”

  1. Jim

    First off Do The Right Thing is one of my top ten favorite movies of all time. Maybe Danny Aeillo’s best performance. Spike’s best film in my opinion! Second today will be 92 here much like all of the last month and more then likely the next two months lol It is not like were in the 1920s we have air conditioners in our homes, cars, malls, stores, air conditioner stores, pretty much most places. Stop complaining people it could get a lot worse and someday who knows it might!! I love the idea of picknics. We often will take sandwiches wherever we are shooting out in nature and just enjoy the beauty!!

    http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/07/photographing-red-rock-country-sedona.html

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  2. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Jim! –

    Do The Right Thing and picnics — More we have in common, right? I’d like to see the rest of your top 10 movie list sometime ….

    Like you, I figure we get the weather we get and we waste a lot of life by choosing only certain types of weather to “like”.

    Thank you for stopping by to chat — always a pleasure!

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  3. colleen

    Hi Linda! I stopped by earlier in the day and wrote you a long comment and something went wrong and it wouldn’t allow me to publish it so here I am, back again.:)

    I heard about this crazy heat wave from my family in Manitoba, they said where they are it’s 47 degrees Celsius! Mind boggling!:) Your attitude sounds perfect though, to truly enjoy these lazy, delicious summer days, I wish you a beautiful summer!

    We don’t have very hot weather here in Norway right now (or ever;) but I am a sun worshiper, even though I do know how terribly politically incorrect that is!:)

    Well enjoy and soak up some sun for me please!!:)

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  4. Clarence

    Baseball practice cancelled after driving an hour and a half to bring Sid. We get home to a message giving us the news. What do Sid and I do? I say we should go someplace cool to eat, like maybe the Blue Door. He wanted to go somewhere that would have the Twins game on and he has wanted to eat there for a while, and it is just down the street.

    A ton of people had the same idea–so many that a dozen of them were even eating outside. Street, parking lot, sidewalk and inside full.

    We went to Groveland tap. Same thing. Not even a parking space for two blocks.

    We head back to our block. Looks like O’Gara’s. We sat. He ordered the Walleye sandwich. Me? Burger. Watched some baseball. Good excuse to get out and not cook.

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  5. Larry Lewis

    I really do hope you don’t struggle to much with your heatwave. I really am upset for you, make sure you stay in the shade and drink lots of water. I will carry on enjoying the torrential rain and wind that i am being blessed with today and the whole of this week so far, so there’s no worries with heat stroke for me.

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  6. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Colleen! –

    Thank you for your persistence in commenting — I appreciate every opportunity to connect with YOU!

    I wonder how you became such a world traveler? I wonder what your life is like in Norway with your Sri Lankan baby? I wonder what Summer is like without the heat & humidity?

    Life is WONDERFULLY RICH!

    xoxoxL2

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  7. Dangerous Linda

    @Clarence — BEAUTIFUL! Like a mini-movie in my mind — THANKS for sharing a slice of your life XOXO

    @Larry — hahahahahaha!!! thanks for stopping & tossing your two cents in

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  8. Bhavna

    Hi

    You have a wonderful blog great pictures , great setup and theme loved it. loved the way you write too and your pics with those borders. did you buy the custom domain from bloggers? how is it working with a custom domain ? awesome site anyways

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  9. Abhisek

    Right now here in Mumbai,India we are enjoying rain.Winter is the time we prefer for picnics here in India.As we are talking about summer, one of my fav song is ‘Summer of 69′. and fav summer movie is ICE AGE.

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  10. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Bhavna! –

    Thank you for your kind words about my blog.

    I don’t know all the answers to your questions — clearly you are more technically inclined than me

    I’m a simple story-teller with pictures and words …

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  11. Dangerous Linda

    @ Abhisek — I just listened to Bryan Adams – Summer of 69 in honor of YOU! Very nostalgic Ice Age sounds SUPER COOL right now!!! thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation!

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  12. rimly

    Enjoying the heat here during the day and the torrents at night. What else do you need? Staying indoors with a book and listening to music. I always welcome all the seasons with an open heart.

    My latest post
    http://rimlybezbaruah.blogspot.com/2011/07/questions.html?spref=gr#close=1

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  13. Bhavna

    Thanks Linda for dropping in at my webpage and sharing your piece of advice..appreciate it and keep it in consideration keep in touch

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  14. SJ

    I would give anything right now to be experiencing some of that, I have a week in the states with work coming up (about 3 weeks away) I’m so fed up of looking out of my window and seeing grey skies and rain. I think we had our 1 week of summer about a month ago LOL

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  15. rhyme me a smile

    I really admire those people who can be happy in the super humid heat and the freezing cold. I am “too hot” in the 80s!

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  16. Corinne Rodrigues

    So glad you’re having a good time…Loved the quotes and the music too, Linda. Your post reminds me of one I had written a while back which refers to summer holidays in my childhood…http://www.everydaygyaan.com/2011/03/life.html

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  17. Amy

    totally enjoyed visiting your blog!

    my kids, sidewalk chalk and slow melting Popsicle (-the humidity!!!)

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  18. Nelieta

    I love the heat and the summer! I can never get too much of sunshine and heat! Here in Argentina we are freezing right now! Last night it was -5 and you have no idea how the cold impacts on my state of mind I want the summer back!

    Great post Linda!

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  19. Dangerous Linda

    @Rimly — I love this “I always welcome all the seasons with an open heart” and I agree with you WHOLEHEARTEDLY! I believe it is the “job” of poets and artists (like you and me) to show others, who might be too busy with “real life” to notice, the beauty of every day in every season and all kinds of weather. Thank you for all that you are!

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  20. Dangerous Linda

    @SJ — Where will you be visiting in the states? I love rainy days but rainy & gray over a long time poses certain challenges to the emotions, right? Hope, maybe, some of these images/ideas warmed you up a little Thanks for stopping by and chatting — Come back soon!

    @Rhymie Baby — I really admire people who can make nursery rhymes out of current events! I guess we all have our gifts — haha!

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  21. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Corinne! –

    I read your post and it gave me goosebumps. Reminds me that all over the world our stories are so different — but not so different ;-x

    I appreciate you! Thank you for visiting & sharing!

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  22. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Amy! –

    Summer with kids is especially special because it’s our “job” to find fun things to do with them, right? I went on a lot more picnics when I had little kids, for example. Oh, and I remember the sidewalk chalk and popsicles!!

    I visited your blog too! Your “Friday moment” is a striking image. I’m particularly impressed by the idea of capturing the beauty of everyday, ordinary moments like that! I tried to leave a comment (twice) but I don’t think it went through. Not sure what the trouble was …

    Nice to “meet” you — hope to see you again soon!

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  23. Dangerous Linda

    @Nelieta — I hope you warm up soon! At least, you have a fireplace to snuggle up in front of. What could be more romantic than that??? But, your point is well taken and that’s why I REFUSE to complain about the Summer heat — it will be gone soon enough! Thank you for dropping by to say “Hi!” Come back soon

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  24. Jessica Mokrzycki

    We’ve been hitting the lake to try to keep cool and just got home not too long ago visiting Cape Cod. There’s nothing like a lazy summer afternoon that includes a blanket, some shade and a good book! I’m getting a lot of reading done myself this summer

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  25. Dangerous Linda

    @Jessica — That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout, gurrrllll!!! Be cool

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  26. Brenda

    I’m in San Francisco currently without a heatwave, BUT when it’s hot here, I drown myself in Dean Martin. He was before my time but I grew up listening to him and have always thought he was too cool. He makes me feel ‘cool’ when it’s too hot to breath. Something I do with my kids is to have an indoor picnic when it’s too hot outside. We spread a table cloth on my bed, pop in a movie, and eat deli style meats and yummy cheese. (oh, and the like Dean too)

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  27. Dangerous Linda

    Hi, Brenda! –

    Great advice!

    Like you, I learned all the Dean Martin songs from my parents’ albums when I was a kid! “King of the Road” immediately comes to my mind — haha!

    I love the idea of a picnic with the fam on your bed and a movie. Sweet memories!

    Thank you for stopping by and chatting

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  28. KalpanaS

    English hide-and-seek weather, sun’s peekaboo again- after autumnish blusters.

    Movie meltdowns:
    ‘Summer-lovin’ in Grease

    Yes definitely the Right Thing by Spike Lee get the icecream.

    Oh and how about vintage ‘In the Heat of the Night’huh?

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  29. Dangerous Linda

    Hey, KalpanaS! –

    Welcome!

    I also thought of the movie Grease but the song that came to my mind first was “Hopelessly Devoted to You” — haha! Great memories!

    And In the Heat of the Night — I had a HUGE crush on Sidney Poitier when I was a teenager! Good stuff!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I can tell we are movie snobs with similar tastes

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  30. Amy

    thank you for stopping by my blog. I am not sure what happen with the commenting; you are the 2nd person to tell me this. I will check into it…

    And, thank you for you kind words about my photography ~made me smile

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  31. Debra

    It’s Hot!
    By Shel Silverstein

    It’s hot!
    I can’t get cool,
    I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade,
    I think I’ll take my shoes off
    And sit around in the shade.
    It’s hot!
    My back is sticky,
    The sweat rolls down my chin.
    I think I’ll take my clothes off
    And sit around in my skin.
    It’s hot!
    I’ve tried with ‘lectric fans,
    And pools and ice cream cones.
    I think I’ll take my skin off
    And sit around in my bones.
    It’s still hot!

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  32. Dangerous Linda

    @Debra — perfect! Thank you XOXOX

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