There’s been a welcome change in the weather. We finally got a couple of days of gentle rain, perfect for soaking the ground. We could use more, but we’re thankful for what we got.
For me, the change is wonderful. We’re able to turn off the AC, open the doors and windows, for at least part of the day until the temp outside goes up over 80. Fresh air in the house is a pleasant change. And using the AC less should bring down the electricity bill just a tad.
Of course, not everyone is happy. Some like it hot. Some don’t like the rain, although they know how much we needed it. For some, cooler weather, especially rain, brings on arthritic pain or pain from fibromyalgia. I have that, but I’m far more bothered by heat and high humidity than by cooler and wetter weather–until winter sets in and it hovers between 20 and 30 and lots of dampness. That’s miserable.
Aren’t we a mess, we poor humans? No matter what the weather, some complain and others rejoice. We’re certainly a hard bunch to please.
Right now, our skies are clear. The temp is 63, with a predicted high of 83. A perfect day, really, and I’m loving having the house open.
Except–of course, there’s always an “except”–for the noise from someone’s leafblower; someone else is hammering on some kind of project; and a very noisy plane of some sort went over the house a few minutes ago heading for the little airport nearby. Loud enough to wake the dead.
There’s always something 🙂
I can’t write this today without mentioning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her 70-year reign sets a new record. Elizabeth I ruled for 45 years; Queen Victoria for 63.5 years. There have been kings who reigned for 50+ years, notably Henry VIII, James VI of Scotland, and George III. George III was King during the American Revolution, and was almost universally considered to be a little bit off his rocker. All three of those men ruled for over 50 years.
But back to Elizabeth II. It’s been interesting to watch comments about her. Most of them praise her for her calm demeanor at all times, even during heartbreaking times. Always a lady, always appropriate, always distinguished. Of course, the monarchs of the United Kingdom don’t have much political influence nowadays; and Queen Elizabeth never, to my knowledge, went beyond the accepted norm in that department.
I am not a Royals Watcher. I don’t keep up with all the day-to-day doings of the various princes, etc. I did, however, admire and respect Elizabeth II. I don’t know what those who have excoriated her, even calling her “The Snake Queen,” know that I don’t. It doesn’t matter. There will always be the critics who have to try to influence everyone else to their chosen opinions. They have not influenced me.
Well. It’s been an interesting week, with all the dreadful nonsense coming out of our own government; the awful financial condition of our country; the ongoing political messes stemming from the Mar-A-Lago raid, and so on.
I’m watching the immigration invasion–over 5 million illegal immigrants under Biden’s watch. The governor of Texas announced publicly that he was going to bus them to D.C. and other major cities that have proclaimed themselves “sanctuary cities.” Now, the mayors of those cities are calling for assistance, saying that Gov. Abbot’s actions have created a health crisis in D.C. The mayor of Chicago is shipping immigrants to the suburbs. With all her rhetoric, she doesn’t know what to do with them, either. As long as they all stayed in the border states, these mayors were all in favor of the open border. Now, not so much.
Well. I don’t usually comment much on current events. Guess I broke that mold today. So I want to state, as I have before: If you disagree, that’s fine. At least on paper, we still have freedom of speech in America. But this is MY blog, and I will not publish a comment that is profane, obscene, or hateful. If you want to disagree, you are always free to start your own blog 🙂
And now I need to get busy on meal-planning and grocery-shopping. Mundane, but somewhat comforting in the ordinariness of it.