10 great things about the freaking hot weather!

It has been miserably hot here in Kansas for far too long.  We’ve had over a month of record breaking high temperatures, and record low rainfall.  It’s a serious crisis, and can literally be deadly if  you aren’t careful.  If we don’t get some rain soon, there won’t be any hay for the cattle and horses next year.

To say it sucks has been an understatement.

It’s hard to keep working in the heat, and eventually it starts to consume your personality.  Normaly positive people become cranky and argumentative.  I’m one of them.

I’m sick of the heat, but I’m also sick of my attitude about it.  So, I’m trying to come up with some positive answers to some of my whining  about the hot weather.  What follows is my hopefully funny effort at shaking off my attitude and lifting my spirits.

Ten Great Things About The Hot Weather

It’s so hot, the only summer on record that has been hotter was 1936, the year of the dust bowl.  Yay!  I’m observing history!  That way, when I retire to be a greeter at Wal-Mart, I’ll have something other to say than “Welcome to Wal-Mart!  Here’s your bleeping shopping cart!”

It’s so hot the only thing growing is grasshoppers.  They are attacking my garden, my yard any my house plants!  Yay!  My chickens are so happy!  They love grasshoppers and l love the sound they make as they rip the little buggers limb from  limb!

It’s so hot nothing is growing and everything is dying. Yay!  It’s so hot and dry even the ragweed is dying!  Seasonal alergies be gone!

It’s so hot, that after days of 107 and above, when I see the bank clock and it says it’s only 103, It barely registers as being a high temp. Yay!  I’m a living breathing example of how adaptable the human body is!  I can tolerate over 100 degree temp changes from winter to summer!  Try that, you ectothermic reptiles!

It’s so hot, I’m going broke buying Gatoraid to keep my electrolytes up.  Yay!  I have fully functional sweat glands that a horse would be envious of, and that are a wonderful example of how intelligently designed/evolved/created we are as a species.

It’s so hot working at the zoo keeping the animals cool, we forget to take care of ourselves.  Yay!  I have a job where ambushing your co-workers with a garden hose is not only tolerated, it’s considered being safety conscious.

Okay, so that was only six.  But my creativity is zapped like a bug in a microwave.

How are you all doing with this weather?  Let me know if you have a particularly fun strategy for keeping your cool when Mother nature is having a melt down.

Stay cool, and think positive!


ROW 80 check in

So far this has been a much better week, writing wise.  I’ve actually managed to write every day.  I didn’t  keep very good count, because I was working on doing some editing and some new stuff, but if I figured two paragraphs was 80 words, I met my goal.

I had some internet and phone issues so I haven’t been able to check in with everyone else, but thank you to those who posted encouragement, I appreciate it.

This week, my goal is to stick to my 80 words ( it feels good to be back in the rhythm again!) and to reach out and give some love to some others in this little community.

There’s a lot of awesome people out there.  Writers have got to be some of the coolest, most generous people I’ve ever met.  I wanna be like you guys when I grow up!  LOL!

Take care, all, and for heaven’s sake if you live in the midwest, stay cool!


ROW 80: Re-evaluating goals!

I think I need to re-evaluate my goals.  I haven’t gotten word one written since I signed up on the 5th.

I have several good excuses.

Between my full time job as a zookeeper, and our farm, I work the equivalent of two full time jobs, and especially in the summer, 14 hour work days are the norm.  If I want to get enough sleep to keep me from turning into the She-Beast that Caffeine Could Not Soothe, it doesn’t leave a lot of time left over.  It also doesn’t leave a lot of energy left over.

The weather lately has been brutally hot, and with a plethora of critters literally depending on me for their survival, keeping animals alive and cool trumps getting words on the page. (Hutchinson, KS had the dubious distinction yesterday of being the warmest spot in the nation, 112 degrees.  I think that temp is only a few degrees lower than a slow oven, isn’t it?)

So, busy and frequently overwhelmed are my steady state, but that is more of an excuse than anything.  I know there are writers out there that work twice as hard as I do, and have less time.  They’re called parents.  One thing going in my favor is that everyone in my house can do their own laundry and make their own PB&J if they are hungry.

But I do think there is a bigger issue than simply a lack of time, although that is a legit factor.  I’m thinking partly a lack of focus when I do get short blocks of time, and partly thinking perfect prose has to flow from my fingertips every time I hit the laptop conspire to trip me up more often than not.

So, for the rest of July, I’m backing off my goal of 500 words.

Instead, my goal is to write every day, a minimum of 80 words.  (seemed to fit!)  And to give myself permission to write badly if necessary.  Even if all I write is “Good Lord, it’s hot out!” sixteen times.

Do any of you struggle with time management and focus issues? If so, I’d love to hear about what has worked for you.  I know there are some awesome, highly disciplined folks in this group and maybe a little will rub off!

Take care,


ROW80 Goals

So, I just ran across this on Kristen Lamb’s blog this morning.  What a time for my internet to have a nervous breakdown, I would have love to be able to sign up for this earlier.

I hope I’m getting this right, I post my goals on my website, and then when I update my progress on my blog, I use the Linky feature to notify everyone.  Whew.

Okay, my goals are:

Finish first draft of the rabbit production materials by the end of July.

Write 500 words on my novel daily.

Simple to write, but hard to do.  Looking forward to meeting some new folks in this challenge and helping each other along the way.