No wind today – not a breath. No clouds in the sky, either – the clouds departed as the sun enlightened the sky to soft robin egg’s blue. I got out and back, walking while the humid heat was not fully awake. However it was fully awake by the time I left for appointments and duties this morning -- and kept trying to smother me all day. Popping out for a few groceries this afternoon late, I discovered I can stroll as slowly as Scarlett O’Hara on a hot day in Georgia – ain’t no point moving fast and fainting. But walk I did, later tonight, through all that dead still air. I came back dripping more than if I had been in a sauna.
Why am I doing this? Walking makes me sleep better, and it dispels the stiffness that keeps reminding me how old I am.
Expecting another blast of still hot air when I stepped out at 11 PM to water the flowers not in the sprinkler’s path, I was pleased to feel and smell fresh moving air, about 15 degrees cooler than at 9 PM. Doug’s mother used to say about the weather in Texas, “If you don’t like it, wait fifteen minutes; it can change.” I wish we had an upstairs sleeping porch – tonight would be perfect sleeping weather. But the weather might change again.
One thing about Dallas weather, no mountains change the weather patterns here, like they do in Maryland. People here don’t really believe Maryland has mountains. (Texans, they are too close to Colorado to be properly impressed with the Appalachians.) They don’t know that we, Maryland, have it all – mountains and oceans – plus we have a bay. But now I am part of the "they" -- at least for the time being.
One benefit of Texas in the summer is their peaches – they are quite tasty. Not as tasty as the ones that Rookies Market in Annapolis carried, though. Rookies had a connection to a farm in St. Margaret’s Maryland – and their peaches were worth the wait.
I miss Annapolis – as it was in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. I used to walk in the early mornings there, too. Down Southgate, left onto Franklin, up past the hospital to Church Circle, and then down Main Street, through the Naval Academy, past the Chapel, out Gate 3, up Maryland Ave, back around the Circle, down Franklin and back to Southgate. The fact that everything in the downtown has changed – makes being apart from it easier. While I like to revisit in my memories, I don’t want to get trapped there and miss tomorrow’s adventure.
I remember things that happened sixty years ago, but if you ask me where I left my car keys five minutes ago, that's sometimes a problem. -- Lou Thesz (Christians Quoting)