Saturday, July 07, 2007

Still Sizzling...

We had another scorching day today here in Southern California. The temperature hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit; it was 90 degrees in the shade by late afternoon. This went on with other states east of California, i.e., Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Arizona. We were asked to conserve energy to prevent power outage that would lead to rolling black outs. Mostly I stayed downstairs where it was much cooler. I have taken one of my easels down to the game room so I can do a little bit of painting. But the heat was unbearable, I didn't feel like doing anything. A little exertion of effort was so tiring it was best to stay motionless.


How I wish I could lounge in a hammock by the seaside and read a good book; drink ice cold buko and lull myself to sleep. Aah, dream on.


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My husband and I had gone to Redondo Beach, a 50 miles drive down south, last Saturday. It was cool there. The breeze coming from the ocean was so refreshing. After having lunch we took a walk at the pier and watched people fish; fish were not biting. We walked down to the boardwalk and stopped by the ice cream place and we had our usual one scoop ice cream which we shared. The young fellow who usually serves us wasn't there. He quit and went back to school. He knew me already and always had an extra cup, spoon and napkin for me. Two ladies took his place: a mother and her daughter. After we finished our ice cream we headed to our car and drove back to our hot, hot, hot place, near the desert.


Fish were not biting.
The beach was crowded with people cooling off from the heat.


A family filleting their catch.


At the upper level, we watched people stroll the boardwalk.



A boat with a very familiar name.


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Right now, I feel like dipping in a pool. I wouldn't care if I get toasty brown...aarrgh, it's just too darn hot. When is this going to end?



20 comments:

Pepe said...

Good weekend Mari....! I just love to watch their stunts, but scared to copy the moves 'coz i might lose a nose ha-ha....! I agree Mari, i think there's even a lot more distractions on the road that are much worse than these, like mobile phones for instance so maybe they should just leave those kid alone.... They just wanted to earn a little lang naman di ba....? =)

By the way, it's winter naman dito sa australia ngayon he-he....! Pero hindi kasing lamig dyan sa winter nyo.... We don't even have the snow here, just up in the alpine regions....

DChrysalis2024 said...

Wow Marie...sharing one scoop of ice cream! How romantic can one couple be...love, germs and all. Juz kiddin' You know me...the one with all the crappy jokes! Anyway my Jay just ducked in and blurted: "Momma, it's sizzling hot out there...98 degrees!" Would you believe..at the East Coast too? Do you think our enemies out there are aiming their heat radars towards us at the States? I might as well stay put in my bedroom in front of my PC. It's cold here Marie...come join me....DC

vk said...

hello Mari,

wow, hot dyan sa inyo....but when too hot, it´s bad.

dito, siguro wla na kaming summer time, parang fall na ang weather namin, malamig naman at umulan pa.
kaya sabi pa, parang wlang summer time na talaga.....

nice your painting here, parang sa probensiya namin, sa puno ng mangga or guava, yon ang hammock, tapos ilogan ng maka pahinga....

nice the view where you n your husband strolling, ganda ng view talaga....

lalo na yon familiar word...lapu-lapu....lol

ay oo nga ang ganda ng gumamela pics. sa right side, parang real flowers.....

thanks for sharing your post, kahit mainit dyan, pero isip ko sana, uminit naman dito sa amin....

vk said...

Thanks for your greetings sa mga anak ko, thank you, thank you....

Mari said...

pepe, that kid was good. But the problem with him was that he's doing it right on the street, and that puts him in danger. That's perhaps the reason why they want to ban sign spinning. No need, as long as they stay within a certain boundary, like the sidewalk, or out of the street. A bit of regulation, that I think is all it needs.

So, we're reverse. It's summer here. In winter we don't get snow, unlike in the northern states, mid-west and the eastern side of the country.

Thanks for the visit.

Mari said...

dc, yup, we share ice cream, germs and...whatever. He doesn't like to eat one whole scoop, and I don't either. And besides...tipid. he he he You know the price had gone up?...well, a few cents. 98 deg. is hot!!! It's now your turn to swelter, it's getting a bit cooler now. We're getting a break.

Thanks for coming.

Mari said...

vk, baka late lang ang summer ninyo. Kung minsan ganyan. Yung drawing markers lang yan sa papel...kasama sana ay poem pero nawala ko yung poem. Hindi ko na alam kong saan ko nilagay. Ay, tumatanda na talaga. Hi hi hi

My husband's idea to take the picture of that Lapu-lapu boat. Buti sinabi niya sa akin at nai-post ko dito.

Salamat sa bisita mo.

sasha said...

Feels like you're in the Philippines at summertime ano? Sarap mag-halo halo nyan, or fruit shake :)

Hay naku, there are days here naman na humid pa rin. Tapos biglang uulan sa gabi. Kaya uso sakit ngaun.

Don't worry, lipas din yang weather na yan. When nga ba?

Happy Monday, Mari! I hope this week won't be as scorching as the previous one :)

Nini said...

blistering weather is going to be with us longer, ocean front spot is the place to be. i imagine coconut trees lining up the view, oh heaven:-)

luv the drawing, mari!

nini

Mari said...

sasha, para ngang Pilipinas na, sobrang init. Sarap nga ng halo-halo.

Tag-ulan na nga diyan, no? Ingat lang at huwag pababasa ng di magkasakit.

Today was a bit better...breeze was cool, and hopefully, tomorrow it will be the same. It will be a break for us.

Thanks and have a great day.

vk, you're welcome!

Mari said...

nini, yup, it's going to be like this till Sept. or Oct. But, pray it won't be as scorching as the last few days.

The drawing was supposed to go with a poem I started, but somehow I lost it. Can you believe that?

Thanks for your comment.

JMom said...

It seems hot is the operative word nowadays. It's hot and humid here, and I'm actually looking forward to spending some time in S. Cal this summer. I used to love going to Redondo Beach just to walk around and people watch.

Mari said...

jmom, your turn perhaps to swelter in this heat. The weather had cooled off a bit since yesterday, Sunday. My husband and I drive that far...just to get away...and have our favorite fish soup at a Korean restaurant on the pier. It's fun watching people stroll the boardwalk.

Thanks for your visit.

tina said...

Good day Ate Mari!!! hehe it's been awhile since I last visited here.. anyway... it's cold here on our side. every night it rains.... :) i love the drawing... napaka-dreamy... hayyyy

Ebb Tide said...

What a beautiful name for a boat
"Lapu-Lapu!" I thought its just a name for delicious fish. Puwede din pala sa boat.

Mari said...

tina, it must be monsoon on your side of the globe. We're getting a break here, the temperature has gone down to the 80's. Whooopieeee!

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.

Mari said...

ebb, Lapu-lapu wasn't just the name of a fish, but it was the name of a man who defended his country from foreign invaders lead by Magellan. I wonder, if he knew mahi-mahi. Lol.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

SexyMom said...

i looked at the date of your post--to double check if it is an old post or a new one. and it's a new one! you see, summer is over na in the Philippines, we are in fact waiting for the rains (i heard in the news that water level in la mesa dam is dipping).

i see that you are still in the height of summer there, hope it will not get hotter!

Mari said...

sexy mom, hope you'll have rain to supply your reservoir. We need rain here as well. Our water has dipped from the normal level, but in the mid-west it's raining cats and dogs.

The temperature here has gone down to a comfortable low 80's, but August is the hottest month of the year, so we're not out of the woods yet.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Mari said...

Hi, vk, as per your request, I didn't post your comment. Hi hi...funny.

Good luck to Sascha. Don't worry too much about his test, he'll be alright.

Thank you.