Friday, September 25, 2020

A Life at 110° Weekly Link Round-Up



It's been a summer for the record books here in Phoenix. July and August were the hottest two months ever recorded, and we experienced at least FIFTY-TWO consecutive days of temperatures over 110° (43°C for my Celsius friends)-- another record.

What's it like? Like living in a blast furnace.

Don't worry about me. I had a pool, air conditioning, and plenty of iced drinks to keep me cool. Denis was at the airport working in that killing heat. I think the highlight of each of his shifts for him was coming home and getting in the pool, and even though he was doing this at 1 AM, the temperature was still over 100°. There's a saying we like to use here: Phoenix has two seasons, Heaven and Hell. This summer was a lower rung of Hell than previously experienced.

One thing I noticed was that there were a lot fewer birds at our birdbaths and feeders. Animals are not stupid, no matter what some people say. Those birds flew to where it was cooler. To where their food sources weren't fried to a crisp. Where it was easier to find water and shade. One of the signs that told me that we were finished with the blast furnace was the gradual return of the birds, and I am happy to see them.

What I'm not happy about is the pending death of our huge Aleppo pine tree out front. With my staying at home, my attention has been mainly focused on the backyard where the pool and all the feeders and birdbaths are. I should have realized that-- especially with the lack of a monsoon season this summer-- that poor tree needed to be watered. Denis and I are watering it now in hopes that it can be saved, but it might be too late. A lot of birds called that tree home. This place will feel very strange indeed if it has to be cut down.

The high temperatures aren't done with us; they're still over 100°, and you know you're a native when you can say that 100° feels cooler. But enough weather talk! Time to mosey out to the corral to turn all these links loose. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!


►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. We've had a lot of real heat this summer, too, Cathy, and it really does change the way the plants and animals behave. I'm looking forward to some cool, rainy weather sometime soon.... just as soon as I get back from looking at that shipwreck. And then those Bronze Age things.

    1. I can't remember the last time it really rained. We had a sprinkle or two a couple of months ago, and that's it.

  2. I saw that article about GoodReads a few days ago and have since spent some time exploring the StoryGraphs alternative the article mentions. It's still in beta-format at the moment, but it's already kind of fun to play around with. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can directly upload all of your books from GoodReads to StoryGrapph - and that it only takes a few minutes. My 2000, or so, books transferred quickly and accurately (as far as I can tell, at least). Most interesting to me at the moment is some of the statistical analysis on-offer at StoryGraphs. It's definitely worth a look.

    1. Thanks so much for your input on StoryGraph, Sam. I'll be checking it out.

  3. I have seen Aleppo pines before, but didn't previously know the species name, so I've learned something new already.

    That sheriff's program reminded me of the Philip K. Dick short story Minority Report (and the movie of the same name), which is not a good thing.

    And I'll be looking into StoryGraph also...

    1. You were reminded of exactly the same thing I was when I read about that sheriff's program, Kate.


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