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114 degrees in the shade

Except for me. Yes, I live in the desert. Yes, I knew it was going to be hot when I moved here. And, no, I don’t haveĀ  a pool.

The two swamp coolers we have won’t stand up to this kind of heat. We’ll just have to mosey on down to the movie theater this afternoon during the worst of the heat and watch Harry Potter.

So, I guess the heat isn’t too bad. Just as long as I’m not in it.

Daylight savings doesn’t happen for another week. I don’t know whether to be happy or upset about this. On one hand, it’s the official herald of winter and all that implies. On the other hand, it’s freaking dark when I get off of work and the cold gets worse. So, really, its a toss up.

Here’s the official news release from the National Post (from Canada, eh!):

Don’t set your clocks back an hour this weekend or you’ll have a lot of coworkers laughing at you on Monday morning. This year, Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m. the first Sunday in November, instead of the last Sunday in October.

For that, you can thank the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. To save energy, U.S. legislators set the stage then for 34 weeks of DST, beginning this year.
The savings “could be in the ballpark” of 1% of household consumption on a daily basis, said Rob Douglas, research officer at the time standards group of the National Research Council of Canada.

So it won’t be until next week that everyone rolls back the hands of time — everyone except Saskatchewan that is. The province stubbornly sticks with Central Standard Time, year round.

National Post

Here’s the cake that I made for my son’s Cub Scout Pack meeting yesterday! Sorry about the horrible quality. I had to take the photo’s with my phone!



Autumn is my favorite of the seasons. Crisp in the mornings and evenings, warm in the afternoon. Beautiful colors and the excitement of the upcoming holidays. I wish it could be Autumn all year round but without Winter/Spring/Summer I wouldn’t be able to appreciate my favorite season!

While tootling through Flickr, I found some lovely images of Autumn in California.

Manzanar at Lone Pine

Photo by Robem

Beautiful, isn’t it? This is just north of my hometown, Ridgecrest. You’d never know that, during WWII, there was a Japanese internment camp at the end of this road.

Mount Shasta

Photo by Apple Crisp

Mt. Shasta surrounded by lovely autumn colors. Crisp and cool and wonderful!

Both images are a contrast of beauty and terror, if you know what you are looking at.


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