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Fall is one week away, but today the temperature records in Atlanta were shattered. Instead of the mid 80’s, we have had 97-99 temperatures for the past week. The last time it was this hot in Atlanta was in 1900. We finally got some rain, but everything is suffering. My low energy level is a product of this extreme heat. If I don’t get my errands done in the morning, they don’t happen. Regardless of what some people think, there is not a whole lot I can do to change the weather patterns. What caused the heat back in 1900 in Atlanta and what is causing the heat today are probably not the same weather process.
It is said that the invention of the air conditioner allowed the South to rise again after the decimation of the Civil War. The first air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, not to keep humans cool but to keep factory equipment from overheating. My first experience with an air conditioner was in 1958 when I visited my sister in Atlanta for the first time. The heavy-duty window unit helped to keep my upstairs bedroom cool in the hot Georgia summer.
I am ready for the cooler weather of fall. The stores are filled with darker colored clothes, sweaters, and boots. I am ready for a wardrobe update, but it will have to wait a while longer. My plans to make my winter staples of soups and stews have been put on hold too. Today I saw a display of forlorn looking gourds and pumpkins in front of the grocery store. They looked out of place and slightly shrunken from the intense heat.
Many trees are trying to turn to fall colors, but I’m afraid they will go from green to shriveled brown. What a disappointment that will be. I checked the weather in the town where I was born in upstate New York. The daytime temperatures average in the upper sixties and nighttime in the upper 40’s. They will have beautiful trees by the end of this month. I do miss that annual colorful display.
Wouldn’t it be nice to save some of this heat and release it next January? Then I will be complaining about something else. A Bible verse comes to mind: “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 No matter what each day brings, we all have so much to be thankful for. I was challenged recently to write down three things I am grateful for each day and to thank God for each one and to share that list with others.
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The first item on my list is to thank God for you, my blog readers. Some of you have followed me for the past seven years since I started writing. You are the reason I write. Your support keeps me sitting at my computer asking God to help me put words on paper. When you comment and share my blog post, it means so much. God bless.