Welcome to “It’s Never Too Late: Uncovering the Magic of Writing After Sixty,” I’m Dr. Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Christian nonfiction author and poet. This is my writer’s log for Saturday, July 15, 2023. Today, I’m writing about my surviving the North Texas summers. It’s a combination of battling the heat, thunderstorms, and electricity woes. They all add to the challenges of my writing life as a sixty-nine-year-old writer. A great title for this post is Surviving North Texas Summers: Battling the Heat, Thunderstorms, and Electricity Woes.
Hey there from scorching North Texas! The summer blast furnace is cranked up to its maximum setting, and boy, it’s a strange weather cocktail we’re dealing with. We’re currently under a heat advisory with heat index values soaring up to 112 and temperatures hitting a blistering 105 degrees.
It’s like being in an oven! These high temperatures coupled with the dreaded humidity make heat-related illnesses a real concern, especially for those toiling outdoors or engaging in outdoor activities. But hey, don’t worry, the national weather services have some tips for us to survive this sizzling ordeal.
According to the weather folks, it’s all about staying cool and hydrated. They’re urging us to guzzle down plenty of fluids, seek refuge in air-conditioned havens, avoid the scorching sun, and make sure we check up on our loved ones and neighbors. Oh, and by the way, they emphasize that under no circumstances should we ever leave young children or pets alone in vehicles. Seriously, it’s a recipe for disaster.
On top of that, they’re suggesting we take extra precautions if we have to brave the outdoors, like rescheduling any strenuous activities to the cooler early mornings or evenings. And hey, let’s not forget to don lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to give our bodies a fighting chance against the inferno.
Thunderstorms in the Mix?
As if the heat wasn’t enough, North Texas also likes to surprise us with some thunderstorms. Yep, we’ve got gusty winds, lightning galore, and heavy downpours to contend with. Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind!
While the rain might give us a brief respite from the scorching temperatures, it usually means the humidity skyrockets, turning our surroundings into a tropical sauna. Oh, the joy!
Electrical Hiccups and Escaping the Heat
Hold onto your hats, folks, ’cause here comes another challenge! Our dear friends at ERCOT, the ones responsible for managing the Texas Electric grid, have warned us about the possibility of rolling blackouts due to the surging electricity demand. Can you believe it? They predict that from Sunday through next week, we might be left sweating in the dark. Just what we needed, right?
But hey, if the heat gets too unbearable, I’ve got a plan. I’m heading for the mountains, finding some high elevation to beat the heat. Like those old rockers Twisted Sister said, “We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore!” I’ll find somewhere cooler, even if it means taking a mini-vacation to escape the boiling cauldron of North Texas.
Coping Strategies and Parting Words
Okay, let’s get serious for a moment. In the face of these challenges, we gotta stay smart and take care of ourselves. Stay hydrated, my friends—drink water like it’s going out of style! Seek refuge indoors where the AC is pumping cool air, and keep an eye on the weather updates.
And let’s hope and pray that the electricity grid holds up, so we don’t have to resort to caveman survival tactics. But hey, if all else fails, let’s remember that we Texans are a resilient bunch. We’ll find a way to beat the heat, whether it’s by chilling in the mountains or creating our own personal oasis.
Raise Our Water Bottles High
So, fellow Texans (and all facing the heat), let’s raise our water bottles high and toast to surviving another scorching North Texas summer. It may be a wild ride of extreme heat, thunderstorms, and electricity scares, but together, we’ll ride it out and emerge stronger on the other side.
And who knows, maybe there will be a future score idea from the struggles of living in the heat. But first, I’ll keep on with my rewrites from the edit recommendations. It’s still hard to type as I’m continuing to deal with trigger finger.
Stay cool, my friends, and don’t let the summer heat get the best of you!