I've Got Cabin Fever

" SMOKIN' !"

August 1, 2011
August 1, 2011
Afternoon...2:51 pm......keep in mind, the temps. reach a 'high' here in SE Kansas between 5 and 6 pm!
Afternoon...2:51 pm......keep in mind, the temps. reach a 'high' here in SE Kansas between 5 and 6 pm!
117 degrees....and climbing!
117 degrees....and climbing!
On this day, several weeks ago; 111...a few days later it was 114  then...116
On this day, several weeks ago; 111...a few days later it was 114 then...116

Some Like It Hot!!!!!

...I Don't!!


CABIN FEVER (emphasis on FEVER)


Usually , when we hear the term Cabin Fever, we imagine snow bound cottages forced shut for the winter; occupants held up inside with a warm fire, a good book and a mug of steaming, hot cocoa. In no time, however, we know that the relaxation and leisure will grow tedious and those who felt so enwrapped with warmth and hominess will be bouncing off the walls with loads of excess kinetic energy about to explode!

“I’m going to burst!”

“I have to get out of here! I feel like a mushroom, I’m going to start growing mold!”

The romantic allure of the cozy, warm home equipped with everything one might desire, quickly begins to feel like a prison, not a haven. Pretty soon, those enclosed begin to feel as if they’re in an asylum, with all doors and windows locked tight.

“I wish it would stop snowing!…I can’t take this much longer. When will it stop??!”

Musical interpretation of Weather

I have an all time favored local musical group which never made “big time,” but had the most incredible assemblage of talented musicians and song writers. Why they never made it to the ‘top,’ is anyone’s guess…we all thought it was a sure thing.

During the time of their most popular and widely known years, Merlin delighted audiences of all kinds; all ages and from every walk of life. Their music was ethereal, magical, whimsical, romantic, jazzy, and filled with wonder. The arrangements were all stellar; the vocalists melodic; rhapsodic, even, and the four men who comprised Merlin were a perfect fit. Every Friday, our group of friends would meet at The Rainbow Bridge for an evening of wine, dining and Merlin. What a treat is was!

Merlin performed all their own musical creations. So fabulous were these musicians!

When I think of cabin fever, I recall the song “Snowbound,” by Merlin. Flutist, Gary, started the tune with a lilting, solo which filled the room while gently rising to a crescendo which always brought the crowd to their feet. Slowly, subtlety, the others joined in, creating a flowing wall of instrumentation which seemed to weave and wrap around the room in a musical description of a snowy, blustery landscape....

What Cabin Fever Really Is!

Today, cabin fever means something else, altogether! The exclaimations now sound something like: "I wish it wasn't so hot! I can't stop sweating! When is it going to stop?!"

Today, the “new” definition of the term is quickly morphing into the description of home bound, incarcerated, imprisoned humans being driven indoors by excessive and relentless heat..hot hot hot heat!

We are now experiencing the 4th full week of high temperatures in the 100’s; mostly around 105-110 and, often, above that! Day in, day out; we have almost grown used to these extremes.

Fashionable Wear during this time of Year

People walk around dressed in next to nothing. Women with longer hair keep it tightly pinned up and off their faces. Bare arms, bare legs, bare midriffs and bare feet are everywhere. When it is this crazy hot, appearance tends to be placed way on the back burner!

Men don caps and scarves around their necks which, without this protection, tend to become quite red, hence the term “redneck.” But, most of the males in this area are hard working, rural types whose employment and life income sources require demanding day time hours and, so, rarely are these hard working men seen wearing anything but boots and jeans, long sleeved shirts, and hats. Always in pickup trucks pulling trailers loaded with equipment, or huge machinery destined for fields; the men in this community have no time for such a frivolous idea as comfort.

Feverish highs causing a feverish pitch...lending itself to a state of fever!!

The scorching orb above me is frying my mind! Brain cells are bumping into each other in a frenzied effort to escape my hot head! Tempers, along with temperatures, are rising like heat waves emanating from everything in sight. Crispy leaves hang in unnatural fashion from trees thirsting for a long, cool drink of cold, clear water. There is not a person in sight who isn't, literally, running from shaded area to enclosed, air cooled interiors. The main street looks like a ghost town.

All vehicles are air conditioned as are most homes. In fact, a large percentage of the houses around here have two complete forced air conditioning systems.

Open your eyes, girl!

When I first saw this, it didn’t sink in…why are there so many AC’s around here? As always, I walked into this new life, as with so many other adventures, with rose colored glasses on and eyes wide shut! Usually, well, just about always, this approach to life has worked very well for me as I am a romantic woman - in the broadest sense of the word - and am automatically enamored with that aspect of whatever new environment I’ve chosen to experience.

In this case, however….not a good idea! Being a woman who absolutely loves cool evenings and temperate days, whispering winds and gentle breezes, the blind rush into the middle of America wasn’t the wisest of choices, weatherwise.

Why? Because, here in the Heartland, the weather beats you up and makes you submit…humbled and defeated…to it’s powerful influence.

This year, that influential bout is about to knock me down for the count!

And, today’s ‘count’ is, again, going to be well above 110!

There’s an extra surprise at the end of the day!

I hale from a coastal area where the nearby inland towns are endowed with soft, welcoming breezes which drift in from ocean bays to cool down the evenings. Even when daytime temperatures reach into the 90’s, overnight lows dip to the mid 50’s or, Heaven forbid, the low 60’s. Without fail. Such a treat and relief; this natural air conditioning always creates a lovely ambience in which to enjoy life after warm days.

Not here! No no no. Because there are no nearby oceans or large lakes, and because we are ruled by the jet stream and the gulf stream…evenings in America’s mid section can be a bear. And, one wishes to spend every waking hour….bare!

Last night was no different. I awoke, as I always do, in the wee am hours to check the gauge next to my front door at the animal sanctuary. As always, it read 87 degrees! Oh boy! Relief! Oh joy! (Now, remember, everything is relative!) After having lived through another day of 110+ believe me, 87 at 3 am seems like a miracle!

Run around, open the windows, turn off the AC which has been cranking for hours and hours, day upon day…give it a rest!

And, this is exactly what I do. I began to realize, through close scrutiny (!) (that, and lack of deep sleep due to feeling as if I’d been placed in a convection oven overnight!), that the coolest hour occurs just before sunrise. Each morning, when I checked the temperature at 3 am and found it to be hovering at 86 on average, I noted that, upon arising a few hours later for morning ‘animal duties at the sanctuary,’ this reading had dropped another several degrees to it’s lowest point of the 24 hour period. Day after day, I checked to see if this was, indeed, true; keeping in mind that I’d never even thought to do such an “empirical clinical study” (LOL) previously as there was no need.

Well! I’d discovered something very very interesting! So, I checked with the Weather Channel and, sure enough, the hourly guide to expected temperatures indicated, repeatedly, the same phenomenon! Rather like the ’darkest hour is just before the dawn…” so, “the coolest hour is just before sunrise.” Aha! Eureka!

Help! Let me OUT!!

Cabin fever…I’ve got it big time. Stuck inside, running from AC auto to AC buildings and back again, head bowed as to not scorch the surface of my face with fire from the surface of the sun! I do NOT like this kind of killer heat so, here I sit, writhing and writing, trying to come up with something entertaining.

If I didn’t have this computer and Hub Pages, I swear, I’d go bonkers!

Hope you’re having a better weather day than I am!!

(please read “Clown Days to learn more about how we “country folk” handle such a thing!)

 

 

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Yvonne Jessey 5 years ago from Philadelphia

It's been way too hot in Philly, almost Carolina hot...and here comes heatwave #6....


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

HI Kathy, sorry your suffering all that heat out in the midwest, It has finally cooled down here in the east, today was a pleasant 74 and overcast so made for a nice time to go for a walk. Loved your story but hope it cools down soon.Hang in there

God Bless


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello Yvonne. You have my sympathy. I'm ready for winter!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Steve! VNV68.....

oh, I am envying you & Bobbi! And, I'm also very glad that you're having such nice weather!

Love the uniform!

Thank you for visiting!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Wow, I thought it was hot here! I can feel the radiating, simmering, scorching heat. Sounds like you need a Nestea plunge! Stay cool, we can't have a dessicated Kathy walking around.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

dessicated Kathy? Would you like red wine with that?

haha..Augustine..yes, sadly, we're frying here in the solar attack! One of the reasons I'm fleeing! Back to the promised land of reasonable temperatures, reasonable people and reason itself!

Thank you for always visiting my efforts...you have to know how much I appreciate that! Truly!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hi there Kathy,

Oh I can so relate to the heat..Central Texas in in horrrible drought conditions..the heat is crazy..making the day and evenings miserable..Even my little chickens are pecking on the door to come in..they hide under the banana trees to keep cool...Maybe if you can't beat it..buy one of those blow up pools and like A.A said get that Nestea plunge..Come on Fall!!!! Thank you for a great hub that all of us in Texas surly understand..

Take care,

Sunnie


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear Sunnie! Oh...I know about you guys in Texas...horrible drought and heat...a little bit of relief today, maybe and then you're right back in it. Hopefully, the hurricane (D? ) will sweep a little rain your way. This is really terrible! I need to catch up with you and your 'peeps,' too!

We're also experiencing dry conditions; nothing like Texas but, huge trees are suffering and all the corn crop looks to be lost; much of it didn't produce ears and those that did have small, dried out and infested kernals...not good!

Have been loving your series and mental vacation(s) and all of your wonderful words, Sunnie...I am always so happy to see you here on my efforts!!

Much love!

Kathy


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

OMG! Kathy I couldn't believe my eyes coming after from some business just now. The old folks home near here is holding a WET T-SHIRT CONTEST! Its all over. Now I've seen everything and just want to go jump in the ocean! Oh, before I do that this Monday let me state that you've said it all perfectly in your Hub here. Thats just like you to have a Eureka moment with that brilliant & questing mind of yours. Just keep saying to yourself...Northern Cali girls are cool not warm, Northern Cali girls are cool not warm, Steve Miller is a liar! Seriously though, I've got some buds that gotta work in this and most of my sympathys for them right now and everybody else that can't get into some AC.}{


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

Hi. Sorry it is so hot. At least you have the air con and it sounds as if you are coping, it is just not very nice. Hope you will get some bad weather soon and we can have some of your excess heat here.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh...Alastar....now, are you quite serious about the seniors' t shirt contest? "Well, I'll be!!! I never heard of no nary sech." Yikes! Honestly, I say...let them do as they like..how crazy fun is that??? and then, insult upon injury, you just have to rub it in telling all of us heat stricken victims, that you're going TO THE BEACH on Monday? Ok... Not fair, I say! Not fair, at all!

That was my southern plains/midwestern/lookin' at when I'm a senior drawl!

We shall survive...is that Steve Miller as in Steve Miller Band? What was the name of the instrumental song which featured a background of foghorns and an ever escalating musical "wave" of sound effects meant to mimic the ocean?

Thank you for the compliments (that's how I take them) and the visit. Always appreciated!

Caseworker...I hope all our weather evens out pretty soon so that every location receives what is needed and not too much of that which is not. Thank you for the visit and, yes, thank goodness for AC though, I still feel like a caged animal.

PS Alastar, and all...I do feel badly for those poor souls who have to work outside in this weather - there should be days given off in consideration of extreme weather.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Nah Kath I was in a mood and made a dumb joke. Going to the beach to see me new mom & half-sisters. But I will make time for a little dip in the Atlantic. Love yer senior drawl..very realistic. Steve M..yeah you now that tune he sings about going from Phoenix to Atlanta to LA to Northern Cal were the girls are warm. I loved your Hub Kathy but not what you and all are suffering through.}{


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

You had me a'goin' thar, Mr. Packer! For that I'm a'sendin' you packin'....off to the beach wit ya' then.

New mom as in mom who you've recently found? How wonderful! And siblings...this will be an emotional rollercoaster and, Alastar; you'll find that little boy you so often write about, rising to the surface and fighting to come out....he's got lots to ponder and experience.

I wish you the very best of times, enjoyment beyond your fondest imagination of such things, and love...with your newly found family.

PS...Yes I am familiar with that song..always liked SMB "...Philadelphia, Atlanta, La...Southern California where the girls are warm and I can see my sweet baaaaby...keep o rockin' me baby..." (or something like that)

Kathy


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Your beginning to talk like a real Southerner Ms. Kathy. Keep it up an I'll induct you officially. I found the maternal side a year and a half ago. And your really right its been a rollercoaster. Thanks for all your kind wishes. I'll take a laptop so won't be completely out of touch. Your leaving on the 2nd right? Oh, and its Northern Cali..LOL! }{


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Brat! yes, the moment I realized I couldn't go back and fix it....I was singing to myself and there it was! Oh, do forgive me, kind sir!!! yes, the 2nd is exit date for me. Now, you have a wonderful time...and I'll be sending good thoughts your way as I imagine you bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean in all it's glory!!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Uh...now it's all coming back to me...I can see it now..

that's '..and I can hear my sweet baby say..keep on...

Yikes!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Evening, Dear Lucky (might as well say Alastar as well!),

Funny, how the two of you are "back and forthing so sweetly"... hmmm! Weighing in on the "heat and yuck" in PA and hoping all my buddies are drinking plenty of water!

I know autumn is coming, mar!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

A typical Arizona summer.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Kathy, I can relate. It was 100 here today and i mowed until i couldn't breathe. I will take the summer anytime, i detest cold weather. I thourghly enjoyed your story. You have a beautiful natural flair for details in all of your stories. Thank you for sharing.

Stay cool!!!!!!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kathy,

I couldn't breath today here in Ohio and it was only in the 90's with high humidity. I couldn't imagine higher temps. I would truly not be able to handle it. I carry a wash cloth often to cool off my face. Ugh - 116 sounds more like someone's weight rather than an actual temperature. Makes me sick thinking about it :) Take care,

Sharyn


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

If I were a wine snob, I mean expert, I would venture a guess that dessicated Kathy goes well with a nice port. But I'm not wine elistist, so I'm perfectly happy with Boones farm Strawberry hill.

To Sunnies point, our summers are brutal. I can't say it's worse than other places, but there are factors that make it miserable. Where Sunnie lives it's the red cedar that adds to the misery because of the allergies it causes. People also cut alot of hay out there; then there's the pollen. Add to that are the peeps that will become monsters in Sunnies back yard. Chickens are related to dinosaurs, and they can be just as mean as they used to be. I'm not sure how relevant my comment is to your hub, just had to say it nonetheless.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hello Lucky Cats, A.A. is so right..you see we pass eachother on the highway and do not even know it..I did catch him once trying to throw something over the fence at my chickens as he passed because he does not like chickens..anyway..I can't be sure it was him but it did have a Boones farm label. My chickens were acting strange like trying to cross the road..said something like they were trying to get to the other side..I just think ideas may have come from somewhere..not to mention any names..BUT A.A is right the allergies are horrible in our area..


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I can't be the only chicken hater that lives in Central Texas that may or may not drink Boonesfarm. Once I got gas in Copperas Cove, and everyone at the Circle K had a bottle in their hand. Even the babies had nipples on the bottles of wine and were imbibing before being dropped off at pre-school. Yep, things have changed a whole lot since I lived there!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh! You all are making me laugh! Big time!

Mar...hahaha. To quote a very famous infamous source.."...and that's all I have to say about that...." or, here's a familiar one..."much ado about nothing." Bet we can ALL name that one!! LO

(can anyone name or identify who said this first quote?) Of course, I probably got it wrong so, it won't look familiar...

Mar, Always, Sunnie, AA and Will..aren't we a motly crew? All of us suffering so. Yes..allergies - humidity - heat - "peeps" - heat - allergies - yikes!!!

Right now, this heat wave has been very very dry, which is somewhat unusual in this location. Typically, the gulf kicks in lots of moisture and we experience lots of thunder/lightning storms which bring the big rains thus humidity. Not now, though. The corn fields (primarily grown for feed and fuel) which should be very tall and deep green w/ears 2/3 to 3/4 formed are about 4' tall, bone dry, white DEAD w/tiny corn cobs that are shriveled and infested...don't know for sure what the growers plan to do. The wheat came in ok around here and the soy crops are doing just fine except those on the periphery..they suffer the most heat exposure.

Always, I 'm so happy that you like and tolerate this weather...thank goodness. Most of those born here in my area are not as bothered by it as I am; they have become accustomed or, actually, it's just life as usual w/no questions. Always, you look like a sunny girl in your picture!!!

Sharyn..believe me, I'm pretty sure that heat in the 90's with humidity actually feels worse than the dry heat we're having here. I'm bothered by humidity even when the temps are in the mid 80's. Again, having never lived for any length of time in this kind of weather...it's killer annoying to me. Keep your chin up and your little squeegee rag annointed w/cool water and you'll be just fine all around, my dear!!

AAAAA!!! You are TOO funny! Now, I thought of it afterwards and, considering that which might be 'served up' as dessicated...hmmm...well, it's a lighter slice of life, isn't it so..I changed my wine selection to a Chardonnay. Wine snob...eeeeeeee..I had my fill of that at home and actually was in the industry for almost a decade..ever heard of Grgich Hills Cellars? Monticello? Being an everyday kind of person, I grew a little weary of all the hype, too...but, still...I believe I'd have a nice oak aged Chard w/that entree! (when watching birds...chickens and the smaller variety...I have thought of dinosaurs; knowing that the relationship is close)....revelence is relative, Augustine so, in my opinion...it's working just fine!

Sunny sunny Sunny! Hi! This is like a little coffee klatch (?)...I can just see all of us sitting around the table, throwing out comments and jokes and euphamisms and fun things. Love to see you here and, next time that unknown culprit who somewhat resembles an, heretofore, unnamed personality....well...be sure he isn't casting debris over your fence! He might hit a peep on the noggin!

Love you all! and thank you for the fun visit!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Whoa! Augustine..are you serious? Well, I'd have to say that 'splains quite a lot about some behaviors I've experienced over time in certain parts of this country....geesgh!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Hi Kath!!!! I can so relate - I have always hated the heat and I have been complaining about the not quite 100 degree weather here. But.....at least I am finally moving back to the Bay Area, not exactly Alaska but San Jose is much more to my liking. I have started to pack, lots more to go, I have had to give up a few of my kitties but still have eight (which everyone says is too many:-) I worry that they went to good homes and I am sure I will befriend more where ever I go. Talk soon, stay cool!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Yes!!!!! We're both returning around the same time...I'll hopefully be settled w/in 6 months; I hope those kitties you found homes for will be well taken care of, too...but, I hope you're taking the rest...if you can; I know how hard this is and, of coure, you'll end up saving more once you arrive. I'm flying out on the 2nd of August for about a month; continuing to get things ready for the 'family.' I'm so glad you're actually doing this...Yea! for us!

Always always excellent to see you here! Love the way you included/edited the Taurine information on the Kat's Tale....excellent and 2 thumbs UP!!


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI

Yep I am pretty sick of living indoors during the summer months because it is to dang HOT to go outside. Gotta live in the air. I lived in Florida and can't remember being this HOT. Entertaining hub! Enjoyed it very much. Stay cool. Winter shall be upon us before we know it!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

You were in the industry for 10 years? Then change my characterization of "wine snobs" to "wine connoisseur." I meant no disrespect.

Yes, it is a sad fact that there are babies drinking wine. Everyone knows that grape soda is a gateway drink to wine for kids. Since you were in the industry, you may know about how the small bottles of wine came to the market. It's marketed as a convenient way to take wine to a picnic or church. But I heard from a reliable source that they were created because kids couldn't fit boxes of Gallo wine in their back packs. With the smaller bottle, they could easily fit into lunch boxes and such. I'm not sure if it's true, but I did hear it from a reliable source.

Sunnie, I eagerly await the time when your peeps can create eggs. I bought special salt and pepper shakers for the occasion.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Crazybeanrider! I have never had the desire to live in florida. I know some absolutely love it and can imagine no greater place to be but...give me the Pacific Ocean and the cool coastal climate. Thank you so much for commenting...sometimes, I wonder if we just may be seeing a bit of that 'greenhouse' effect we've all grown so used to hearing. When you consider the way in which this actually works; (easy source, in my opinion..Wikipedia, Greenhouse effect), it is no wonder that we may be seeing it very clearly...Or..that this build up of hot air is keeping the jet stream very far north...either way, I don't like it.

So good to see you here, CBR!!

Augustine..never ever fear...no offence taken at all. it was a job/career path I chose to depart from..never was being in that industry a part of my identity as it is w/so many who are deeply involved from planting to producing and all the steps in between. I was in the public part - dealing with visitors, buyers, etc. in a middle mgmt. position. Just an income; never a love.

I do like wine, however...don't get me wrong on that point. Like everything else, it has a place at our table.

Your accounting of 'why' the smaller bottles is of interest and, honestly, I've never heard of that reason for producing the smaller bottles. They are not that common, volumn wise in sales, in the "finer" wine industry but, I do recall some of the less expensive labels being marketed in smaller bottles. You know, Augustine, when we think of it; just about all our preferences, tastes, ideas of what is attractive..and so much more, is formed, promoted, pushed, encouraged, guided by the marketing industry in order to supply that market with constant consumers. I know I'm not saying anything that you don't already know..it's just that, in some cases, even when so overt; it still amazes me the length to which industry movers and shakers will go to gain a growning consumer base. Think "candy cigarettes." I could write a lengthy list but, again, I know you are more than aware of such things.

Always, always happy to see your comments, Augustine!

Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Crazybeanrider! I have never had the desire to live in florida. I know some absolutely love it and can imagine no greater place to be but...give me the Pacific Ocean and the cool coastal climate. Thank you so much for commenting...sometimes, I wonder if we just may be seeing a bit of that 'greenhouse' effect we've all grown so used to hearing. When you consider the way in which this actually works; (easy source, in my opinion..Wikipedia, Greenhouse effect), it is no wonder that we may be seeing it very clearly...Or..that this build up of hot air is keeping the jet stream very far north...either way, I don't like it.

So good to see you here, CBR!!

Augustine..never ever fear...no offence taken at all. it was a job/career path I chose to depart from..never was being in that industry a part of my identity as it is w/so many who are deeply involved from planting to producing and all the steps in between. I was in the public part - dealing with visitors, buyers, etc. in a middle mgmt. position. Just an income; never a love.

I do like wine, however...don't get me wrong on that point. Like everything else, it has a place at our table.

Your accounting of 'why' the smaller bottles is of interest and, honestly, I've never heard of that reason for producing the smaller bottles. They are not that common, volumn wise in sales, in the "finer" wine industry but, I do recall some of the less expensive labels being marketed in smaller bottles. You know, Augustine, when we think of it; just about all our preferences, tastes, ideas of what is attractive..and so much more, is formed, promoted, pushed, encouraged, guided by the marketing industry in order to supply that market with constant consumers. I know I'm not saying anything that you don't already know..it's just that, in some cases, even when so overt; it still amazes me the length to which industry movers and shakers will go to gain a growning consumer base. Think "candy cigarettes." I could write a lengthy list but, again, I know you are more than aware of such things.

Always, always happy to see your comments, Augustine!

Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

I added current temperature readings to this hub to illustrate just what we're experiencing here. Thank goodness it isn't terribly humid!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

This is brilliant Kathy, and thanks for sharing it with us. here's to many more tor ead by you.

I vote up without a doybt.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Eiddwen! Thank GOODNESS I'm in N. Calif. right now until the end of the month (Aug.) at which time I'll return to SE Kansas to work on getting all my beloved furbabies and best friend out of there and HOME to Ca. He, Al, is a doll and he's taking care of everything at that end while I'm doing the same thing, here. So much to to for both of us but we're working feverishly (!) to "get 'er done." (common vernacular in America's heartland).


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

So...ya think you're hot stuff now? ;-) Here's another link Cats. http://hubpages.com/family/THE-OLD-ARKANSAS-HOMEST...


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Only in my wildest dreams!!! I'll check out your link; I've loved everyone thus far. Must go back and fix errors on my latest effort..in my rush to "publish," I've made a number of grammatical and sentnece structure errors, I fear!!!

Always appreciate your visits, John!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You'll be laughing right now but I ENVY your heat. It's winter here in the land of Oz now and it's freezing (heh, no snow here like ever and not below 50F, but for me personally, anything below 68F - means freezing LOL that's why I'm sitting in two jumpers, wrapped up in a scarf and wearing a hat, plus add mittens... yep, hard to type in those LOL)


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Max....I no longer live in this heat but still have an animal sanctuary there on a farm in the country. As a matter of fact, I'm preparing to to there pretty soon, when time and my brood here allow me to. The cold is very difficult to withstand, too...in the winter in America's Heartland, the temps can dip below O....Last winter, we experienced several days which registered -23...brrrrrrrrr...there is NO escaping that. So, the massive temp fluctuations are crazy!!!! Hope you find warmth soon!!!


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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI

Great hub, the heatwave has been one that I could live without. I use to love the summer months, but this year all I wish for is winter. The highest here in SouthEast michigan has been 105 degrees. Cabin fever in July is absurd! LOL! Tweeted!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

CRAZYBEANRIDER!!! it has been a LONG time...You are one of Al's and my first followers! So GOOD to see your name in comments. Well, I wrote this one around this time last year when I was still in SE Kansas. The weather in summer there is so far beyond my ability to cope....HOT and HUMID and totally uncomfortable..causes people to run from shade to shade ad building to AC buiding.. same with vehicles...I am back in N. Calif...Napa Valley now...along w/many of our rescued cats....they're having a fantastic life here and, hopefully soon; the rest of the family will follow. Al is holding down the fort in Kansas...I plan to visit soon. Al is from the Detroit area....a little town near Pontiac. He is well familiar w/Michigan weather and says that Kansas weather is even more difficult to bear...or bare, when possible. so good to see you....thank you so much for visiting. Your friend , kathy

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