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Updated on September 6, 2011

Musings, thoughts, ponderings, and ideas


Sitting down to my first cup of coffee, back in Kansas, musing over all the tasks in need of completion and lives in my hands, I wander the large kitchen of the downtown home; all the windows are now wide open, Lyle’s 19 year old Cocker Spaniel, Spencer, is barking just down the block. I wonder if he’s escaped his backyard again. When he does, he has the time of his life, roaming the open backyards of our block. Molly, Charlie and Misty, my three downtown cats, are wandering in and out of the open side door which leads to a broad and covered side porch; high above the wide street, shaded and hidden by a large pin oak tree and another broad leafed tree whose name escapes me at the moment.

The heat has magically disappeared! Two days ago…HELL! Yes, hot hot and miserable. Having flown back a little over a week ago from the comfortable and inviting Mediterranean climate of California’s west coast, to the humid Heartland; landing in Tulsa and the subsequent drive to Elk City felt like out of the simmering waters into the broiler! Outlandishly bizaar weather; with over 3 months, straight, of hellish heat; I resolved myself to endure and carry on; knowing that soon…hopefully very soon, I’ll be leaving this climate for good.

But, surprise upon surprise! I acclimated immediately! The torturous hot and steamy environment was not nearly as horrible as I anticipated after having spent a month in cool, perfect North California climes…so…on with the chores, necessities and musts of closing up my life and experiment here in SE Kansas.

Another surprise…one which pleases me incredibly! Only a week after my return, everything changed.

In the span of 48 hours, our “highs” have plummeted from a scorching average of 100+ with lows in the mid 80’s, to bone chilling overnight hours with temperatures reaching into the high 40’s and daytime peaks in the upper 70’s! Amazing! In less that two days time, we are already worrying about the extreme cold which appears as if out of nowhere…just like this current leap backwards from high to low averages; so does winter appear. One day, tolerable in long sleeves and jeans, the next day; it’s dress up like the Michelin Man…so many layers of clothing that one is hardly recognizable.

So it goes in the Heartland of this great country. Extremes! Pendulum swings to beat any capitol building displays of huge examples of this age old balancing act in the rotundas of massive arched entries into our government’s housing of state and Federal offices.

So, today, it is comfort and ease to the max! I can accomplish so much when the sun isn’t threatening to fry my brain. The sky is gorgeous; bit billowy cumulous clouds drift overhead, wind whispers through windows, the sweet smell of freshly mowed lawns seeps into every inch of open homes…no longer is the loud buzz of dozens of Air Conditioning units filling our ears with their constant hum; today, it’s a beautiful day.

When it’s like this, I allow myself to fantasize about staying….but, NO! I have been here long enough to know this momentary bliss is just that…fleeting and fickle. Soon, we’ll be freezing our asses off and running for cover….again!

Eye on the prize, I must keep the thought alive: “There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home….”

“What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been!”


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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi thelyricwriter. I understand your feelings about the heat...dry or humid; heat is heat and I don't like it. I've spent time in Arizona and I have no earthly idea why anyone would choose to live in such searing temperatures. Not good! Love West Virginia; the beauty and color...good for you. I'll be in Napa, Calif in a few weeks for a final move of things...still must fly back and forth from there to SE Kansas until everything is finalized...but, I can now see light at the end of a very long tunnel. Thank you so much for the visit and comment; I sincerely appreciate it.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Stories like this sure do make you appreciate home. I hated living in Arizona. I loved the winter out there, but the heat was too much for this country boy. They say it is a dry heat, but 115 still felt like 115 to me. Glad to say I am back in West Virginia getting ready to enjoy the fall season. It sure has been a wild summer for you guys in the midwest. I feel for you honey. Hopefully the winter is not that bad as well. Stay safe.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Sharyn...yes, have to keep our sense of humor in the face of all this crazy weather. Now, backl in SE Kansas...we are chilly at night..last night, it hit around 45 degrees and I put my electric blanket on for the first time this year. Since mid's been sleeping on top of the bed..on a cool sheet; it's been so hot...then w/in a week...long sleeves, quilted jackets, long pants and electric blankys....geesgh!!! Thanks for the comment...always love reading your comments, Sharyn!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy,

      Love your new profile pic. This weather has been quite strange even here in the north. I had to wear a jacket for the first time today but I still had shorts on, ha.

      Hard to give those up for me. I loved "when the sun isn't threatening to fry my brain." It is definitely hard to function in such heat. Glad to hear your humor in all of it . . .


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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Eman! As always, thank you so much for your very kind comment; if it weren't for you; I probably would have faded away in anomymity...LOL..really, though, I apreciate your support and always encouraging words. Our mutual friend is so overwhelmed right now that I don't think she's on HP much these days.

      I am glad to hear that it's "OK" to be rhyming back to you as much as I give me inspiration and topic/subject matter..I certainly could never come up with so many and varied ideas and imaginative concepts...but I can, on occasion, reflect verse...letting you know that I "hear" and "get" it. Always exciting to try to "answer" you in this way.

      Much regards and respect, Colin and, thank you! Kathy

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....that's exactly the way I feel about your writing - HEAVEN, I'M IN HEAVEN - always had a love affair with the way you write over the past year and another favorite writer of mine whom I admire is our mutual friend Amy but she dosen't seem to review or comment on my work anymore - and yes you are two of my favorite writers here at the Hub!

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      love your poetic comments to me Kathy - I really think they are legendary like Professor Mike's and you both make me look really good!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Sally! Thank you for the fun comment! Well, things are moving right along...hope to be back in CA sooner rather than much so much so much to do, consider, think about, much! thank you for your visit and comment!!

      Attemptedhumour..I am so glad I found you here on ARE fabulously entertaining! If you EVER have time; there are several other hubs about this move. "Whether to Weather the Weather or not" is one..can't remember the other(s)...there is history here..too much! thank you for your visit and comment. Kathy

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Moving on sounds like a good idea, you describe your feelings and surroundings very well. I moved from wet and windy England to Melbourne, which has just been voted the world's most livable city. It really is a great city to live in, with a great climate. Those pets of yours will be thinking, 'here we go again, just when we were getting comfortable'. Good luck though.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      May Glenda the Good Witch keep your weather nice and cool so you can complete your chores and jump in the hot air balloon to head back to CA.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California know, I was thinking, "I should have said: "click my heels and say...there's no place like home." And then...I forgot (sound familiar!?!) LO..thank you so much for your always "talk" to those to whom you comment...I love that!

      I have NOT seen 1 tornado in the entire time I've been here...some have come close but; where I am is just outside the area known as "tornado alley," We have experienced some terrifically strong straight line winds and gusts...enought to topple big trees, down buildings and whip stuff up but, not actual 'twisters.' I guess i should count my blessings! The heat...yes...HATE IT! Thank you so much for the comment and the 'understanding!'

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Kathy! I understand and feel your concern for those little furry babies you had to leave behind. This would absolutely make me crazy..and I can tell it is doing so to you. I hope all is just as you would hope when you are able to visit and check up. I haven't taken any of my animals to Ca. yet...still working out the details of how to house all of them. I have the room but some repairs have to be done on the cabin ... new roof, entire interior redone....damaged by the weather and negligent renters over the almost 5 years I've been gone...still, they will soon move w/me as I want to be out of here before the freezing, icy weather begins.

      I know what you mean about all the poor unfortunate animals who do not have the great numbers of advocates as in the S.f. Bay Area..this is what caused me to delay my departure for almost a year...or delay the decision. I felt and feel so guilty; knowing there will always be those who need my help and I will no longer be here..breaks my heart for all those left behind (in a sense) and all those who will never know the love they deserve. As it is, we've just started a 'foster' of a very pregnant cat who also has 2 kittens from her last litter...very sad, here we go again!

      Always GREAT to see your comments and know that you are in this world. We WILL get together when I'm settled...this is a MUST!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The heat wave hit Il. too. We had two days temp. above 100. I've never been to Kansas and i really don't want to. The tornadoes are bad enough here, but i hear Kansas is the tornado capital of the world. I loved the movie,

      'Wizard of oz ' Click your red shoes together and get the H out of Kansas!! Thank's for including us in your adventure.....

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Kathy - Hope you are well, finishing up your moving for return to California despite the fluctuating heat in Kansas - which I also tend to hate with a passion! I can't remember if you have moved all your critters yet or not(?) I constantly stress and check in on the kitties (my foster children) that I placed in alternate homes! I miss them so much and hope they are ok. Hope your babies are happy and healthy! There are so many rescue efforts in the Bay Area which is great but it also makes me sad for all the animals unlucky enough to be born in areas that don't have the funding needed!!! I guess LuckyCats can't be everywhere!^^

      I do hope heaven lasts for as long as possible my friend!!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi John! Yes, you're right...I don't think "settling down" is in the cards for me...I'll always come up w/some crazy nutzo wild eyed thing that causes me to run around like the proverbial chicken...It's always been that way. But, it's exciting! Can't deny this!

      Amy..Hi my dear. yes..thankyou for saying it...this weather is miserable and I am not at all comfortable having to devise ways to avoid being outside due to heat and cold...I LIVE outside whenever I can...and wireless ISP provides this freedom, too...I've never been an indoor person;

      I remember your having mentioned moving to Belize before..what an amazing goal! Sounds absolutely freeing..which is what you need right about now. Email me and tell me how MacGregor is doing, and your mother, daughter... as well as all the other things going on in your life..hope it is looking up..for goodness sake!!! let me know. thank you for this nice comment, too!

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The midwest, never boring, is a nice way that means "it sucks". Missouri had the honor of breaking a record a couple of days ago at 104 degrees. Last night is got into the low 50's. I've spent a lifetime getting through miserable, fluctuating clim's that defy the best tools of meteorology. I've decided to forego the psychology of suffering through misery makes you stronger and am now looking at moving to Belize. My research shows me a beautiful island, gorgeous beaches, great medical care at a cheap cost. The updates I get online daily state living well on $600/month. I guess I've just have to make a trip!

      Yesterday, when I took MacGregor out, I wore a light jacket. I agree, Kathy, its a magnificent change and makes for a great mood lift. Great piece, Lucky Cats. It made me very happy!

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      John Young 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      You can't just settle down in one place can you? I was like that for a long time. Now, I don't leave the house unless I have to.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Augustine...I've been walking around all summer barefoot so...I'm afraid the ruby colored glass slippers are a bit tight and pinch too, I've discarded them for sandals..soon...and house slippers...and a few other selections! Yes, and stretching out relaxing, lazing and fantasizing about the world and all our lives..thanks for the visit, AA...again, you make me laugh!

      Writer...hi my dear. As of yet, no; I haven't taken any of my kitties...when I do that, I won't be able to return to Kansas so I must be sure the move is just about complete...I'm looking for a small RV to move them comfortably and safely. Thank you for the visit.

      Alastar...I do understand the craziness of frying pan hot and ice chest cold...and, when in the confines of one; the other seems so appealing and then...OH NO!!'s just the opposite when the seasons are reversed...I have grown weary of fighting the weather...can't see any reason to stay in a place that requires AC or Heat 99% of the time....I'll take the natural temps. any day of the year...cabin fever, sweat city, ice castles....nope! Not for me. I respect and admire others who can carry on in such environments w/out going absolutely stark staring mad! Thank you Alastar for the visit and comment.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kathleen Cochran...we share lots in common....having lived in Kansas..yes, I completely understand your and winds that can, literally, blow you off your feet..and the strong, sturdy, determined people who call this area home....have more moxie than I do' that's for sure! Love so much about it but, back to CA for this tenderfooted woman! Thank you for the visit and comment...very appreciated.

      Hi always leave such kind comments; I am so very humbled. Thank you , my friend.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Peggy...I am very worried about you in rain, sizzling heat, and now, there are wildfires burning in the state...and, moisture. Thank goodness, at least; you are also enjoying lower overall temps. This has been a horrendous summer for so much of the glad it's about to end. My deepest well wishes to you, Peggy...thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Kathy

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      When California tumbles into the sea is when you'll go back to Kansas eh Kathy. Remind you of a Steely Dan song? You've got references to a Fred Astaire song, The Wizard of Oz and The Dead. It is hard to adjust to that kind of weather if one hasn't grown up in it. Shoot Kathy, during the summer 90 degrees is a fairly cool day for us. One way some look at the heat is by imaging if they'd rather have January's cold and icy mess. It must be sweet with the kind of mild temps and ocean breezes you have in N. California though.}{

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      writer20 6 years ago

      I have enjoyed your hub. Do you take your kitties with you to California? Today it's 103F there.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Where are your pics of you in ruby slippers? There is no place like home, stretching out like a lazy cat on your own porch. I can feel the ambience. Lovely...

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago

      Such is the wonderful life you have Kathy, traveling back and forth. It's fall already here in NY down to 56 tonight. Enjoy life my dear.

      God Bless

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lived in Kansas for two years and developed a deep appreciation for "sturdy Prairie stock" !! Freezing winters and blistering summers. Then there are the spring winds that will blow you away - no kidding. But great folks!!!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your sizzling temperatures (100+) in Kansas were like ours down here in Houston and we are also experiencing a wonderful change...highs only in the 90's with cooler nights actually in the 60's. Yeah! Hip hip hooray!!! It has been a long time coming. Now...if ONLY we could get some rain!!! We have so many wildfires blazing down here that it is absolutely scary. The summer and fall of 2011 will be one for the record books.


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