Summer

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
June 7, 2010 10:09pm CST
We had the best summer in Texas -where we moved recently - in January. We got a deal for a one bedroom near the beach. Not ideal as we do have a three year old but nice to be across from the beach. And we went a lot at first. Sometimes we had to wear long sleeves and a jacket but many days this past winter we could wear short sleeves! Now its summer and we're inside most of the time. Summer in Texas is beautiful - and brutal. Hot and so humid I can't breathe - and it doesn't get better at night as it does in other places. Our air conditioner didn't work well for awhile - they had to replace the outside unit. Luckily, since we had to leave alot of toys behind I got some new toys for Robbie. Play tents and an indoor climber. And he can ride his car and bike (not motorized) in our long hall that goes from the front door to the living room. And we have learning games on Vsmile game player and learning videos. Still can't wait unitl fall and cooler temps so we can go to the beach! So close! And to think its 10 degrees cooler on the island then right over the bridge. Whats it like where you are? Do you spend a lot of your free time indoors or out during the summer?
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@AmbiePam (50243)
• United States
9 Jun 10
Well, you're in Texas and I'm in Oklahoma, so you pretty much have the weather we do - to a point. We have a lot more tornadoes than Texas, but Texas gets hurricanes. Oklahoma will never get a hurricane, that's for sure! The humidity is sweltering. And then the next day you can be bowled over by the wind. I never leave my windows open when I leave, because I could come back, and screen or not, my place could be covered in red dirt.
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
All that wind - and no hurricanes? So much for using to windows to cool things off at night as many green minded folks do. I would still be sweltering - heat doesn't change and you would likely be hot and dirty when you woke up!
@AmbiePam (50243)
• United States
9 Jun 10
no ocean nearby
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
oh right!They mostly occur over the atlanti but here too...
• United States
9 Jun 10
I am a native Texan living in Western Canada for the last 8 years. When it was snowing here last week I felt so homesick...I have not felt a hot day since I left. But, on the positive, I am close to the beautiful Canadian Rockies and I have not had allergies in 8 years.
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
It is beautiful in Texas - never thought of Texas as a place I'd like to visit - much less live - but I love love love it here - 'cept for the heat! Not having allergies is a good thing. One day, I'll move where there are milder summers. Even living in Alaska we had a good four or five weeks of really hot weather.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
8 Jun 10
Right now it's raining....but we have hot humid weather too....but I still try to be outside as much as possible.....just got back from two weeks in Arizona....and it's 40 degrees cooler here then it was there.....but I enjoyed the warmth of Arizona...
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
Arizona has a dry heat so its a bit different. Wouldn't mind moving there - or Colorado. I try to stay indoors as much as possible. When I was younger I had friends who liked the coolness of evening and we'd go to Edward's Ferry and White's Ferry in MD and VA at night. Or just drive with the windows down down pretty rural roads. We even snuck into Harper's Ferry a few times after dark. That was a nice place to live because going to Great Falls - even during the day was quite a bit cooler then elsewhere - and it cooled down quite a bit at night -unlike here. We have rainy weather right now too - its hurricane season actually - but I've only noticed the thunderstorms - although the one this wknd came with a lot of wind - the next day there were roof shingles all over the parking lot and the two sliding glass doors in the living room were shaking hard as was the house. I like rain but now with a child i find them a bit scary. And my headaches seem worse now during them. Do you go out and about on weekends hiking?
@kareng (7980)
• United States
8 Jun 10
Our summers in southern Louisiana and Mississippi are the same as you are having. Today we have an alert issued. The temps will be up to 115 with the heat index factored in. That's hot and stuffy!! It is hard to breath when the temperatures rise that high and you have high humidity also. yuck! If I lived across the street from a beach, I'd be down there ALL the time! Great way to cool off! I love the outdoors and stay out more than I should. We have lots of shade trees at our house in MS. That at least gives a bit of protection from direct sun. I love working in the yard and planting flowers, shrubs, etc. Or just playing with the dogs. However, the air conditioning is a good welcome when you go inside! Stay cool!
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
Hi Kareng! My husband's family is in the Meridian, Mississippi. They live in I the la Around there. They live outside of Meridian in Lauderdale county in this neat lake community. My mother in law loves going up to Philadelphia, MS (I thought previously there was only a Philidelphia, PA) to go to the casino there! Where are you? Do you split yourtime between Louisiana and Mississippi? I would be at the beach but I don't swim so don't want to deal with the heat. If I get up early enough I will start swimming in the pool here.
@oldchem1 (8144)
8 Jun 10
We don't get very hot summers here, but we have had some fairly nice weather so far this year. I spend as much time as I can outside, when the sun comes out - so do I!! We eat barbecues most nights during the summer - weather permitting - and have picnics and go to the beach a lot. I am lucky to live in a beautiful area where I can spend a lot of time outdoors
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Jun 10
You are very lucky. Its always good to look at silver linings - and I can say here - that I can enjoy summer activities - like going to the beach in short sleeves - and sometimes shorts - in the winter. And in the summer I can catch up on movies and find fun ways to play and learn with my little one!
@ellie333 (21029)
8 Jun 10
Hi Artemis, It never seems to get that hot here in the UK but in the summer I do tend to wait until the sun cools a bit before going out epecially to the beach as it gets too busy when it is hotand enjoy a stroll along early evening when it has cooled a bit. Huggles. Ellie :D
• Abernathy, Texas
8 Jun 10
You're lucky, I stepped outside before my husband left for his 10:00 night shift and it was still majorly hot and stifling. Hard to breathe. Its not that hot in every state in the US or every part of every state - and some have a dry heat. In Northern CA when I lived in San Francisco - we wore jackets much of the time in the summer. Mark Twain once wrote - the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Franscisco. It was nice hearing about others sweltering while I could go out and be a bit chilly. Of course it didn't lessen empathy for them. Huggles!