Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for element. Air ran like hot spring waters nowhere, with no sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene vapors. Tar was poured licorice in the streets, red bricks were brass and gold, roof tops were paved with bronze. The high-tension wires were lightning held forever, blazing, a threat above the unslept houses.
The cicadas sang louder yet louder.
The sun did not rise, it overflowed.
~ Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
It is early morning as I start this post, the sun just coming up over the treetops on the horizon. Sunrise today is a lot like Bradbury’s description. The sun isn’t just rising. It’s overflowing. There are streaks of orange, yellow, and pink spilling into and across the clouds. The window I am trying to look out of is beginning to steam up, a clash between the muggy air outside and the not-quite-coolness of the air conditioning inside. The air conditioning keeps things bearable, but it is struggling to cool the hot air.
We had storms yesterday evening. Rain poured and poured and poured from the sky. Lightning flashed and flashed and flashed, bringing the rumbles and booms of thunder with it. The clouds were the blackest storm clouds I’ve seen since my encounter with a tornado all those many years ago. At one point it looked as though one of the black clouds was descending to earth, but M said no, it was just brushing the tops of the trees. Nothing to worry about.
I got up early today to get ready for one of those medical appointments I mentioned in our coffee chat. I am having a CT scan done today. I have never had one, and the new when it comes to anything medically related, always makes me nervous. To help with that, I exercised vigorously (and gave thanks many times for the air conditioner). Because there is to be no food or drink for four hours before the scan, I had a good breakfast and drank copious amounts of water in hopes it will keep me hydrated. Four hours is not a long time, but in this heat, thirst comes quickly.
I’m going to meditate in a bit because it is another good way to keep calm and cool and collected.
By the time I finish, it will be time to shower, get dressed, and head out the door. I’ll schedule this post for later. If I have time, I’ll come back and add to it. In the meantime, it looks like enough.
Thank you for stopping by today. I’m not sure where I’ll be for sunset (which is at 8:27 PM). Probably in the pool unless a cool breeze blows in and makes it bearable enough to sit on the dock or stand on the beach at the Point. There is a cold front coming and tomorrow the high will be in the mid-80’s instead of the mid-90’s. I bet it will feel refreshing.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Getting one test out of the way (and surviving it in spite of all my worries…lol!); air conditioning (this is likely to appear frequently as something I am grateful to have); a big, fresh salad for lunch; a beautiful morning meditation; a beautiful sunrise.