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24 April 2019 @ 04:30 pm
Hello from the surface of the sun...  
Ugh... We've hit the hottest day of the year today, kind of abruptly. We revisited the mid-upper 50s for a while in March, thanks to the random return of winter. Then the low-upper 60s. Then last week, we had a three-day run of 63o, then 70o, then 83o. Since I biked on the 63o day, and then the 83o, that was a jump of 20 degrees! I had lightweight tights on for the first ride, and for the second, I had to dig out my sleeveless jersey. Which was good, because I was still too hot and my targeted 20-mile ride became 18. :(

Today? I'm kind of mentally fried from staying up late Sunday and Monday to finish my LJ Idol entry, so I woolgathered way too long before AND after sunblocking, and did not get out until 1:30. At which point it was 83o and getting hotter (we're expecting a high of 91o today). I also forgot to refill and freeze one of my water bottles, so that it thaws during the ride and is still cold 30-40 minutes later. Gah! /o\

My planned 17-mile ride (my typical ride) became 13.5, with several stops in the shade during the last few miles. I didn't even make it to an hour! Must prepare better tomorrow. :O

I mentioned LJ Idol. We are down to the final four contestants now (!), and the voting window is super-short for whatever dastardly reason Gary has in mind. If you can, please read the stories and vote for your favorites here! The 2-day vote closes tomorrow night at 9pm US EDT, which is a little more than 25 hours away. Thank you for your support! ♥

The other fostered kitty we had hoped to adopt is now back with the woman whose home is like Cat Heaven. It's SO sad. He was very sweet (and self-petting!), but he managed to hide behind the washer & dryer every single night, no matter how well we barracaded access to that area. He just could not get over that essential fear, even after two days of sitting out on the kitchen window ledge and being petted all day (and even sitting on HalfShellHusband's lap for a bit). More importantly, while he would come out of hiding to visit me for pets, he was persistently afraid of HSH. And since we're a "no cats on the counters" household, we need a kitty who is less fearful so it can be trained not to get up on things. At Cat Heaven, all the cats are allowed to roam wherever, so this would have been a LOT of work. :(

We'll be monitoring the website for the county animal shelter again and hoping for a promising-looking kitty. This last guy, who was shedding frantically (a combination of nerves and the weather, I think), had thick fur that might have been medium-length? I guess? It really kicked off HSH's allergies. Prior to Tigger, we thought there were only short-haired and long-haired cats, but apparently not. Medium-length seems to be longer than would be ideal, where allergies are concerned...

passing_through: ack Justinpassing_through on April 26th, 2019 02:35 am (UTC)
I am also a "no cats on the counter" person, as well as no cats on the table. (I feel like that should be a mandatory rule that doesn't really need to be said.)

When I was a Girl Scout volunteer we used to have service meetings at another mom's house and she kept her cat's food and water on her kitchen counter. Several times I watched it jump up and eat during the meetings. It was all I could do not to say something. I have a HUGE phobia when it comes to hair and food and having a cat on the counter where food is prepared makes my stomach turn.

It's been getting hot here as well. Today it was 87 degrees and we're supposed to hit 85 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. I'm never ready for summer and this year is no exception.

When I was able to walk for exercise I would go out around noon each day (during the summer no less!) and take a frozen bottle of water and it didn't last all four miles of my walk. It would melt so fast and sweat all over my hands.

Good luck on finding a kitty!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2019 06:42 am (UTC)
YES. Cats on the counters will become cats on the table, which is even worse. I probably share your phobia about hair/germs and food. Ugh!

And it's almost a given that they'll break things if they're up on high surfaces, just by rubbing up against them if nothing else. They have no idea they shouldn't do that. Why not train them not to, rather than getting mad when they do?

I would never be able to manage holding a frozen water bottle for long, but they're SO helpful as the second bottle while biking. On the super-hot days, it's your only self-defense against drinking hot water late in the ride. :O