Thursday, July 5, 2007

Firecracker Hot!

Can I just whine for a minute? If you live out here in the western US, you know it's just a tad warmish, right? And if you don't, you may have seen news about the heat. Yep, it's warm. 107 degrees farenheit today in Sacramento. We like to say "but it's a dry heat," like that makes a whole lot of difference, but then maybe if the whole mind-over-matter theory is correct, perhaps it does. Maybe I just need to THINK cool to BE cool. Nope, not working.

Our low tonight is supposed to be 67 degrees. That's barely worth the trouble of turning off the air conditioner and opening the windows. Besides, it won't drop to 67 until about 4 a.m., so I guess we'll sleep with the air conditioning on tonight. On a much more positive note, it's supposed to drop down all the way to 102 degrees tomorrow--something to look forward to!

There's something wrong with our air conditioning at work too, but they don't seem real anxious to do anything about it. It's working, sort of, but not very well. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably around 80 or so degrees in there, and for the last week or two, I've felt like I'm living in a constant state of dampness. I'm sure one of these days, I'll find I'm growing moss or mold somewhere on my body. I'm kind of afraid to look too closely though. Of course, denial is much simpler when you reach the age of 40-something and the eyesight begins to go.

I also just wanted to mention that we had a nice, quiet 4th of July here yesterday. My sister-in-law Kathy came over for part of the day and had dinner with us. I thought I was going to spend the day quilting on my monster quilt, but as it turned out, I was only able to get a few hours in. It seemed like I spent a whole lot of time in the kitchen cooking this and that instead.

There was one really cool thing I made that I wanted to share with you--too bad the photo didn't come out quite as well as I was hoping but I think you can see it somewhat:

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you anywhere? If so and if you like salsa, pick up one of these salsa kits. It's packed with a couple cloves of garlic, a shallot, a jalapeno pepper, a lime, and three Roma tomatoes. You can whip of a batch of fresh salsa in no time without buying a bunch of extra "stuff" that will sit in the refrigerator and rot. (Or is it just me that does that?) Here's what it looked like when I got done, and as it sat a bit, it got much juicier.

This is obviously a better photo. My husband was kind of bugging me when I took the first one--he's really never read my blog and doesn't understand why I need to take photos of things. Just wait until I post a photo of him snoring or something! He'll never know and we can just giggle and poke fun among ourselves!

Tonight I'm fixing the two of us salads made with some leftover steak and a spicy orange broccoli salad from yesterday. I'll toss in some cold corkscrew pasta and some kind of lettuce. I also have a few slices of crusty French bread and brie. Oh, and I already put out the leftover salsa, so I suspect that's gone by now.

I guess I'd better go fix that salad before my husband gets his knickers in a twist. Like I said, he just doesn't really understand this blog thing, especially when his stomach's growling.


Sharon said...

Your salsa looks good. My hubby would love that. I would have to purey it. Is that how you spell that? You know, put it in a blender and blend it all together. I dont like chunks. LOL!!!
My husband doesn't understand the blogging either but he just laughs as I'm constantly taking pictures of EVERYTHING!! He just says "uh oh a blogging moment".
Keep cool and take something for that moss and mold growing on yourself.

Su Bee said...

Yea yea - it's a dry heat. Horse-Hockey!! It's hotter than sin on Sunday, and I hate it! LOL -- we were 106 yesterday, and right now it's 9:43 and still 89 degrees. You're so right, it's hardly worth shutting off the AC at night. Why does everyone think we have such great weather???
Welcome to California, now FRY!

atet said...

That salsa looks yummy -- but I think I lose eco points for going to my nearest Trader Joe's (over 45 minutes away in the car. Doing 60 most of the way). Then again -- it is near one of my favorite LQSs and I haven't been there in

BTW -- I about spit out my Diet Coke when I read your post from the 4th -- warn a girl next time!

Leigh said...

Yum! Put the drinks in the fridge I'm on my way!!

Carol said...

I'm on my way from Florida for Salsa...that looks delicious...we were talking to a neighbor this morning when we were walking the dogs and she said she and her husband were going to Las Vegas next week...she said it was like 118 there yesterday and then said but it's comment was yeah my oven is dry heat too but I'm not crawling in there :)Try to stay cool and please watch that mold growth.

QuiltingFitzy said...

OK, it's 4am.

It's 88 right now. NOT worth opening the windows for air.

But our monsoons will start this weekend likely we had a spit of rain last evening. It's all anyone can talk about here, lol.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Try and stay cool. It is winter here so I feel sorry for you. In another 6 months I will be complaining about the heat and the humidity, so go for your life!

paula, the quilter said...

I can relate with the AC problems at work. Just went through all that. We are just on the eastern edge of the heat: Grand Junction has been getting up into the 100s but the front range (where I live) is only in the 90s. Yay!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Dry heat? Yeah, I know dry heat. I was contemplating wrapping myself in a towel, sitting out on the front porch and pretending I'm in a sauna. Maybe if I threw some water on the concrete I could get the effect of steam. It's worth a try, don't you think?

Patti said...

Oh, I want to come eat at your house! I just can't be bothered to do anything in the way of creative cooking when I'm working - and by creative I mean finding a new recipe and following it to the letter. That's my definition of creative - I'd be scared to death to just "throw some things together" like some of you do with such marvelous talent.