6am - 6pm
|Sunny||Mainly sunny||Sunny||Cloudy periods||Cloudy periods||Variable cloudiness|
|Wind||SE 10 km/h||S 25 km/h||SE 15 km/h||E 10 km/h||E 5 km/h||S 10 km/h|
Things are finally looking up here in what was called "Winterpeg" just a short time ago.
I will be happier, though, when the overnight lows hover around the 20 degree mark, rather than those single digits for the next couple of nights.
I much prefer the hot, hazy days of summer to any other time of year. And even though I will on occasion bitch about the humidity (a dry heat is easier to deal with - I like it when my sweat evaporates rather than pools), I'll take the heat any day! Minimal clothing, golden skin (yes, I use a 30 SPF sunscreen all the time), sandal clad feet and cold drinks... that's what summer is all about!
Looks like I will have plenty of time to enjoy summer this year. I'd better stock up on sunscreen... the kind that doesn't sweat off. From spending five years in the southern USA in the 90s, my sweat glands have learned how to produce copious quantities of liquid electrolytes. I sweat like a proverbial race horse!
And I don't mind sweating. It feels good, although it must be followed by a good scrub in the shower or I end up smelling like a rank old buffalo butt. Seriously. I (unfortunately) take after my father in several ways... sweating and getting stinky is one of them. Hairy legs is another, but let's not go there... that's a bit personal. There are ways that I take after him that are not at all unfortunate, though. Like looking like him (minus the beard), being tall and strong, being athletic and mechanically inclined, to name a few.
So Winterpeg has now changed to its summer nomenclature of "Windypeg". Being as flat as a table top here (which is why all that flood water spreads out so far - there's nothing in the way to stop it!) means that when the wind blows, it gets up to gale force in no time. We don't have mountains here (there are a few blips in the western part of the province but not around Winnipeg) and the forests are to the east in the Canadian Shield region. We here in Manitoba like to think that Manitoba does not suck, Saskatchewan (to the west) blows. Meh... it's an inside joke. (I know some of you will be trying to figure out how to pronounce Saskatchewan... One of my cousins has a good one for that: So~Scratch~Me~One.)
The bugs are starting to appear. I think a mosquito tried to land on me this afternoon when I was sitting on my balcony, reading in the sunshine. I swatted it away before giving it a chance to bite. Lila has been trying to figure out how to get at the bugs through the windows. I will have to keep a close eye on the screens... The last thing I need is her pouncing on the screen, only to have it pop out of the frame with her and it falling to the ground from the 4th floor. Yikes!
Along with the weather improving, so is my fitness level. I am walking almost daily. I try to get at least two walks a week that are at least an hour long. The others are in the range of 40 - 45 minutes. And I walk briskly, so I make sure it's a decent cardio workout. I have my trusty little iPod plugged into my cranium as the pace setter. My goal is to get rid of the extra weight that's crept on since I had my gallbladder removed 2 1/2 years ago. I've made some headway in that respect already, so I'm on the right track. I figure by the end of summer, I will be just about perfect!
And what more could a girl want???!!!???