Posts Tagged ‘heat

13
Aug
17

A touch of rain…

over night after many weeks of no rain in Portland, Oregon. Imgaine that! Refreshing this morning. Smokey air from British Columbia wildfires scoured out. Temps down. Fresh air!! Have a nice day!

11
Aug
17

how I feel…

this poor Clematis bloom has woefully suffered amidst the heat of Summer and predation. I, for one, am ready for a cool down!

clematis-japanese maple-water drops-SwittersB

05
Aug
17

one bright spot…

the garden’s change is constant & accelerated in this Summer’s heat. Fleeting beauty isn’t lingering for long this year. I long all Winter for these moments and this year the pace is faster. Visible changes within a day or two rather than loitering around for a week. 

rose-garden-pruning needed-SwittersB

07
Nov
16

work to be done…

“Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood” Chinese Proverb

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31
Jul
15

Portland Hot…

“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.”    Patricia Briggs

100-Portland-SwittersB

01
Jul
15

blazing sun is down…

desert sunset-PS-SwittersB

Pool time offers some respite……….

15
Jan
15

Warped from the heat…

warped from the flames

licking away at the steel

turn away from fear

warped window-fire damage-shattered glass-Portland-SwittersB

21
Dec
12

Hot Sauce…For Real (Mad Dog 357) Too Much for Me!

Yesterday, at a work holiday luncheon I decided to put a dab of hot sauce on my chili. The bottle had a home made label affixed “this is really hot”. I put maybe a teaspoon of the dark sauce on my chili.

Boy Howdy!!! I doubt I took in more than a pea size quantity on the first bite and for the next hour I was in serious distress. So, if you are one of those freaks that enjoys truly hot sauces then this may well be enjoyable for you. For me, this is the third time in my life that I have entered into that very uncomfortable realm of “shit this is too hot..help!!!”. Mad Dog 357 not for the faint of heart!! I should have paid attention to that home made label. Somewhere in the room was someone with a wicked sense of humor watching my distress. I would say one bottle should last someone a decade!!

357

“This sauce will blow you away! 357,000 Scoville certified KILLER sauce! Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce – will shoot your mouth down in flames. One hit and this sauce will blow you away! Finally, a super hot sauce that tastes like real chile peppers. This sauce is blended with ingredients that makes a sauce fit to take your breath away. About five seconds after you taste the recommended dose of one drop, prepare your mouth and mind for five to 20 minutes of agony that all true chili-heads fully understand and appreciate. Because it’s so powerful, the average chili freak can get 200,000 mind-blowing, fiery doses in each bottle. This sauce has a legal disclaimer printed directly on the label.” (X)

10
Sep
12

Tended Desert Scape & Bleary Eyes

Tended Desert Scape, Bleary Eyes (SwittersB)

Living in the Pacific NW, I feel fortunate to live with defined seasons that are rarely too harsh. It creates a sense of yearning though and that creates wanderlust to satisfy the needs. When the gloom of too much Winter grey closes in around late February (or sooner) then the warmth and sun of the desert beckons.  But, there is also a pull to that Winter river and swinging the rod for Steelhead. Soon enough, I will be wishing the dog days of Summer were near.

Summer Sky by SwittersB

09
May
08

Heat (afternoon wind, reflected heat and hot shade)

Can you feel the reflection of radiant heat bouncing off the dry grass and hard packed soil? The wind is so hot you sweat. Shelter along side this old homestead would only be a slight respite. When it is so hot in the shade that you don’t want to move…it is hot even in the shade. Right now, that sounds good….but only if it doesn’t rise much above 100 degrees. I have become a bit of a fair weather fly fisher: don’t relish ice in the guides and my snot freezing nor do I much like the crushing heat that makes each drawn breath akin to camping buy the open oven door. Just enough exposure to such extremes allows for dramatic stories, but that is all I need these days.     

 




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