When the dog can only last outside for about a minute, sweltering in his fur coat.
When I have to water the flowers three times a day.
When my next-door neighbor offers to hose me down after he waters his flowers.
When the book that arrives from Amazon feels toasty, as if it's fresh out of the oven.
When my car thermometer registers 104.
When I offer the mail carrier cold water and she accepts it.
When I'd rather keep the windows closed (and crank up the AC).
When it's too hot to take a walk at 8 p.m.
When I can smell the asphalt on my driveway.
When I feel like writing about the weather.
Lest I complain too much, I remind myself that this is what much of the east coast looked like only a few short months ago.
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