What faucet produces HOT water?

I hate summer. Now, before anyone jumps on me hear me out. I now live in Texas. Nuff said? If not, then here is what I mean. Texas is hot, and dry and miserable.  For the last 8 or 9 days it has been over 100 here. We have a limited budget so running the air conditioning 24/7 is out of the question. I hate heat. My body has never handled heat, even the heat of the north east USA, and especially not Texas.

In Texas there are no natural lakes, maybe one I think. The “rivers” are what we called streams up north or small rivers. I have seen the Colorado river in Texas and it is bigger, but otherwise they are dribbles of water, Unless it rains, then they flood. My point is, there is no place to go put your feet in, go to a pull off park on the road and wade or swim etc. In fact, this is my 5th summer in Texas and I have yet to put my feet in any water in Texas. If you know me you know I love to walk in the water and love the water.  Here, I think if I came upon a spot to put my feet in I would be afraid they would get burned!

Medicine I am on also make heat hard to take, and sun and I never got along well before, so one med even gets me worse there. Besides the headache, sweating (which I hate!) and dizziness, I get grumpy. Yes, grumpy. It is hard to control at times as I am feeling so miserable and so hot that it just makes me physically react like that. Hard on my husband too.

I am learning to control it, but without the Lord to help I am not sure what I would do. I fail at the control so easily now.

What things get you that way? How do you handle them?

Oh, and the answer to the question above:  In Texas if you want a quick drink of cooler water go for the hot water faucet. The first bit of the faucet will be cooler than anything out of the cold water faucet!. Showers in the summer use no hot water from the hot water faucet.  FUN!

A Sonic Lesson

We went to Sonic for breakfast on our way to do our cleaning job. I have always liked the Sonic breakfast burrito and was looking forward to it as we had not had it for a long time.

We ordered our usual, one sausage burrito for my husband and a bacon burrito for me. We waited, and waited a bit more. Our Sonic built a new building and fancy looking drive up areas as well as a drive thru now. Ever since the improvements they are slow slow slow. We have not been able to figure it out, but it is now slow fast food.

A hint may have come with our breakfast burritos. They finally came to the window and said that they were sorry it was taking longer (as if the normal long wait was not something to apologize for) but, here is the kicker, ” we had to use REAL EGGS for the bacon burrito since we ran out of our mix. Apology for real eggs?  What is this world coming to?

I wonder how many times we are a fake, pretending to be the real thing? How about our walk with the Lord? Our being a “good Christian Wife”. Sonic made me think. I am asking myself and asking the Lord to show me, the places I am apologizing for the real thing.  When I take a Biblical stand, do I apologize to others for being real? Or do I keep my mouth shut and act like the fake is reality? Many times when we take a “real” stand we are criticized and made to feel like we should apologize for being real. Being Biblical. Being open about what God says.  I do not want to apologize for being the real thing when it comes to my Christianity.

How about you?

Be Careful What They Hear

Today something happened that reminded me again of how much our little ones pick up things they see and hear. We often think they are too young or are not paying attention, but believe me they are. Way more than you want to think they are.

Today Scout came and her daddy had picked me up a swimming pool. I had asked him to do it since he has a pick-up truck and I was not able to get it into our van without bending it a bit. It is one of those hard plastic kiddy pools.

Scout and I filled it up with water and then I told her we needed to wait for a bit so the sun could warm the water. She insisted it was already warm. I forgot. I am from the north east USA and we live in Texas. Water comes warm to hot from the tap in summer.

I still convinced her to wait a bit till the sun came out, which for her was a long time to wait. At 8:30 AM she was ready to go in and stop waiting! I put her into her bathing suit and took her outside to wait a bit more.

On the porch roof I have a bird feeder and when the wind blows or the doves try to get on it seed goes all over the porch and is very tempting to little hands. The little hands decided it would be fun to throw seed into the pool! I yelled, she disobeyed and in went some seed.

I thought the best thing to do was to give her something to skim the seed out and make her clean her mess. She is 2.5 years old, and is able to understand what I was telling her.

The only thing I could think of that was here was one of those spatter things with a handle for putting over food when it is being cooked in oil. My husband had several of them when we married and they looked unused then and 4.5 years later they are still unused. I took one out and she got big eyes! I told her what to do with it but she was not listening, she already knew what it was—a magnifying glass, HER magnifying glass! She could not believe I was giving her such a precious thing. I had no idea how she knew what a magnifying glass was!

Then it all came out. She stood up, raised her arms like a cheer leader yelling RAH, and says “Scout, animal rescuer, (plops down in water at this time,and continues) at bottom of ocean” as she put the “magnifier” down in the water and discovered the starfish, fish and octopus on the bottom.

Take a look:

She was discovering all morning with that thing, and all over the porch.

Now, I think we all know where she got that from and how much she learns. She will answer all the questions they ask on the show, even if she is playing and I think she has not listened one bit.

What do your kids hear? What comes out of your mouth? What do you watch that you think they do not pay any attention to?

They are, and they are learning!

As the kids song goes:

Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
There’s a Father up above, looking down in tender love,
So be careful little eyes, what you see.

Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little mouth what you say…
Be careful little hands, what you touch…
Be careful little feet, where you go…

Same goes for you mom!