Sunday, July 25, 2010

Buoyed by Breeze



It's already the last day of July!

How can that be?

Where did all the sand at the top of my vacation hour glass go?

Somehow spring slipped into summer, yet the transition never made it to my blog. I've got some serious catching up to do! And today I'll take the first step.

The first half of July was relatively cool with average temps in the forties...my kind of weather! But over the last couple of weeks, the Buggy Side has seriously lived up to its name.

It's been buggy and muggy and way too warm with nary a breeze to rustle even the most delicate sliver of grass. That lack of wind is significant because, without a stirring of at least 10 mph, mosquitoes become relentless. I have reluctantly been spending a lot of my time indoors.

But today wild winds from the West have energized the village!

Children are running around like parka squirrels, happy to be bug-free and cool. People are smiling as they scurry here and there on foot or four wheeler. The lake water is choppy with white caps breaking toward the shore. Little fluffs of arctic cotton float on the air, building up here and there, like summertime drifts of snow.

I walked into the post office earlier today, happy to be out, even ecstatic to be swayed by 36 mph gusts. The first thing the clerk said to me was, "Thank goodness we finally got some wind!"

At least for today, there is a lightness afoot, a reprieve, a respite from the sticky, sweaty, suffocating stillness of the last two wearing weeks.

Of course, that crazy wind is kicking up sand which stings the skin, irritates the eyes, and fills the nose and mouth with an unpleasant grit.

But, for today, I'm completely satisfied with the trade.

5 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Warm humid weather with mosquitoes?
Are you sure you aren't in Florida?

Bryan said...

Not being over run with the mosquitos, but would love to have your "breeze." 94 here, with 55% humidity and a "wind chill heat index" of over 97. And this week it has cooled off some. It's pretty comfy outside compared to last week.

ami lynn said...

Finally!! I've been waiting for a new post...:) I got your email and intend to reply....you know me. You take the most amazing pictures, Kimberlee. This one of the flowers is gorgeous. Just like you...:).

Rose Mary said...

I've missed you... and your blog. : ) Love seeing what's going on up there.

Kimberlee said...

FC...
Pretty crazy, huh?


Bryan...
I feel your pain. I'm not sure I can survive that kind of heat/humidity anymore. :)


Ami...
Wow! What a kind thing to say. It's so good to hear from you. Let's do get the email thing going soon. I want to catch up!


RM...
Atqasuk misses you. The kids all ask about you (someone asked again today). I'm sure Cader would enjoy all this extended tundra time. :)