10 Things That Make Me Mad: The Drought Edition.

It’s no secret that I have a somewhat short temper. I’m the type of person who gets mad – often really mad – for about, oh, 2.5 seconds. Then I get over it.

Usually. But after 500 million billion zillion days of no rain, excessive heat and oppressive humidity, the mad? It surfaces rather more often. And lasts a whole lot longer. Just about anything can spark my temper, but some things do so more reliably than others. Here are ten:

1-5. Pictures like these:

Proof that everywhere else in the known universe is getting rain.

That is today’s weather map. As you can see, there’s a line of storms stretching from Texas to Maine. Want to know how much rain we’ve gotten? None. Not a speck, sprinkle or dribble. It is never going to rain here again.

6. Sad, drooping plants. My gardens are done for the year. Done. And it’s not even August. Plants that normally bloom in September have already given it their best – and failed to make a go of it. And it’s not that I haven’t watered. I have. But plants that normally thrive in the Great Lakes region do not handle sub-Saharan temperatures well.

7. People wandering around downtown without shirts, shoes…and almost no pants. It’s hot. I understand that. But if you’re going to be out and about in a pseudo-urban setting, you owe it to the rest of us to put clothes on. Especially if your body was at its best more than two decades ago. And as for you college co-eds hanging around in your bikini tops? I’m just not talking to you.

8. The calories in ice cream. When it’s this hot, consuming things that are icy and delicious is practically required for survival. It’s not fair that they insist on retaining their usual load of empty, hip-sticking calories.

9. The weeds in my yard. We haven’t had to mow our yard since mid-June. But the weeds that sprout, like cacti, from the middle of the barren tundra? They’re waist high. I hate them.

1o. Hot pools. The only outdoor adventure even worth embarking upon right now is a trip to the pool. But said pools? Are as warm as bath water. The only time I want to dip myself in water of that temperature (outside my bath tub) is if I am in a hot tub. In the Caribbean. Under a sky sparkling with stars. With the sound of the ocean surf pounding in the background. You suck, community pools.

Someday it will rain, I’m sure of it (some day when I am not on vacation at the beach, that is). Until then, I will remain just a little bit grouchy. You are all forewarned.

Mama’s Losin’ It

5 Comments on 10 Things That Make Me Mad: The Drought Edition.

  1. Jenny
    July 27, 2012 at 6:32 am (4 years ago)

    Every point you mentioned hits home for us here! We’re in mid west indiana and every time it’s supposed to rain, it doesn’t. I think it has rained once all summer.

    I planted new bushes. They are dead and may not revive. :( I’ll have to replant everything next year.

  2. Jen
    July 27, 2012 at 9:38 am (4 years ago)

    I hear you on the hot pools. I get so annoyed by hot pools… I want to be refreshed not stand in water sweating.

  3. Michelle
    July 27, 2012 at 11:44 am (4 years ago)

    What is up with the weeds anyway? My flower bed has never looked so bad!

  4. Heather@KeepCalmAndLoveOn
    July 28, 2012 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

    Hi there! I’m new to your blog (popped over from Mama Kat’s) so I don’t know for sure where you are from…but I so feel your pain. I’m a Texas girl, and the heat has been horrendous. I’m ready for the cool, crisp air of fall!

    • Amber
      August 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Have you guys gotten any rain? We’re still waiting over here. Ugh!


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