I wrote about summer fun last week, but I forgot to mention summer officially arrived on Thursday, June 21. Most of us in Northeast Arkansas would have to agree summer temperatures arrived much sooner than the calendar date.
We did have a shower of rain and temperatures went down on the first day of summer.
So far in June we have had some really high temperatures with even higher heat index numbers so far in the summer of 2018. I have to say it has been hot and we will probably get to enjoy more as the “dog days” of summer arrive.
According to the old Farmers Almanac, the Dog Days of summer are July 3 through Aug. 11. Dog Days of Summer seem to refer to the hottest days so we may have even higher temperatures in the near future.
We had our annual family reunion June 16. We had relatives here from north and south of us and everyone agreed it was a hot day.
When I was growing up we always had our reunions (usually on the Fourth of July) outside. We did not have air conditioning so it was cooler under the shade trees. We always had lots of food, lots of cousins, and lots of fireworks.
We quit having family reunions for many years and then my grandmother (my mother's mother) decided we would reunite and got the ball rolling over 30 years ago. We started out with reunions at the Manila park a few times and then moved to my sister's large yard for several more years.
I guess we have all gotten old and soft but for the last several years we enjoy having our reunion inside. We gather at the Community Airport Center in Manila the day before Father's Day each year. We always have over 100 and some years close to 200 attend. Some years June is really pleasant and some years, like this one, it is really hot.
We can't change the weather we just have to adapt. Some summers are hotter than others and some winters are colder than others.
When the heat warnings are on, we should take heed. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.
For all of the workers who have to be out in the heat, or those who just enjoy being out in the sunshine, remember to drink water, take breaks and watch for any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
We have a lot of summer left to enjoy but we all need to use common sense. If you don't feel right, get out of the heat and cool down.
I hear more and more people my age commenting on the fact we can't take the heat like we once could, so I don't think I am alone.
Remember if you have to be out in the heat working, take those breaks and drink lots of water -- don't take chances, heat exhaustion and heat strokes are real.