Oh my goodness, will the heat never end? I know, it has really just arrived, but I am tired of it already. We might actually hit 100 degrees by the end of this week.

As a lifelong North Texan, I don’t know what to think about that. On the one hand, I am so thankful that we haven’t, as in some years past, been fighting these temperatures since June. On the other hand, I am tired of fighting it after just a few days. The older I get, the harder it gets to take these extreme temperature swings.

Yesterday, I left the office to go home and let the dog out and when I stepped out onto the parking lot, I could hear the cicadas complaining about the heat. That is the way I interpret that sound that they make, especially when I hear it while I am outside on a windless blazing hot day or evening.

As I made my way across town, I turned my air up high in the car and really had just sorta cooled off by the time I reached my house. I went inside and let the dog out of her crate. When I opened the back door and told her to go out, she looked at me like I had lost my mind. She went out and found a tiny little place under some shade to take care of her business and then ran back inside as if her tail were on fire.

As I drove back to the office, I thought about all of those firefighters out at Highport Marina working to put out that fire. They were dealing with the triple threat of the heat outside, the flames and those outfits that protect them from the flames. I can only imagine it must have felt like they were strapped to the sun.

Since I can’t do anything to make any of us any cooler, I am going to take this space to remind you to make sure you take frequent breaks if you are going to be outside and to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply it frequently because everyone sweats in weather like this. Drink water to refresh yourself and make sure your animals have plenty of it. I find ice cold grapes to be particularly delicious this time of the year.

Please check on family and friends who might face this time of the year without air conditioning in their homes. If you are one of those people, try to take advantage of nice, cold public places like movie theaters or libraries.

Happy birthday Thursday to Shirley Jones of Tom Bean and Erica Pleasant of Sherman.