These dark clouds moved through here, just north of our town, two days ago, on the official first day of summer. We've been getting frequent rainfalls and thunderclouds but no gully-washer storms, which has been good for the farmers here in southwest Illinois. Temperatures have been above normal for June, but it's the humidity that has made it uncomfortable for people who must work outdoors. Unlike when I work outside or jog in Southern California, where the air is so much drier, I sweat a lot here in the Prairie State. I like it when jogging, because the sweat helps keep me cooler. However, yard work and mowing in the hot humidity requires occasional breaks. I look at the bright side: I'm still physically able to jog, mow and work outside. And a cold beer tastes so good afterward.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.