nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (nature)
It's been a mild summer so far (I've noticed, not unusual after a mild winter). We haven't officially even broken 100F, though 99F at least once. It's been a little more humid than usual.

But it's still hot. Today, for example, the heat index was at or above 95F for 9+ straight hours. It was the same yesterday, and on Tuesday it was over 95F for 11+ hours. That is a really long time to be that hot on a daily basis.

For what it's worth, the daily low comes at about 7 AM. Today it was 79, heat index 82. At 8 the heat index was 87, at 9 it was 90, and by 10 it was 95. Where it sat until 9 PM. (Heat index is still above 90 right now, and it's after 11 PM.) There really is no kind of relief from the heat. Ubiquitous A/C makes for temperature shock entering and exiting any building.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (weather)
First 100 degree day of the year for the area, per our official reporting station!  I'm about 30 miles west of there. The nearest station to me, the NAS, hit 100 on Tuesday the 25th and 101 yesterday. So far today we're at 102, and relative humidity is fairly high (20-30%), so the heat index was 106 at 4 PM.

I understand that in the desert, where it gets much hotter, the heat index is actually lower than the air temperature. North Texas isn't the Steamy South, but I've never in my life seen a local heat index lower than the actual temp.


We had a long, cool spring that may have lead some into believing we would have a mild summer. But instead, when it heated up it did it fast - and those widely-differing air masses lead directly to the bad tornado season we've had this year.  And we're right on track for a regular hot summer.  The average first 100 degree day is June 30, so we're just a hair ahead.

(If you're curious, the record early date for 100 degrees was March 9, 1911, and the record late date was October 3, 1951. That one was 106 degrees.)

Ick!

31 May 2013 03:27 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (wind)
It's 90F already today (3 PM), and the heat index is 101F. Honestly, I'll be glad when it gets hotter. I'd much prefer 98F with 101F heat index - it's hot, but dry(er).

And the wind has been CRAZY all week.  It's been steady from the south at 15-20+ mph since Sunday, gusting to 30+.  Early Tuesday morning, some of the on-the-hour weather stations recorded gusts over 40 mph.  I took my wind chimes inside Monday night, not so much because they were noisy (they were, but I'm used to it) but because I was afraid the wind would break the clanger!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (chill)
Place a block of refrigerated cream cheese in foil wrapper and a stick of refrigerated butter in waxed paper on the back patio at 5:30 PM.  Wait 25 minutes.

The good: Block of cream cheese is nicely softened and ready to use as a spread.

The bad: Stick of butter is half liquid and half all but, good only for dipping.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
It was totally tempting fate.  Temperature right now?

106°!!!


And yes, that sets a new record - 70 days at or above 100°.

*wails*
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (anger)
It was totally tempting fate.  Temperature right now?

106°!!!


And yes, that sets a new record - 70 days at or above 100°.

*wails*
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)



In case you missed it (because OF COURSE you are all fixated on MY weather), our 100°-day streak ended nearly two weeks ago. Thursday, August 11, we reached a wimpy 97°.  It recovered back to 103° on Friday, but that Saturday we had an earth-shattering 89° high.  (It was down to 75° that morning, too! We haven't been that cool since July 1!)  It was followed by 99° on Sunday.

But ya know, we were at Wilson's Creek that weekend, and all was normal back in the 100s when we returned. No cool weather for us!

So our streak ended at 40 days, second-best to 1980's 42 days.  I'm a bit bummed, but on the whole very glad.


First: THE HEAT ISN'T OVER!  We're straight back into the 100s and going strong as ever.  Don't get me wrong - August is usually hot here, even blistering, but at some point the boiling heat does break for good.  It's overdue this year.  Our NEW streak is at 9 days, with no immediate end in sight.  The longest-term forecast I can find says that MAYBE the end will come a week from Friday. Sure.  I'll believe that when it happens.  If it does, our 100° days will look like this:

7 days (June)
40 days (July-August)
18 days (August)
65 Days

If we're going to get insane numbers of 100°+ days, let's set some for-real records!  If it weren't for those measly 3 days two weeks ago, we'd be going strong for a 60-day streak. Awesome! :p

I love summer. I like heat, particularly our non-muggy AND non-desert style. I like wearing shorts, lightweight summer tops, knee-length skirts, and sandals. I like not being cold when I get out of the shower or drag myself out of bed in the morning. I love the sun.

But I so ready for a change!  To not break a sweat the instant I walk outside would be heavenly. To not feel my skin burning when the sun hits it, or my lips drying when the wind blows, would be a marvel. (Above about 98°, no wind is cool. It's more like a hot hairdryer.)  To see an overcast sky would be a relief to my eyes. To check the forecast and have it say something different, much less actually have to plan for rain, would be a miracle!


Back to why I'm glad at the end of the streak.  It's not because I want cooler weather, although that's the case.  (a) The streak ended, but the heat didn't. No reason to be glad there. (b) I wasn't here to enjoy it. :p

All summer there's been a lot of comparisons to the summer of 1980, which I've discussed before.  The two numbers talked about the most are the consecutive streak of 100° days, and the total number of 100° days.  Comparison:

1980:  42 consecutive days ::  69 total days
2011:  40 consecutive days :: 56/65 total days (to date/forecast)

Looks pretty close, huh?  As I've said before, a few numbers don't tell the whole story.  And for once, I'm going to look beyond my own state to get... The Rest of the Story.


That infallible bastion of knowledge, Wikipedia, has a few choice words to say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_North_American_heat_wave
The article is little more than a stub.  It says the heat wave affected "the Southern Plains, Midwestern United States, Eastern Canada, and much of the Eastern Seabord."  Then there's some discussion of various records set, and mention of at least 25 deaths in the Midwest.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_United_States_heat_wave
"The 1980 United States Heat Wave was a period of intense heat and drought that wreaked havoc on much of the midwestern United States throughout the summer of 1980. It is among the most devastating natural disasters in terms of deaths and destruction in U.S. history, claiming at least 1,700 lives[1] and because of the massive drought, agricultural damage reached US$20.0 billion (US$55.4 billion in 2007 dollars, adjusted for the GNP inflation index).[2] It is among the billion-dollar weather disasters listed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Wow.

Whereas North America had a heat wave this summer, it was not as widespread, and definitely not as long or severe, as it was in 1980.  North Texas' experience has been nearly as bad*, but not so for the rest of the country and Canada.  It's just our bad luck.  And definitely good luck for the rest of the country.

On the list of U.S. disasters by death toll, 1980 is tied for #10 and just behind Hurricane Katrina.  (It's an interesting list.  #1 is the Galveston hurricane of 1900, and #2 is the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.  September 11th is #5 and Pearl Harbor #6.)

It will take some time to assess the total impact of the 2011 heat wave, of course.  I know there won't be only 25 fatalities, and the long-term impacts of the present drought could indeed be monumental.  But I hazard that it still won't approach 1980.  That is definitely something to be grateful for.




* In 1980, "Dallas/Fort Worth reached an all-time high when the temperature hit 113 °F (45 °C) for three consecutive days on June 26-28. In all, the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw 29 days in which the previous record high temperature was either broken or tied."  The average high temperature for the whole summer was over 101°.  No way we're going to make that this year. Our highest temperature this summer was only 110°, and the majority of the days were only 100°-102°.  1980 was hotter.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (cool)
We're officially at 3 weeks above the 100° mark, and still counting.  Y'know, when the heat gets like this, everyone starts rooting for it to continue to see if we can't set a few records or two while we're at it.  Why not?  We're already at the 5th-longest streak, closing awfully fast on the 4th and 3rd.  The 2nd might even be achievable - 29 days.

 

Note that the longest record is from 1980 - 42 days. That's 6 weeks at 100° or more.  And what the record books don't show is that while the 43rd day hit only 99° or 98°, the 44th day onward was right back up to 100° or more.  That year accumulated 69 total days over 100°.  The last for the year was September 16; and the highest for the year was the still-standing record of 113°.

This summer pales in comparison (hallelujah!); our high so far is only 105°, and honestly quite a few days we've hit exactly 100° and no more.  But we might as well hope for some second-best fun while we're at it. :p

Still no rain.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (cool)
We're officially at 3 weeks above the 100° mark, and still counting.  Y'know, when the heat gets like this, everyone starts rooting for it to continue to see if we can't set a few records or two while we're at it.  Why not?  We're already at the 5th-longest streak, closing awfully fast on the 4th and 3rd.  The 2nd might even be achievable - 29 days.

 

Note that the longest record is from 1980 - 42 days. That's 6 weeks at 100° or more.  And what the record books don't show is that while the 43rd day hit only 99° or 98°, the 44th day onward was right back up to 100° or more.  That year accumulated 69 total days over 100°.  The last for the year was September 16; and the highest for the year was the still-standing record of 113°.

This summer pales in comparison (hallelujah!); our high so far is only 105°, and honestly quite a few days we've hit exactly 100° and no more.  But we might as well hope for some second-best fun while we're at it. :p

Still no rain.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (summer heat)
It's another hot summer, with a vengeance. We had one of the warmest Independence Days in my memory (since reaching an age of awareness), hitting an official 100°. Usually we're well into the 90s on The Day, but not quite over the century mark.

This is a picture taken on the 4th. I understand that a lot of people actually see green grass beside the roads in July, August, and September? :p



Days over 100° in June : 7 (a solid week, June 13-19, including the Ice Cream Social)
Days over 100° in July (to date) : 12 and counting (since July 2)
Total days over 100° : 19

% days over 100° since June 1 : 44%
% days over 100° since July 1 : 92%

100 is kind of a magic number. But it doesn't tell the whole story. Not a day's high in June was below 90°, and only two days were below 95°.

Highest temperature to date : 105°



Normal average temperature for June : 80.9°
Actual average temperature for June : 86.8°

Normal average temperature for July : 84.2°
Actual average temperature for July (to date) : 90.2°

Comparison to the average temperature is what really does it. When "average" is calculated of highs and lows over 125 years, even a 3° departure is significant.
We're 6° above average.

June has never been the real scorcher of a month. Hot, yes. Schedule outdoor events of any kind at your own risk. But it's possible to have a pleasant day or two in June. Whereas pleasant weather in July or August is surreal.

Lowest low in June : 67° (due to the thunderstorm that brought 2.84" of rain)
Lowest low in July (to date) : 75° (July 1, the only July day that has not reached 100°)


(Sorry for the picspam. This is one of the highest bridges in my county, and it was fun to take a photo from it. :p)



Pretty much all of Texas is in a severe drought. It's actually not terribly bad in my area of North Texas, thanks to a fairly wet May, but it's definitely bad in other parts of the state. Even in the Hill Country, which I understand does not suffer drought as frequently as other areas.

Normal June rain : 3.23"
Actual June rain : 2.84"
June days with no rain : 29

That 2.84"? All dumped in one day. That does not end a drought. 29 out of 30 days without rain makes a drought.
And it gets better! That storm was tiny. My local weather recording station, 10-15 miles closer than the official one, got no rain in June at all.
But that's okay; no one has gotten any rain in July yet at all. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms Friday, but I'm not too hopeful. A forecast is just a possibility.

Normal July rain (to date) : 0.88"
Actual July rain (to date) :  0"
July days with no rain (to date) : 13

 
P.S. It's 104° at my workplace now, and the day's not done yet.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (summer heat)
It's another hot summer, with a vengeance. We had one of the warmest Independence Days in my memory (since reaching an age of awareness), hitting an official 100°. Usually we're well into the 90s on The Day, but not quite over the century mark.

This is a picture taken on the 4th. I understand that a lot of people actually see green grass beside the roads in July, August, and September? :p



Days over 100° in June : 7 (a solid week, June 13-19, including the Ice Cream Social)
Days over 100° in July (to date) : 12 and counting (since July 2)
Total days over 100° : 19

% days over 100° since June 1 : 44%
% days over 100° since July 1 : 92%

100 is kind of a magic number. But it doesn't tell the whole story. Not a day's high in June was below 90°, and only two days were below 95°.

Highest temperature to date : 105°



Normal average temperature for June : 80.9°
Actual average temperature for June : 86.8°

Normal average temperature for July : 84.2°
Actual average temperature for July (to date) : 90.2°

Comparison to the average temperature is what really does it. When "average" is calculated of highs and lows over 125 years, even a 3° departure is significant.
We're 6° above average.

June has never been the real scorcher of a month. Hot, yes. Schedule outdoor events of any kind at your own risk. But it's possible to have a pleasant day or two in June. Whereas pleasant weather in July or August is surreal.

Lowest low in June : 67° (due to the thunderstorm that brought 2.84" of rain)
Lowest low in July (to date) : 75° (July 1, the only July day that has not reached 100°)


(Sorry for the picspam. This is one of the highest bridges in my county, and it was fun to take a photo from it. :p)



Pretty much all of Texas is in a severe drought. It's actually not terribly bad in my area of North Texas, thanks to a fairly wet May, but it's definitely bad in other parts of the state. Even in the Hill Country, which I understand does not suffer drought as frequently as other areas.

Normal June rain : 3.23"
Actual June rain : 2.84"
June days with no rain : 29

That 2.84"? All dumped in one day. That does not end a drought. 29 out of 30 days without rain makes a drought.
And it gets better! That storm was tiny. My local weather recording station, 10-15 miles closer than the official one, got no rain in June at all.
But that's okay; no one has gotten any rain in July yet at all. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms Friday, but I'm not too hopeful. A forecast is just a possibility.

Normal July rain (to date) : 0.88"
Actual July rain (to date) :  0"
July days with no rain (to date) : 13

 
P.S. It's 104° at my workplace now, and the day's not done yet.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

Since I've been asked, and as a matter of record, here is a link to the song (with an audio clip) that Byron and I are soloing in for the Impressions choir.  It's a pretty crazy novelty song - about coffee!  *g*

http://www.jwpepper.com/10049196.item

And no, the rest of the program isn't like that. We're doing fairly simple things like "It's a Wonderful World," "Try to Remember," and "It's a Most Unusual Day," as well as a challenging Sound of Music suite arranged by Mark Hayes, "The Impossible Dream" as I mentioned earlier, and "Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler.

I did speak too soon about being already done with the heat; Sunday got up to 101º.  And then the storms came in!  We got precisely 1.00" between 7 and 8 pm.  Today?  Very cloudy, temperature 78º, and a grand 0.08".  Most of the rain in these clouds has been north of us.

It doesn't look like the chances of rain will clear out until the weekend, and even then we're scarcely above 95º.  Still, I need to record yesterday's high.
 

  • YTD Days over 100º:            21
  • Current 100º Streak:               2
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

     
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

Since I've been asked, and as a matter of record, here is a link to the song (with an audio clip) that Byron and I are soloing in for the Impressions choir.  It's a pretty crazy novelty song - about coffee!  *g*

http://www.jwpepper.com/10049196.item

And no, the rest of the program isn't like that. We're doing fairly simple things like "It's a Wonderful World," "Try to Remember," and "It's a Most Unusual Day," as well as a challenging Sound of Music suite arranged by Mark Hayes, "The Impossible Dream" as I mentioned earlier, and "Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler.

I did speak too soon about being already done with the heat; Sunday got up to 101º.  And then the storms came in!  We got precisely 1.00" between 7 and 8 pm.  Today?  Very cloudy, temperature 78º, and a grand 0.08".  Most of the rain in these clouds has been north of us.

It doesn't look like the chances of rain will clear out until the weekend, and even then we're scarcely above 95º.  Still, I need to record yesterday's high.
 

  • YTD Days over 100º:            21
  • Current 100º Streak:               2
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

     
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Sewing Bunny)
Well, we've had a very pleasant break from intense heat for just over a week.  We've gotten only a little rain, but there have been enough clouds to keep the temperatures definitely below 100º.  Mid- to upper-90s is *much* better than the 100s, especially when there's some shade.  Yesterday got up to 102º, but it's only 93º now and cloudy.  The next week shows continued 20-30% chances of thunderstorms every day and highs only in the low 90s.  This may mean that we've had an early hot summer, and it won't get hot for extended periods again; or it may mean we'll have a second bout once August gets established.  Honestly, the second seems very probable.  We had some real hot years when I was in high school, and I distinctly remember sweltering in class in late August.  It was not fun.  But for now, we're enjoying all we can get.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            20
  • Current 100º Streak:               1
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I've been a little absent, since sewing didn't go as well as I'd liked last weekend and I was frustrated.  My first Vogue pattern turned out a little stickier than I had expected, but because of the sizing, not the construction.  I think it's all taken care of now. I'm currently waiting on my black linen to dry so I can cut out the McCall skirt in it.  That pattern was ridiculously easy to trace off, being printed.  The Vogue was a Royal Pain; there must have been 60 dots I had to transfer and connect and interpret.

    I have a solo in one of the Impressions songs!  It's pretty fun, and I was very surprised to get it.  And the big ending for "The Impossible Dream" goes up to a high C.  I *can* hit that, although I don't think I've ever done it in concert.  But I'm the only one who can hit it in Impressions, and it's pretty necessary for completing that last chord.  I ran through it with Miss D after rehearsal on Thursday, and Mr. A was impressed.  (He's apparently not gotten over me singing baritone in part of H.M.S. Pinafore.) He pointed out that that does indeed give me a three-octave range. Me and Julie Andrews, indeed! Yeah, I've got the range, but it's not all pretty!  :p  It was very nice of him to say so, though, and it made me feel good. :)

    Oh, and the pea green wrapper is this close *holds up two fingers* to being completely, absolutely finished.  Last night we watched "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," and I almost completed the belt.  (One strip of fabric, interfaced with a strip of domestic cotton organdy.)  All I have left is one thread bar for the second hook, and possibly a second set of thread bars so I can belt it a little looser.  Whee!

    More later - I need to look up my notes so I can finalize my tracing of the overalls pattern.  If all goes well, I can cut out the black linen McCall skirt and the denim overalls. Then I can do a lot of sewing before having to change serger thread.  Matter of fact, I'm going to try to avoid serging on the overalls at all; felled seams are much more appropriate anyway.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Sewing Bunny)
Well, we've had a very pleasant break from intense heat for just over a week.  We've gotten only a little rain, but there have been enough clouds to keep the temperatures definitely below 100º.  Mid- to upper-90s is *much* better than the 100s, especially when there's some shade.  Yesterday got up to 102º, but it's only 93º now and cloudy.  The next week shows continued 20-30% chances of thunderstorms every day and highs only in the low 90s.  This may mean that we've had an early hot summer, and it won't get hot for extended periods again; or it may mean we'll have a second bout once August gets established.  Honestly, the second seems very probable.  We had some real hot years when I was in high school, and I distinctly remember sweltering in class in late August.  It was not fun.  But for now, we're enjoying all we can get.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            20
  • Current 100º Streak:               1
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I've been a little absent, since sewing didn't go as well as I'd liked last weekend and I was frustrated.  My first Vogue pattern turned out a little stickier than I had expected, but because of the sizing, not the construction.  I think it's all taken care of now. I'm currently waiting on my black linen to dry so I can cut out the McCall skirt in it.  That pattern was ridiculously easy to trace off, being printed.  The Vogue was a Royal Pain; there must have been 60 dots I had to transfer and connect and interpret.

    I have a solo in one of the Impressions songs!  It's pretty fun, and I was very surprised to get it.  And the big ending for "The Impossible Dream" goes up to a high C.  I *can* hit that, although I don't think I've ever done it in concert.  But I'm the only one who can hit it in Impressions, and it's pretty necessary for completing that last chord.  I ran through it with Miss D after rehearsal on Thursday, and Mr. A was impressed.  (He's apparently not gotten over me singing baritone in part of H.M.S. Pinafore.) He pointed out that that does indeed give me a three-octave range. Me and Julie Andrews, indeed! Yeah, I've got the range, but it's not all pretty!  :p  It was very nice of him to say so, though, and it made me feel good. :)

    Oh, and the pea green wrapper is this close *holds up two fingers* to being completely, absolutely finished.  Last night we watched "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," and I almost completed the belt.  (One strip of fabric, interfaced with a strip of domestic cotton organdy.)  All I have left is one thread bar for the second hook, and possibly a second set of thread bars so I can belt it a little looser.  Whee!

    More later - I need to look up my notes so I can finalize my tracing of the overalls pattern.  If all goes well, I can cut out the black linen McCall skirt and the denim overalls. Then I can do a lot of sewing before having to change serger thread.  Matter of fact, I'm going to try to avoid serging on the overalls at all; felled seams are much more appropriate anyway.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
But not together. Someone asked how I survive the heat. Survive? Just try to avoid being out in it.


The buttonholes on the green wrapper took a loooong time.  Seventeen (17) of them!!!  Sheesh, I didn't know I was that incompetent. It's not like I've never done them before.  Next on that project?  Seventeen (17) buttons to sew on!!!  Yay.  At least they're cute, caramel-colored vegetable ivory whistle buttons.

I've also been doing some vintage sewing.  Thanks to the gorgeous-and-talented [livejournal.com profile] fancyfrocks, I haz a playsuit pattern! I've been wanting to try some circa 1940 shorts for a while, so that was terrific.  Unfortunately after I traced everything off and modified it, I discovered I didn't have enough fabric. Those things take a lot of material.  Hmph.  But I ended up in Lewisville, waiting on Bubbles for an hour, last Friday, so I spent some time at the Hancock's and came away with some linen-cotton stuff in a good weight.  (Sheer shorts? No thanks.)  It's a very weird neutral color, too gray to be khaki but too green to be gray. I had a hard time finding thread.  But I cut them out Saturday and assembled Sunday and a little last night. I just have to finish up the hem and do buttons tonight. And fix the placket somehow. Does anyone have any tips for getting them smooth? They always give me such a time.

Also at Hancock's I got denim for my circa 1940 overalls.  It's good dark indigo, not blue-black, in a sturdy but not crazy-heavy weight.  The felled seams worked extremely well on the shorts, so I'm going to do them.  I also tested the halter top of my pattern to make sure it fits. It does, even the crossed straps!  Question: What thread should I use?  How traditional is the gold-colored thread? I think I'd like it, but I'm not sure if it's the right look for these.  And what about buttons?  There are seven or eight fastening the overalls up under the left arm, and two in back fasten the straps.  They'll be quite visible.  Dark blue, to hide on the denim, or metal? What type?

And further at Hancock's I got a lighter, smoother linen-cotton in a good light khaki; and at Joann, where I got thread, I came away with a black linen blend with a woven stripe, and an awesome brightish leaf/pea green linen blend.  The khaki skirt I need because my other khaki skirts (1) don't fit right because I didn't bother to draft my pattern right, (2) are obviously vintage/too full for everyday summer wear, and/or (3) too modern or casual for when I do want to be a bit vintage.  The black skirt will be fairly simple; I just need another black skirt, and I'm not waiting time on details for black fabric.  The khaki and the green, though, I'm not sure about.  I need to look through my pattern stash for some designs with interesting seams or cut and is flowy without being hip-enhancing. *g*  And not very pleated, at least for the khaki skirt, because linen-cotton does a terrible job of holding pleats.  The green might do better.  I do like that green color!


The heat continues, no surprise.  Yesterday? 105º.  Yep, new high for the year.  Today's high isn't finalized yet, but we've stood at 103º for the 4, 5, and 6 pm hourly recordings. Also a new 100+ streak, which should continue through Thursday.  We've got some chances for rain scheduled for the weekend, so that should drop us into the low 90s.

Edit: Yep, today was 104º.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            17
  • Current 100º Streak:               7
  • Longest 100º Streak:              7
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I was thinking longingly last week of such things as soft sweaters, cozy flannel skirts, and warm tights. *g*  There's always a point, usually a couple weeks after either warm or cool weather has become firmly established, that I earnestly desire the opposite!  Then I just go on with what I'm stuck with.  ;)
  • nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
    But not together. Someone asked how I survive the heat. Survive? Just try to avoid being out in it.


    The buttonholes on the green wrapper took a loooong time.  Seventeen (17) of them!!!  Sheesh, I didn't know I was that incompetent. It's not like I've never done them before.  Next on that project?  Seventeen (17) buttons to sew on!!!  Yay.  At least they're cute, caramel-colored vegetable ivory whistle buttons.

    I've also been doing some vintage sewing.  Thanks to the gorgeous-and-talented [livejournal.com profile] fancyfrocks, I haz a playsuit pattern! I've been wanting to try some circa 1940 shorts for a while, so that was terrific.  Unfortunately after I traced everything off and modified it, I discovered I didn't have enough fabric. Those things take a lot of material.  Hmph.  But I ended up in Lewisville, waiting on Bubbles for an hour, last Friday, so I spent some time at the Hancock's and came away with some linen-cotton stuff in a good weight.  (Sheer shorts? No thanks.)  It's a very weird neutral color, too gray to be khaki but too green to be gray. I had a hard time finding thread.  But I cut them out Saturday and assembled Sunday and a little last night. I just have to finish up the hem and do buttons tonight. And fix the placket somehow. Does anyone have any tips for getting them smooth? They always give me such a time.

    Also at Hancock's I got denim for my circa 1940 overalls.  It's good dark indigo, not blue-black, in a sturdy but not crazy-heavy weight.  The felled seams worked extremely well on the shorts, so I'm going to do them.  I also tested the halter top of my pattern to make sure it fits. It does, even the crossed straps!  Question: What thread should I use?  How traditional is the gold-colored thread? I think I'd like it, but I'm not sure if it's the right look for these.  And what about buttons?  There are seven or eight fastening the overalls up under the left arm, and two in back fasten the straps.  They'll be quite visible.  Dark blue, to hide on the denim, or metal? What type?

    And further at Hancock's I got a lighter, smoother linen-cotton in a good light khaki; and at Joann, where I got thread, I came away with a black linen blend with a woven stripe, and an awesome brightish leaf/pea green linen blend.  The khaki skirt I need because my other khaki skirts (1) don't fit right because I didn't bother to draft my pattern right, (2) are obviously vintage/too full for everyday summer wear, and/or (3) too modern or casual for when I do want to be a bit vintage.  The black skirt will be fairly simple; I just need another black skirt, and I'm not waiting time on details for black fabric.  The khaki and the green, though, I'm not sure about.  I need to look through my pattern stash for some designs with interesting seams or cut and is flowy without being hip-enhancing. *g*  And not very pleated, at least for the khaki skirt, because linen-cotton does a terrible job of holding pleats.  The green might do better.  I do like that green color!


    The heat continues, no surprise.  Yesterday? 105º.  Yep, new high for the year.  Today's high isn't finalized yet, but we've stood at 103º for the 4, 5, and 6 pm hourly recordings. Also a new 100+ streak, which should continue through Thursday.  We've got some chances for rain scheduled for the weekend, so that should drop us into the low 90s.

    Edit: Yep, today was 104º.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            17
  • Current 100º Streak:               7
  • Longest 100º Streak:              7
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I was thinking longingly last week of such things as soft sweaters, cozy flannel skirts, and warm tights. *g*  There's always a point, usually a couple weeks after either warm or cool weather has become firmly established, that I earnestly desire the opposite!  Then I just go on with what I'm stuck with.  ;)
  • nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Daybreakers)
    Keeping pretty busy with sewing stuff and errands so far this weekend, but I need to keep this up to date or I'll lose track.  It's been quite hot all weekend; we're only clocking low 100s in my city, but several spots in Fort Worth keep hitting 105º.

    Let's see... the last update was July 9.  That makes July 8 the first day of the current streak.  And we did hit 103º on the 9th, tying for the high temp so far.

    • YTD Days over 100º:           14
    • Current 100º Streak:              4
    • Longest 100º Streak:              6
    • YTD High Temperature:    103º  (2x)
      The forecast for the rest of the week?  Long-term, Saturday may drop us down to 99º.
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
       Last Update: 12:14 pm CDT Jul 12, 2009
      Forecast Valid: 1pm CDT Jul 12, 2009-6pm CDT Jul 18, 2009
        
      Forecast at a Glance
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
      This
      Afternoon

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Tonight

      Clear
      Clear

      Lo 79 °F
      Monday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Monday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Tuesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 102 °F
      Tuesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Wednesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F
      Wednesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 80 °F
      Thursday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F


      I like the heat far more than I like cold.  But heat like this is peculiarly exhausting, even when I'm not really out in it. And nothing says Summer to me like the buzz of cicadas.  All I have to do is think of that loud, abrasive rasp and I can feel the shimmer of heat, the dry breath, the sun so bright I can't see.
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Daybreakers)
    Keeping pretty busy with sewing stuff and errands so far this weekend, but I need to keep this up to date or I'll lose track.  It's been quite hot all weekend; we're only clocking low 100s in my city, but several spots in Fort Worth keep hitting 105º.

    Let's see... the last update was July 9.  That makes July 8 the first day of the current streak.  And we did hit 103º on the 9th, tying for the high temp so far.

    • YTD Days over 100º:           14
    • Current 100º Streak:              4
    • Longest 100º Streak:              6
    • YTD High Temperature:    103º  (2x)
      The forecast for the rest of the week?  Long-term, Saturday may drop us down to 99º.
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
       Last Update: 12:14 pm CDT Jul 12, 2009
      Forecast Valid: 1pm CDT Jul 12, 2009-6pm CDT Jul 18, 2009
        
      Forecast at a Glance
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
      This
      Afternoon

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Tonight

      Clear
      Clear

      Lo 79 °F
      Monday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Monday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Tuesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 102 °F
      Tuesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Wednesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F
      Wednesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 80 °F
      Thursday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F


      I like the heat far more than I like cold.  But heat like this is peculiarly exhausting, even when I'm not really out in it. And nothing says Summer to me like the buzz of cicadas.  All I have to do is think of that loud, abrasive rasp and I can feel the shimmer of heat, the dry breath, the sun so bright I can't see.
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
    The problem with not making time to update one's blog is that when one does make time, one has enough words for a round dozen entries. And who wants to read that? *sigh*

    Weather first!

    This is going to be a hot summer.

    Cue lots of rambling about weather. Told you I don't know when to stop. )

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