...WHY is it almost 90 freakin' degrees at nearly 5pm!? This isn't friggin' California, it's Chicago, for Pete's sake!!! It's only supposed to get hotter this week, so take a wild guess who is going to be a great, big, giant FLAMING BITCH this week. G'head, take a guess!
In all my stupidity, I thought today would be a great day to do some planting in the yard. First, though, I had to spend about 30 minutes doing some clean-up type things, like removing the overgrowth of weeds and baby maple trees that were growing up through my chain link fence from the neighbor's house. I think I threw out my very bad back with all the pulling I was doing. I should have just called it a day after that, but I wanted to get the plants I bought into their planter boxes. So, I got busy cleaning out all my planter boxes, and I managed to get 4 different tomatoes (Big Boy, grape tomato, yellow teardrop, and Hardy Cherry), 3 separate basil plants, some mint and lemon balm all planted before I was sure I was gonna take a header off the deck.
I'm fairly certain I managed to give myself heat stroke or sun poisoning or something. I've been in the house for about an hour now. The first 30 minutes was spent on the couch in the basement (where it's about 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the house) in the dark, holding a cold cloth on my face, and guzzling water. I'm still drinking cold water now, but my face and chest are still beet red, and I'm still a bit light-headed.
I am so tempted to go back out and finish my planting (I have a couple of trays of petunias that are screaming to be planted!) but I'm afraid I'm going to end up in serious trouble. I tend to forget that I'm morbidly obese, and woefully out of shape. I guess I'd better not push it, lest I end up making myself sick, and then, God forbid, I'd miss the finale of LOST tonight! That settles it, I'm headed back down to the basement with my ice water.
Next time, I'm gonna fly Suz up here to be my personal gardener! She much better at it than I am, and she's in much better shape. Whatta ya say, Suz? You up for the job? ;-)
To Be Read By Rod Serling
10 hours ago