Surviving the Heat and Humidity

IMG_3907 One of My Favorite Corners.JPG

My Favorite Corner

We are now officially in the weather pattern in Iowa that has two temperature settings… and muggy or hotter and muggier. When we walked out our door this morning it didn’t feel too bad as it had cooled off slightly during the night.

We decided we had better walk some beans (also known as swinging a hoe in the soybean field and whacking weeds) before it became too hot and unbearable. We were fortunate in the fact that until 10:30 it was overcast and we had a breeze. You learn very quickly to ignore the heat, humidity and grit that sifts into your shoes.

By afternoon, that overcast sky had left and the sun beamed bright and hot in it’s place. I found this out when I ventured out again to weed in the vegetable garden. This has been a prolific season for weeds around here! As I was plucking out weeds and finding the carrots back; it quickly felt like I was cooking in the sun.

By evening, my husband even had to admit that it was indeed humid. He usually seems to be immune to the mugginess. When he mentioned how bad it was…..I knew it was indeed like swimming through the air when we walked outside.

I will have to admit that this weather is excellent for growing things.  The melons in the garden are vining out and I noticed some of the watermelons had marble sized melons on them. I have lettuce, that for some reason, seems to want to hang out in the carrots….and I am good with that as long as they all keep growing and get along!

My peas are spotty, but the ones that are there, are blooming. They had to be planted twice due to rabbits eating them the first time. I think they munched them to the ground as fast as they came up.

I have a feeling that is why the second group I planted came up pretty thin also. I did have one plant with a few pods on it and those pods were an excellent snack while working in the garden.

Once I had done enough weeding, I wandered around to see how the flowers were faring in this heat. It turns out they are doing wonderfully!

The elecampane is hugely tall and I think I will have to move it this fall as it is really too large for the space where it is now growing. I was given the seeds from my friend Sara; and had no idea what this plant would look like….now I know and it needs a little more room than I have given it.

IMG_3887 Elecampane


I had to stand on our porch to get a picture of the flower of the elecampane… was that tall!  If I remember right Sara told me they are of some medicinal value but, for the life of me I cannot remember for what….I may have to turn to my other buddy – Google.

My lilies are also doing wonderfully this year and have lots of buds, promising lots of blooms.

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The phlox are also in full bloom at this time. Every time I see those beautiful blooms I think of my friend, Darlene, who sent them along with my daughter-in-law (her daughter) for me to add to my shady area. It just makes me smile.

IMG_3903 Phlox


The flowers and growing vegetables make all the heat and humidity worthwhile. I know they would not flourish like they do without the sticky weather. It is kind of a trade off but a lot of things in life are like that……two sides of the same coin.

It is good to remind myself that, if not for the sticky weather, our crops wouldn’t grow like they do…….nor would my flowers be as beautiful and scent the air with that wonderful sweetness that I get to enjoy.

It makes the heat of the day more bearable when there is beauty to be found. It helps through the uncomfortable seasons when you get to enjoy something as simple as flowers in bloom.

We all have obstacles.
The feeling of satisfaction comes by overcoming something.

46 thoughts on “Surviving the Heat and Humidity

    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am so very grateful for air conditioned homes! We finally broke down and put it on this morning! It felt amazing to walk back into the house at noon after a hot morning in the field. I can take heat but the humidity seems to get worse the older I get!

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  1. bcparkison says:

    Normally around here crops should be’ layed by’ come the middle of July. Spring was so wet I’m sure things are off schedule this year. I did see late cotton just south of us. Farming has just gotten so unpredictable. Is that a snowball bush ? Beautiful!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We usually harvest in October. In years past farmers were just grateful to be done by Thanksgiving but now with bigger equipment and combines, rather than corn pickers, they are done long before that. Unless stuff really goes wrong.
      Yes! That is a snowball bush. I got pieces of it from my mom when she divided hers up as it was getting to big. It seems to do really good in that corner of the yard.

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  2. goldenbrodie says:’s a glorious time of the year…demanding in my garden lots of time…that I love giving and what I get in return is a summer amazement. Your flowers are so beautiful and it sure is a hot one.

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  3. Margy says:

    Hot and muggy would be hard to take! We’ve had a few days of hot, but we don’t often get much humidity. Hot usually means afternoon thunderstorms, and sometimes hail!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      As our corn gets taller it puts out more humidity so it will only get worse on our hot days. Sometimes we do get the thunderstorms out of it or severe weather. Just last week at city 60 miles from us had so much hail it looked like snow! I will take the mugginess instead of that!


  4. beeorganizedwithpamela says:

    I love your snowball bush. Your garden looks like it is coming along. Regardless of those rascally rabbits. The elecampane is interesting. I will have to research and see if that would grow here. It looks like a type of sunflower so it might do well here. They are harvesting watermelon and cantaloupe just south of our town. So if you see watermelon from Arizona, it could be from me. LOL

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  5. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    I’m playing catch-up – sorry for the slightly late comment ….

    Beautiful photos Chicken, and a really enjoyable read. That last paragraph was perfection. It summed up life in general. Small things really can help to over-come some situations which we can all find ourselves in, in one way or another.

    Such a fabulous quote too! Love it. 🙂
    Have a blessed rest of your day, Chicken. ~ Cobs. x 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Not too worry on catching up! I seem to be playing catch up all summer. I am sure I have missed too many of your fabulous little art pieces! They are so clever.
      I really liked the quote also because it didn’t say we overcame all our obstacles….it just says it feels good to overcome something.
      May you be blessed also Cobs!

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  6. Al says:

    Pretty hot and humid here as well. Fortunately, it’s a 4 minute walk to the beach.

    Your flowers are gorgeous. And you’re right about the humidity releasing the fragrance. I stopped to smell one of our crepe myrtle trees. I’ve always marveled at their beauty, never realizing that they also have a subtle sweet fragrance to them.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I wish I was that close to a beach!
      Last year we discovered that milkweed flowers smelled amazing. We had always been catching a wonderful fragrance and tracked it to them.I am in the process of tracking another one down….I think it might be lilies.


  7. peggyjoan42 says:

    I understand the hot and muggy and getting things done early. The humidity here has been 100% for weeks and up in mid 90s with heat indexes of 102. Like your two temperature settings. Lol

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  8. says:

    We have had two very hot days in a row-other than that, not nearly as awful as usual-gosh, your days sound like mine for all summers past. No garden this year-and it feels odd. Your phlox are beautiful-they are one of my favorites, but I have never seen any that color. Here they are pink or white. I love your account of your life! love Michele

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  9. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I thought that I commented on this post. I read it and wrote you a note. Maybe I didn’t click on the “post comment” button or whatever it is! Anyway…I said something nice about the weather and the post and the pictures! This is very distressful! I am losing my mind, but what is new about that? I think that I told you (but who knows if I did?) that we were in Houston last week for Mike’s cousin’s funeral. It was very unexpected…so sad. He had cancer, but kept it a secret except from his sister and brother and some coworkers. The cancer was very fast moving and his liver etc failed. Anyway…the celebration of his life was wonderful and so like his personality. There were Shakespeare quotes interspersed with Bible verses and personal remembrances. He was just one of those very smart, bright, brilliant people…he could talk about anything with clarity! But…he could also be very regular and the small town boy like he grew up…hunting and fishing and hiking and playing baseball!

    Well…I miss you!!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It is always so sad when someone young passes away…and when it is someone you love it can be so hard. My sympathy is with you and Mike. Sometimes cousins are as close as siblings.
      If you are losing your mind I am not far behind. I do stuff like that all the time….make a comment and have to go back and hit send.
      Ah well…..look on the bright side…if we get really forgetful everyone we meet will be a new friend…even if they were always our friend LOL.

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        I am glad that you are still speaking to me since I have been so absent…even more than I thought! Mike is an only child, so his cousins are VERY important. Through the years, I have become close to these all of his cousins and particularly these three cousins …Jimmy who we lost, his sister and brother. They are the children of Mike’s aunt…his Dad’s youngest sister. Of course, they are not children now!! I think that I am still 21…maybe 24 at the most!!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I haven’t been very faithful on the blogs either lately….just too much going on….and all good things.
        I am sure we are still only in our 20’s…… aren’t we??? We just won’t ask our husbands.
        My sons have that same close relationship with their cousins on my side. They love to be together.

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Trying to get caught up with reading blogs and trying to write something! Yesterday, I wrote about a cafe that we like just outside of Nashville!

        Our daughter is very close to my two nephews and nieces and all of their families. In fact, l five of their children (her “little cousins”) were in her wedding!

        Yes…we are twenty somethings…that is for sure! I can tell just by looking at pictures of us on our blogs! I will definitely not ask Mike! The other day I found a picture of me when we were recently engaged and I was standing next to his aunt and uncle. When he saw it…he said…”Who is that girl with the long blond hair?” Excuse me his hair was very dark then! And my hair is still sort of blonde…when I take the time to go to the “beauty shop”! I probably showed my age by using that term!!!!!!

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Our daughter loves cowboy boots and I think she might have quite a few pairs! She has some snake boots similar to what I like. Get this…she had them really and truly…monogrammed! And Mike thinks I am high maintenance!!! I won’t get my initials on them, because I know how rough I am on footwear!!! It does look cool though…hmmm!!

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  10. Timelesslady says:

    Great post. I enjoyed walking through the day with you and the description of some of your flowers. My lilies are also blooming…a little late for here. They smell amazing. It is very hot and muggy here too. Today is a bit of a relief, but it is on its way again toward the end of the next week.

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  11. Sara says:

    🙂 Elecampane: used for asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. It is also used to prevent coughing and as an expectorant to help loosen phlegm, so it can be coughed up more easily.
    Other uses include improving stomach function; treating nausea and diarrhea; and killing hookworm, roundworm, threadworm, and whipworm that can live in the intestine. In foods and beverages, elecampane is used to provide flavor.In other manufacturing processes, elecampane is used as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps.

    Mom thinks its ugly. 😂

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