Dear Mother Nature:
They say if you donít like the weather in Ohio, wait five minutes. Iíve waited 10 days for some real August.
I thought we had a deal. Iíll shovel snow for your nearly five months of winter. Iíll mow the lawn from April through October. Iíll live with your increasingly short springs and autumns.
All you have to do is make it hot in August, so I can spend a month doing nothing.
Iím living up to my part of the deal. Now live up to yours.
I love springtime in Ohio. I just donít love it in August.
This comfortable weather is really putting a dent on my lazy days of summer.
In case you donít get outside much, itís been unseasonably comfortable lately. The average high temperature this August has been 78.2 degrees, or 4.6 degrees off from average, according to National Weather Service figures.
We had back-to-back days with temperatures topping 80 on Monday and Tuesday for the first time in 15 days, according to figures weather observer Ray Burkholder, of Pandora, provides to The Lima News.
I love temperatures in the 70s, so I should love days like these. The 70s are perfect for working outside, working up a little bit of sweat but not feeling absolutely miserable.
The problem is they take away a manís built-in excuse for doing nothing.
August is built for relaxing. With an average temperature of 82.9 and high temperatures and humidity percentage often climbing into the 90s, you canít count on doing much outside except relaxing.
Iíll spend this afternoon helping my wife strip and repaint the doors to our house. Itís a perfect May project that somehow works in August this year.
With todayís high expected to hit the high 70s, my excuse of ďitís too hot for thatĒ just doesnít hold up.
Iíd like to lodge a formal complaint with Mother Nature. August should be spent lazing by a pool or a lake, not doing actual work outside.
In my truest of hearts, Iím a lethargic guy. Iím much happier sitting around watching people than actually doing anything. Thatís why I got into management, in journalism of all things.
Iíll gladly watch the kids splash around in the water. But our family rule is the temperature has to hit 80 before you can swim, and thatís only happened five times in the last 20 days, weíve settled into a decidedly landlocked lifestyle.
The kids havenít even asked us to put the inflatable pool outside. I see local pools already giving up on summer. Ottawa Memorial Pool plans to close today, according to the Putnam County YMCA, which runs the pool. The Leipsic pool closes next Sunday.
More and more tasks find their way onto my honey-do list when the weatherís this nice. Thatís no good, since I worked ahead in the spring to erase the honey-do list in time for those miserably hot August days, when I get my due rest.
Thereís no rest for the comfortable this year.
The grass is having a field day, growing like crazy by not having to endure a hot stretch to bring its growth to a halt. Iím sure this is all wonderful news for the plant life, but itís really taking its toll on my life.
The weather forecast for the next week doesnít look much better. There are more beautiful days, with comfortable temperatures and moderate rainfall. I donít know if I can survive another week of heightened expectations I can get work done outside.
Iíll keep my fingers crossed. Maybe some heat wave will surprise us. Iíll keep praying for global warming.
Until then, Iíll keep enjoying this wonderful weather. I just wonít like the work that comes with it.