Monday, September 30, 2013

Pretty Hot Today

Cannot believe tomorrow is October 1st. Seems like it was just Labor Day and now it's almost Halloween. Did something I haven't done in quite awhile last night. I was in the shower and thought about Ben and I cried. As most of you know, the shower was where I did most of my crying after Ben passed away. Have not had a weeping session in months. Only proves that it gets better, but it NEVER goes away. Watched a movie last night and went to bed just before 9 pm. Started to watch TV while in bed, but fell asleep. Glad I'm not having those nights where I can't fall asleep like I do now and then. I am still having really strange dreams though. We got up at 6 am to get ready for our dog walk/play date. We have been having such beautiful mornings here. Didn't do much today. It got up to 92° even though they keep saying we are “cooler than normal”.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Relaxing Sunday

I swear Hiker can tell time...or count. I have a grandfather clock. Hiker was starting to move around in bed and stretching her legs around 5 am this morning, but she settled back down and went back to sleep, but then, when the grandfather clock started chiming at 6 am, she came out from under the covers and started waking me up to let her outside. We didn't go for a morning walk as I had to do some laundry, so we did a short afternoon walk. It was a little warmer today, so we didn't stay out too long. I'm hoping it cools down and gets into “full-fall-mode” this next week. I'd like to maybe get out for a hike or two.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quick Note

Just a quick note today. My TV in my bedroom stopped working so I had to go buy a new one and it is a "smart" TV. I have been setting it up and trying to get the apps to work on it but I am having a problems with the Amazon Instant Video app, so I will probably have to call Vizio and find out what the problem is. Other than that, didn't do much today. Took a walk this morning and have been inside the rest of the day. It got up to 90° here again.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Windy and Sunny

Had our every Friday morning dog walk with Jean this morning. Temps were around 50° and it was actually cool enough that I put on a zippered sweatshirt over my t-shirt, but they say we will be back into the 90's Saturday and Sunday. After the walk, Hiker and I had breakfast and then went to buy my lottery tickets. Came home and did a few things around the house, watched some TV and then had lunch. After lunch, the weather was so nice that we drove up to Vasquez Rocks for a nice afternoon hike and some picture taking. Hiker and I just cannot get enough of that place. It is one of our favorite places to spend time together exploring. It was about 80° when we left home, but only 75° at the Rocks.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Busy Day

Got up at 6 am because I had to get ready to drive Jean down to the Kaiser in the San Fernando Valley. The traffic was horrific! We got there about 10 minutes after she was supposed to check in. She was in with the doctor for over an hour because they were doing a biopsy on a mole that had changed. After her appointment, we headed over to the mall in Santa Clarita to visit the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. We were surprised to see that the first military people killed there were killed in 1955. I guess that was back when the USA was “policing” the area. After we viewed the wall, we then went into the mall to Red Robin and had lunch. Then we drove up to PetSmart because I wanted to get some fragrance spray for Hiker. She squats so low when she pees that she “sits” in the puddle and it gets on the back of her legs and then when it dries, she smells like pee. Since you are not supposed to bathe dogs too much because it dries out their skin, I thought maybe the fragrance spray might help. While at PetSmart, I bought her a little squeaky pumpkin for Halloween. I was telling the cashier that Hiker would be mad if she knew I was at PetSmart without her because she loves to beg for the cookies they have behind the counter. The cashier told me she'd put a couple of the cookies in my bag to take home to Hiker. I let Hiker stick her head in the bag and find the cookies. There had been a large praying mantis on my patio for a little over a week. I think Hiker killed it. I found it dead on the ground and it looked a little chewed up. I told her that she was going to be in trouble because it is illegal to kill praying mantises LOL. Actually that old belief is a myth that has been floating around since the 1950s. Got up to around 75° here today and the wind was blowing pretty hard.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Another Nice Fall Day

I was so mad at myself last night. I had planned to watch the new episode of “NCIS”. I got all comfortable on the couch and turned it on at 8 pm and then fell asleep about 5 minutes later. Woke up around 8:45 pm, so just decided to go to bed. I'll have to catch it “On Demand”. Hiker and I went on a morning walk. Did just under 2 miles. Did not see that big nasty spider today. He was either out “hunting” or someone got rid of him. Came home and had some breakfast and then went grocery shopping. I decided to buy more groceries than I normally do so I ended up paying about $30 more than I normally do. Was a beautiful fall day but they are saying once again that this weekend we are going to be back up into the 90's. Did a little more housework after lunch and then settled down to watch “Sleepy Hollow” on the “On Demand” channel. Tomorrow morning I have to get up early because I have to drive Jean down to her doctor's appointment at the Kaiser in Panorama City. We have to leave around 7 am because the traffic going down there is terrible. I hate driving the freeways in the San Fernando Valley, but I owe it to her to drive because I have to depend on her to drive me when I have to go to my retinal specialist.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spent Day With Friends

Hiker woke me up later than normal this was already 6:15 am. I felt like crap when she woke me up. I had trouble falling asleep last night, plus I had my “normal” morning aches and pains. After letter he outside and back in, I went back to bed until 7 am and when I got up then, I felt much better. Went to my grief support group today. It was the first time I'd been there in 3 weeks. There was a new guy there named Roger. I don't know what his story is. I'm assuming he has lost his wife. After group, several of us went over to Dario's for some Mexican food. We invited Pete and this is the first time in over 2 years that he accepted our invitation. He's a fun guy. There was another guy named Jim who had gone to lunch with us a few times, but he has not been coming to group lately. I guess the guys are a little intimidated about going to lunch with all of us “raunchy” women (LOL). When I got home, Hiker was at the door to meet me and she “helped” me put the trash bins out by the curb as she always does on Tuesdays. Well fall seems to have “come and gone”. It got up to 93° here today.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nice Autumn Day

Got up at 7 am and slipped into my jeans and a t-shirt instead of shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Felt good. Hiker and I headed out for a morning walk. It was beautiful outside. We did a little over 2 miles round trip. Got home and had some breakfast then I headed over to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. After lunch, I did some housework. The thermometer outside read 95° but I went outside and it no way felt that hot. They say today should be our warmest day and then we should cool down into the high 70's, low 80's. My older brother Ron called me. Today is one of his “non-work” days”. He said he called because he was bored. We talked for awhile. He told me they had a really good rain in northern California yesterday. Hope we get some rain this year.

Here is a photo of the huge spider we keep seeing in the park on our walks

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Had another dog walk/play date with Jean and her dogs this morning. When Hiker woke me up this morning, it was not overcast like it was yesterday which made it even cooler than yesterday morning was. I looked at the patio thermometer and it was 55° when we started out on our walk. After Jean left, Hiker and I went to buy my lotto tickets and then came home so I could was my sheets and towels. Also decided to wash my “spring/summer” comforter and put my “fall/winter” comforter on the bed. One of these days I will have to buy some new ones as I've had these for about 10 or 12 years and now that I have Hiker, they don't come out as clean as they used to. I also put some fall decorations out on the front scarecrow, and a few other things. I need to buy some new decorations too because I've had these forever and they are not looking all that great. It's been almost 2 ½ years since Ben passed away and I'm finally starting to feel like decorating for seasons and holidays again. Took Hiker for a short afternoon walk because it was so beautiful outside.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Beautiful Day

We had a dog walk/play date with Jean and her dogs today since we didn't get to do it yesterday. When Hiker and I got up, it was cool and cloudy outside and it stayed that way until around noon. When we were out on our walk, it was about 62°. Not many people out this morning. Guess they were sleeping in because of the coolness. The few people we did see were all bundled up in coats like it was freezing outside. I did wear sweat pants, but I had on a sleeveless blouse and it felt great. The only problem when it's cool and cloudy like this is that the lawn stays wet from the last watering and the dogs get all muddy. It was so nice outside this afternoon that I decided to go out and sit on the patio. Hiker decided to sit with me and jumped up into the chair next to me. The wind was starting to blow some. They are saying that we may have some very high winds tomorrow.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Nice Day To Be Outside

Last night I watched a cute move called “The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid”. Went to bed around 9 pm and went right to sleep. Got up around 7 am, made some breakfast and then went outside and cleaned up the flower bed in my front yard. Had to remove all of the dead gladiolas and trim back the two rose bushes. Looks much better now. It was foggy when I got up around 6 am to let Hiker outside. We sent back to bed until the sun came out. Decided to do a load of laundry today. I usually do it on Saturday, but Jean and I had to change our dog walk/play date to Saturday because she had a dental appointment this morning, so we didn't get to walk the dogs as we usually do on Fridays. After lunch Hiker and I went over to the South Fork Trail in Newhall for a 2 mile walk. It was nice outside. Only 79° and breezy. Hope this weather stays.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Was I Lazy Today Or What?

I was trying to watch a movie called “The Butcher's Wife” last night on Amazon Prime and I kept falling asleep. I guess the work I did yesterday (cleaning my rain gutters) wore me out more than I thought. I slept in until 8 am this morning and when I woke up, my muscles were sore. Getting old sucks (LOL). I had to go over to Sam's Club this morning and pick up a few things. The weather was pretty nice today, and I really should have taken Hiker out for a walk somewhere, but I was just really tired and sore to do anything. Plus the temperature went back up again today. It hit 95° today while yesterday it was only 82° here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Very Nice Day

Went to bed at 8:30 pm last night as I was falling asleep on the sofa watching TV. Got up at 7 am and by 8 am, I was outside cleaning my rain gutters. I don't have leaves in them because I don't have trees that drop leaves into them, but there is always a lot of dirt in them, some from the roof shingles and some from the wind that blows here a lot of the time. After the gutters I had to come in and take a shower because I looked like a chimney sweep all covered with dirt and grime. After the shower, I cleaned my small bathroom and then I was pooped. I just cannot do a lot of work like I did when I was young. I remember when Ben and I were first married and we lived in a rental house, I would clean the house and then go right outside and mow the lawn. The old lady who lived across the street from us always called me “Spark Plug”. Now I just cannot keep going like I did 30 some years ago. After lunch, Hiker and I went over to Central Park for an afternoon walk. The weather was great. It was about 80° and the wind was blowing lightly. I love the wind as long as it does not get destructive. We get a lot of wind here in October which scares me because in October of 2007, there was a brush fire that roared through the hills north of us and Ben and I had to evacuate. Thank goodness some of the guys who live in our community got out the hoses and fought off the fire because the fire department never came into our community. While Hiker and I were at Central Park, I took her into the dog park because there were no other people or dogs there. I turned Hiker loose and she would run around some, but she kept looking back to see where I was and if I got more than 30 feet away from her, she came running back to me. I hope this cooler weather means Fall is coming.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Slept in just a little bit this morning. We stayed up until 11 pm last night watching the season finale of “Under The Dome”. I wanted to go out for a nice breakfast this morning so we went over to the Saugus Cafe. I had not eaten there in over 15 years. I think Ben and I went there for lunch one time when we first moved to the Santa Clarita Valley. This cafe is very historic and has been used in movies and on TV. It was much cooler this morning that it has been for the past several mornings. By 10 am it was still only 75° instead of 85° like it was last week at that time. The are saying we will have a slight cool down, then it will warm up for a day or two and then it will cool back down again. I hope that means the Fall weather is coming. I actually pulled my covers up on me last night in bed. We put Hiker in the car and drove over to Pico Canyon Park. I wanted to show Keith the area for a possible hike when we finally get cooler weather. Keith left for home around 1 pm. Hiker was whimpering a little bit when he was driving away. It was about 10° cooler here today, but it was still 91° outside.

Here is a photo of Pico Canyon Park

Here is a link where you can read about about the Saugus Cafe.
Saugus Cafe

Monday, September 16, 2013


Got up at 6 am and did our dog walk with Jean. We had breakfast and then Keith and I headed out to check out some stores. We went to Game Stop and I bought a “We Love Golf” game for my Wii console and we went over to Wal-Mart where I bought a sweatshirt for when (and if) we ever get some cool weather. Keith bought another shirt while we were there. Came back by home to check on Hiker and then headed to In & Out Burger for lunch, but the parking lot was jammed and we noticed that the line inside was all the way to the door. So we left there and went to Mighty Mouth Burger for lunch instead. They are like the “original” Tommy's Burger. Came back home and stayed. Keith has been trying to finish up some contractual work that he did for the company he used to work for. It got up to 100° here today. They keep saying we are going to start cooling down some, but I don't know if I believe it or not. This morning when we did our dog walk, it was nice and cool. Too bad we didn't plan to go for a hike. Oh well.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Way Too Hot!

We slept in this morning. We had wanted to go for a hike this morning but it was already much too hot. We had breakfast and I went to get my lottery tickets while Keith stayed home with Hiker. We stayed pretty lazy all day because of the heat. We watched a couple of movies on TV and I made us some Arby's knock-off chicken sandwiches for lunch. We played a little Wii tennis, bowling, baseball and golf and then we decided to take Hiker for a ride in the car. She was acting really bored and I felt sorry for her. We try to play inside the house with her when it is this hot outside. We took a drive up through Soledad Canyon, across through Agua Dulce and then down Sierra Highway and back home. I sure won't miss this hot weather when it finally decides to leave us.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hot Weekend

We slept in a little this morning. I made pancakes for breakfast and then we hung out at home waiting for the gardener to show up. After he was finished, Keith and I went over to Weinerschnitzel for lunch then we went across the street to the Goodwill store to look around. By this time it had already gotten hot, around 100°. We headed home for a little while but then decided to head over to the 99¢ Only Store. Keith wanted to buy some coffee creamer and some windshield wiper fluid. I picked up a plush toy ball for Hiker. When we got back home, Hiker immediately put her nose in the plastic bag as if she knew there was something in it for her. She pulled the ball out and ran around the house with it in her mouth. I had to catch her so I could take the tag off of it. She spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the ball, bringing it to us to throw for her. I had hoped so much that we would have some cooler weather so Keith and I could do some hiking but it's still way too hot plus Keith is having problems with his sciatic nerve.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Been Running Around

Got up early this morning and did our regular Friday dog walk with Jean and her dogs. We also picked up Patches who belongs to Chris my neighbor across the street because Patched was due for her grooming like Hiker. We let all of the dogs have some play time after the walk. Keith was having some sciatic pain, so he stayed home while I took Hiker over to Jean's house. I usually stay with Hiker when Jean grooms her but today I had to go run some errands. I helped Jean get Hiker into the tub because that's where she has problems with her. Once she is in the tub, she is OK. Went home and got Keith and we went to do my errands. Came back home about a hour later and I went up to see if Hiker was done and she was. She wanted to go home the minute she saw me walk in the door. Keith and I went over to Jimmy Dean's for lunch and the stopped by Wal-Mart to look around. Keith bought a couple pair of slacks and a cool purple dress shirt. Later in the afternoon, we went over to Office Max and Keith bought a new computer attaché. Last night we watched a movie called “The Arrival” with Charlie Sheen. It was pretty good. Kind of strange though. So tonight we are going to watch “Arrival 2”.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Keith's Visit Starts

Hiker and I did not go for a morning walk because we were waiting for my brother Keith and my friend Ed to arrive. Keith, Ed and I went over to Round Table Pizza for lunch. Hiker had no idea that Keith was coming to visit but I think she thought something was going on because before he got her, she was staring at the front door and she was whimpering. Every time a car went by, she'd run to the door and look outside. I think maybe dogs can “read our minds”. When we got back, we all went outside and played ball with Hiker for a little while, but it started getting hot, so we came back inside. We are supposed to get back up into the 100's this weekend. I was hoping it was going to stay cool. Ed headed back home around 1:45 pm. He didn't want to get stuck in the “going home from work” traffic. So now Keith and I are sitting her on the sofa with Hiker, all full of pizza and felling fat and happy.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Felt A Little Like Fall

Actually got up at 6 am again this morning. Finally slept pretty good last night. I think I was tired from walking around the Reagan Library all day yesterday. I had a computer problem last night so I was up early and researching how to fix it, and I actually found the solution and got it fixed. Hiker and I went for a 2 mile walk around 7 am. It was so nice outside this morning. Felt so much like fall. It was only 58° this morning but it did warm up into the low 80's by the afternoon. The local weather people say we are going to be really hot again this weekend, but hopefully, fall weather is on the way. Keith may be here for a visit this weekend. I have not mentioned it to Hiker because if something happens Keith gets called to work, Hiker won't be disappointed if he doesn't show up. I know that sounds funny, but Hiker understand when I tell her he is coming for a visit and she starts watching for him. My friend Ed, who was Ben's best buddy, is coming up from Pomona tomorrow to go to lunch. It's always nice to sit with Ed and talk about Ben, because Ed knew him for over 35 years and it's fun to share stories about Ben.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fun Day

Today my neighbor Jean and I spent most of the day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We had a really nice time. They had so many new exhibits including the Lincoln Exhibit. Also saw Air Force One and several other cool things. I must say that the library is beautiful both the building and the grounds. It sits high on a hill overlooking the Simi Valley and there are some great views from up there. All of the docents are very friendly and very knowledgeable. After visiting the library, we headed down into Simi Valley and had lunch at The Hat. I will post my photos as soon as I get them all uploaded from my camera. Hiker was so happy when I got home. When she went outside to go potty, a fly go into the house as she came through the door. She is a great fly hunter. She will track them down until she corners them and then she barks and barks telling me where they are so I can come with the fly swatter and kill them. Guess tracking them down and cornering them is all part of her herding breeding. Only got up to 88° here today.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Birthday To My Ben

I actually got up at 6 am this morning to get ready and meet Jean for our Monday dog walk. Was much cooler this morning. Sky was cloudy and it was in the high 60's but they are saying that by this weekend that we will be in the 100's again, but we should not have the humidity. After the dog walk, I drove over to the car wash and got the Rav4 cleaned up. They have an “early bird special” if you get there before 10 am. Then I went and did my grocery shopping at Stater Brothers. I wanted to get as much done today as I could because Jean and I are going to the Ronald Reagan Library tomorrow. Hope the weather stays cool. It got up to 95 ° but it felt cooler because it was dry heat. Today would have been Ben's 63rd birthday.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Had a little trouble going to sleep again lasts night even though I had only gotten about 4 hours of sleep the night before. I finally took a sleeping pill around 1 am and was able to go to sleep. Had more strange dreams, but can't really remember much about them. Hiker woke me at 6 am as usual to let her outside. When she came back in, I went back to bed intending to get up at 7 am to take her for a walk, but I fell asleep and didn't wake up until 7:40. So I got up and we went for that walk before I did anything else. Came home and did a load of laundry and vacuumed. At least I got some exercise today. Tomorrow (September 9) is Ben's birthday. He would have been 63 years old this year.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another Lazy Day

I am really not liking me for letting myself become so lazy in the past few months. I don't know if it is the heat or what, but I just cannot make myself get up in the morning. When I was working, I used to get up at 4:30 am because I had a 40 mile commute to work. After I retired, Ben and I still go up fairly early because Ben was still working three day a week. We would never stay in bed past 7 am. When Ben passed away, my sleeping habits started changing so much. At first I could not sleep and then I would sleep too much. My sleeping habits finally settled down and I was doing really good. I'd go to bed at 9 pm, watch TV in bed until 10 pm and then go to sleep. I would get up sometime between 6 and 7 am and take Hiker out for walks. I still get up at 6 am on the days I have dog walks planned with Jean, but it's getting harder and harder. Maybe when Fall gets here and the weather gets a little cooler, I'll get back to my old ways. It was already 90° around 11 am when the gardener and his son showed up to mow my lawn. I feel sorry for them in this heat. I don't know why...maybe it's the heat, but my milk has been going bad several days before it's “sell by” date. I had to throw out almost a half gallon of milk this morning because it had soured. I was having more strange dreams this morning before I woke up. One of them had Ben in it again. This time he actual spoke in the dream, but I don't know if in the dream he was supposed to be dead or not. In my other dreams of him, I know he's dead but he is with me in the dream. Anyway, in this dream, I noticed that he had tattoos on his arms. Ben hated tattoos and I asked him why he had them. He got angry with me and just said “leave me alone”. Then I was in a different dream. I was at some kind of party (like Tupperware or something like that). I remember seeing two or three Lockheed friends there. I had parked my car in a parking lot in a shopping center. I hadn't seen the “10 minute parking only” signs and when I came out, my car had been towed away. I was trying to find out where it had been towed too and I didn't know what to do, then I woke up.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Here Comes Another Weekend

Well I don't know what was wrong with me last night, but I could not go to sleep. I was awake until after 3 am. I tossed and turned so much that Hiker got out of bed and went into the other room so she could get some sleep. She did come back in early this morning though for me to let her outside to potty and then she got back in bed with me and I fell back to sleep. Around 8 am, she got up in my face and started kissing me and pushing me with her nose. When I tried to ignore her, she would make funny little noises or bark and she would also take my hand or arm into her mouth like she was trying to “pull” me out of bed. I finally gave in around 8:20 and got up. She went into the living room, got up on the sofa, rolled over onto her back with her belly and feet in the air and went to sleep. Thanks for making me get up Hiker, just so you could go back to sleep (LOL). I headed over to Wal-Mart to pick up a couple of things that I needed. I got home just before 10 am and it was already 85° outside, so it was too hot to take a walk. I see that we no more than get CBS back on our Time Warner line-up and then the boring tennis match comes on and pre-empts all of my other shows.

I am including the link for this month's "The Mighty Oak". My article is on Page 5.

The Mighty Oak

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Boring Day

Slept in again this morning and this morning we didn't even attempt to go for a morning walk. It is just way too hot. So just decided to do absolutely nothing today...again. Got a call from my brother Keith. His contractual work is supposed to end tomorrow and he's hoping that the company hires him back full time, but he has not heard anything yet, so he wanted to plan a tentative visit with me and Hiker for next week. Would be nice if it would cool down by then so Keith, Hiker and I could do some hiking.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Will This Heat Ever End?

Hiker and I slept in some today and then got up and went for a morning walk. It was already about 79° at 8:15 am when we headed out the door. We were lazy the rest of the day as it was 102° outside. At least it was not as humid as it has been for the past few days. For my Lockheed friends, thought I'd mention that Karren Meggitt called me from Idaho last night. She and Wally have been traveling in their 5th wheel and they were heading to Karren's sister's house in Coeur d'Alene, ID and stopped by Karren's niece just before arriving in Coeur d'Alene. Wally had been feeling sick so Karren's niece who is a nurse looked at him and took him to the ER at the hospital where she works. The discovered that Wally had suffered a minor heart attack and they have diagnosed him with congestive heart failure. They admitted him to the hospital and have been draining the fluid from his lungs and are running tests to make certain there has been no damage to the kidneys or liver. The cardiologist feels that he will recover and be just fine. His heart problem goes back to the days he was taking Phen Fen to lose weight many years ago. He has had heart problems ever since.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Just Got Home From Group

Yesterday while watching TV, I started feeling light headed. I took a motion sickness pill as I usually do whenever I have this feeling and it zonked me. I was trying to stay awake last night to watch “Under The Dome”. I almost made it. Got about 5 minutes into it and then feel totally asleep so now I will have to watch it either ON DEMAND or on Amazon Prime again this Friday. I was just looking at the calendar and noticed that it was exactly 45 years ago on this date (and day) that I walked into that office at Lockheed for the first time. I was 18 years old and scared to death. Worked there for 37+ years and have now been retired for 7+ years. Where did all of those years go? Had a pretty good group session today. The overweight lady didn't talk as much which we all thought was a good thing. We went to Red Robin for lunch. Got up to right around 100° here today.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Did Not Labor On Labor Day

Went for our regular dog walk with Jean this morning. It didn't feel quite as humid but was still hotter than it should be at 7 am. All I did all day was watch TV. Started to watch “The Waltons” marathon but I always cry too much when I watch that show, so changed over to watching the “Criminal Minds” marathon. Got up to 98° here.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hard To Believe That Tomorrow Is Labor Day Already

Slept in this morning. It was just too hot and sticky to get up and go for a walk. I let Hiker outside just before 6 am and it was 76° with 79% humidity. One thing I will say though, this humidity has made for a beautiful sky. Dark blue with huge white fluffy clouds. Great sunrises and sunsets. Had breakfast and went to get my lottery tickets. Left Hiker at home even though she was begging to go with me but it was way too hot to leave her in the car even if it would only be for 5 minutes. Came home and did a little bit of housework to get it out of the way and did my laundry. Since I had a big breakfast this morning, I skipped lunch and Hiker just about had a fit. She is so used to my routine that when I don't do something she thinks I'm supposed to do, she paces and barks at me. Since Time Warner offered me a free movie, I decided to watch “Olympus Has Fallen” and it was very good. If you don't like blood and guts, don't watch it. I decided to take her out for a ride in the car since I didn't take her with me this morning. We drove up to Canyon Country Park and walked around a little, but it was just too hot and muggy so we came back home. But at least it satisfied her because she got her car ride. She got up on the sofa a fell asleep when we got back home.