Most July 4ths in this part of the steamy Deep South are unfit for patio dwelling. We typically hasten indoors as soon as the grilling is done, if we even have the nerve to stick out the heat and humidity long enough to grill.

So when I came out this morning with the first cup and felt the freshness of this rare northerly breeze that’s hung around all week, I realized this is a patio-dwellers’ mid-summer paradise. It’ll balm up by midday, but still, relative to this part of creation, today is summer heaven. The pleasant pattern won’t last much beyond today, either, and considering we may not feel so fresh until mid or late September, I have chosen to covet this day in the great back yard outdoors. Here’s to the freedom to relax, refresh, and enjoy!

The dog daze of summer is on hold: freedom (briefly) from the tyranny of Gulf Coast heat and humidity.

The dog daze of summer is on hold: freedom (briefly) from the tyranny of Gulf Coast heat and humidity.

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