The local TV meteorologist announced yesterday that we’re on course to break the all-time record for hottest July in this part of Louisiana. I’ve lost count of the number of consecutive 95+ days since early in the month.

But are true patio dwellers deterred by ultra-heat index and humidity? Of course not. We made some physical improvements to the patio setting over the course of this summer, so we’re going to sweat right through the mug and yuk to get our dollars’ worth. The day before yesterday at the afternoon peak of the temp and humidity, for example, we grilled. And we haven’t missed a day of working out or riding bikes, almost always in the afternoon, after which we cool down under an oscillating fan that sweeps the patio to create some moving, refreshing air. (Well, admittedly, refreshing should be taken as relativey speaking.)

Even in the withering Deep South heat and humidity, our patio living area invites us out.

Even in the withering Deep South heat and humidity, our patio living area invites us out.

Yes, it’s grimy outside and we sweat profusely, but for such conditions, shorts and t-shirts were created. And there’s an upside to sweating: I think I read somewhere years ago that sweating helps eliminate bodily impurities. And the evening shower after we go in feels so much more refreshing than showers do in moderate seasons, because baths this time of the year really count for something.

So on we dwell in the great backyard outdoors, through dog daze and summer’s best shot at invoking misery. We’re tested, hardened, and confirmed patio dwellers.

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