For the past 6 days now, the heat has been rather unbearable to stand. Here in South Eastern PA the temp’s have been in the high 90’s. Even 1 or 2 days close to 100. The humidity is up in the 70’s. This is the 1st heat wave we’ve had this summer so far. I can take hot weather, but not as well as I used to years ago. It was even a bit tough to breath with the hot air. There has been some rain forecasted, but it never rained at all. The storms went either North or South of us. Grass is drying out & turning brown. Can’t do much outside at all. I go out and do something around the house, then go back inside for awhile to cool off. I feel for people that don’t have air-conditioning in their homes. It’s murder that way.

I can remember way back when I was so much younger. The house I lived in back in the early 50’s did not have any air-conditioning at all. Not many people did back then. My air was a open window and that didn’t help that much. At night when I went to bed, I don’t recall using any cover on the bed. Just too darn hot for that. It went on & on like that until the days would cool off.


While it was so hot those past 5 days or so, I’d do some of the things I wanted to get done before it got too un-bearable to stand. This is the Coal Tribute that I built to show where my Wife’s heritage comes from. The Coal itself was always there, but I improved it. I added the Landscaping stone and the Solar Lights. Working on it a little at a time in the morning, I finally finished it. I will add one more thing to it as soon as I get it made.


This image of a Coal Miners Pick Axe & Shovel can be seen up in the Coal Region area alot of times. It’s the symbol of what the early Miners used to work the Coal out of the Mine. I’m going to machine one of these out of weather proof wood, paint it like you see, and place it in the Tribute I showed above. It may take a bit, but it will be done. Like I had stated before, while Eileen was growing up in Minersville, PA she didn’t have much. She had alot less than me in Hamburg.

Thanks for stopping by.



Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

4 thoughts on “IT’S HOT HERE.

  1. The coal connection is interesting to me. I’m not much familiar with it or its history. I grew up in Tennessee and our fuel was electricity from TVA dams. I do remember my grandparents’ house in Illinois having a coal furnace and a whole room in the basement full of coal, so amazing to a small girl! My grandparents were happy to convert to electricity, no more getting up at night to feed the furnace. My dad used to tell me how that was his job growing up. I haven’t thought about this in years. Enjoyed your post and the earlier one about the memorial.

    1. Claudia – Thank you for your comment. Tennessee is a State that I used visit way back in the middle 50’s. It’s where I learned to love good Southern Cookin’. The Coal Region North of here has so much History to it. It’s where much of the Coal was taken out of the many Mines to power the Nation. Most of the Mines are long gone now, but their History is still there. My ole’ home had coal to give us heat, just like you. I still go up to that area on occasion to try & find out where things used to be. I have made a number of Posts about it in the past.

  2. You really have a nicely landscaped display there. I like how you ringed the area with the pavers. The solar lights make a passive statement about changes in our energy use in recent years. I’ll look forward to seeing it with that “one more thing” you describe.

    1. Thank you, John. The other thing I want to add to it is the Pick-axe & Miners shovel. Want to machine it out of weather proof wood and paint it. Weather proof wood is very expensive right now. Going to wait until prices might come down.

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