Hot, hot, hot

I remember the song “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil – it came out when we were living in New Zealand.  The lyrics are actually “Out where the river broke,  The blood wood and the desert oak, Holden wrecks and boiling diesels, Steam in forty five degrees” but to my ears it was “the western desert lives and breathes in 45 degrees”.  That phrase, although not correct, comes to mind a lot now that I live in a desert.  45C is actually  113F.  Guess what folks.  We have had TWO days this past week (including today) that exceeded that.  I HATE this dry, desert heat.  Walking out the door is awful – even at 6:30 in the morning you can feel the heat coming.  And although this condo has two form of cooling (a “swamp” cooler, aka evaporative air cooler, and a air conditioner) we could not get the temps inside below 84 today.

And when it’s this hot, who wants to go outside and play?  Not me certainly.  So, since I have my youngest home from university this summer, we turned our time in to creative play time.  We made candles today:


I have recently taken up candle making and really enjoy it.  I normally use soy wax which is white so the colors are not vibrant.  So we got some paraffin was and, for fun, some bees wax.  Now, the pink candle on the right and the little pink one in the little tin are soy candles.  Chelsea made these (pink is her favorite color) and she chose to scent them with jasmine.  Then she combined yellow and red and we ended up with a gorgeous ruby colored, unscented, candle (it’s the square one).  Behind the pink candle on the right is a brown candle – and the little round one to the left of the candle in the can – playing with getting “coffee” color right.  The odd shaped one to the far left is a really deep purple and it’s got a lilac scent (probably too dark for lilac, but what the heck).  The short and medium tall yellow ones are the bees wax candles.  The really tall yellow is paraffin – plumeria scented.  The really great thing about candles is that sometimes you get little surprised.   Like the tall yellow candle – see all the gorgeous “pattern” in it?  I have NO idea what we did to get that.  Now they all need a little polishing to clean them up, and the wicks trimmed, but aren’t they just gorgeous?

And to welcome her home in style, last weekend (before the temps got above 100) we had a feast with home-made pasta.


And tomorrow, it’s back to work…


My Mom just forwarded me a link to an amazing video on  Kseniya Simonova is a young Ukrainian sand artist and this video is her interpretation of Germany’s invastion and occupation of the Ukraine during WWII.  Judging from some of the audience reaction, it is a moving story — I know the art is incredible!

As I watched this I counted the many blessings I enjoy, and I think it’s a reminder of what this season is about…Peace, Love and Hope. (The video is a bit long, but very well worth it!)