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Summer officially arrived on Monday but summer’s oppressive heat had come a week earlier. Temperatures in the 90’s and heat indexes in the triple digits made the paint job Jim and grandson A. J. were doing in Hiwasse most disagreeable. They just had to take frequent breaks and drink lots of liquids. The Queen Anne’s lace in the nearby field is flourishing despite the heat, the creamy hydrangeas are still blooming and the rose of Sharon beside the old building has begun to blossom. Blackberries in the fencerow have started to ripen and I’ve picked a few to top my morning cereal. We began the week with a nice rain Monday which watered the garden and helped cool the air. I’d left my car windows down Sunday, so had to take a towel to soak up moisture in the seat but that was a minor inconvenience. Tuesday was cloudy and threatening showers but Jim went to Hiwasse and trimmed trees and brush around a house he was preparing to paint. Niece Laura and her son Austin came in Wednesday morning and visited until her dad

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Opinion, Pages 4 on 06/23/2010

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