Wow! We have had quite a heat wave. It was very unusual for June, but you have to take what you get. I'm hoping that our worst heat is over for the summer, but July and August can be brutal. Let's hope we get some relief in those two months.

Wow! We have had quite a heat wave. It was very unusual for June, but you have to take what you get. I'm hoping that our worst heat is over for the summer, but July and August can be brutal. Let's hope we get some relief in those two months.
I read an article that said the Arctic Ocean is almost totally ice-covered. I'm sure the global warming crowd is unhappy about that story. The information came from an Arctic research institution based in Denmark. But the global warming experts won't be happy until they are proven right. When they are right, coastal cities such as Miami, Fla., New York City and others will be flooded and dragged out to sea. There will be no more snow in such places as New England and a dozen other bad predictions will come true.
As in most cases, time will tell.
We had quite a storm last week. At about 4:45 p.m., we lost our electricity and were without it for almost four hours. By the actions of the Empire Electric trucks in the neighborhood, there seemed to be multiple causes.
At 5 p.m., the world is usually still very much lit up around here. It doesn't get dark until around 9, but that day, it was dark and stormy and with no lights in the house, we resorted to candles and a battery-operated lantern. For some reason, we have a great abundance of candles at our house. We have tall candles, short candles, fat candles, slim candles, decorative and scented candles. We made good use of about four of them that afternoon.
It seems that one of the major problems that day was a tree on our street. After about 3 hours, an Empire truck and two men arrived and cranked up the chainsaw. They cut on this giant tree for at least a half hour, probably longer. Finally they finished and drove away. About five minutes later, we had power.
Being without electricity is frustrating. I had some writing to do and since I write on my Mac computer, I could only twiddle my thumbs. Once the clouds moved on and we still had daylight, Russell went out on the deck and read. I sat by a window and did crossword puzzles.
I have to admit, the house was very quiet. No motors were running on fans, air conditioners, or refrigerators; no television or radio and no ringing telephones. That part was great.
I often worry about our nation's power grid if something should shut it down. Just think of all the chaos that would occur and how long, if ever, it would take to bring it back. I'm afraid millions of lives would be lost. Our economic, manufacturing, educational, health and other segments of our lives would be lost for who knows how long.
There are people who want to confine our energy fuel to a limited number of sources. But I'm not one for putting all my eggs in one basket.


Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.