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#WQWWC #29: Heat

Last week we switched from health and wellness to seasonal interests. Today we are going to tackle one of the characteristics of summer. However, heat can have many more connotations that the weather.

The list of definitions of the word heat would reach to the end of this post without any quotes. Here’s a start

  • warmth
  • passion
  • height of stress (battle)
  • a game ( played in heats)
  • pungency of flavor
  • intense law-enforcement activity
  • pressure, coercion
  • abuse, criticism

Hunting Hot Stories

Remember you can write whatever temperature your audience can handle, but I’ll only post links to responses that are appropriate for a g-rated audience. See what you can do with heat and quotes.

Some Quotes to Get You Started

Guy Fieri might be able to prime your story pump with a pungent grilling recipe. Or just mention his name. I got 10,000 hits on Facebook when I merely mentioned his name describing our local Woodlake Drive In that has the best hamburgers in the world.

There are two different things: there’s grilling, and there’s barbecue. Grilling is when people say, ‘We’re going to turn up the heat, make it really hot and sear a steak, sear a burger, cook a chicken.’ Barbecue is going low and slow.

Guy Fieri
Long lines did not mean a long wait.

Maybe you want to talk about the process of writing or building something when you get a hot idea.

I’m like a crockpot on low heat. My mind constantly comes up with ideas, but I abandon a lot of them after a week or two. It’s the ones that keep coming to me, that keep picking up flavors, that haunt me, those are the ones that wind up getting written.

Laura Amy Schlitz

Maybe you have a hot adventure story tinged with a bit of humor to share!

You can’t have your kayak and heat it.

Denis Norden
kayaking on the Banana River in FL

Remember your worst vacation ever? This is the time to tell that story.

The crowd loves a record, and if they’re gonna be standing out there in crazy, blistering heat on the 4th of July, I mean, if they’re doing it, I may as well try and give them a record.

Joey Chestnut

Do you have some hot tips for us? Using at least one quote to get you started, here is your chance to blast us with a ton of tips.

Some people seem to think their oven self-cleans, but you need to clean it to stop things getting blocked up so you get a good rotation of air and heat inside. Get a probe to test the oven is reaching what it says it’s reaching to.

Paul Hollywood

Do you have a story from your childhood before there were air conditioners everywhere? What? You’ve never lived without air conditioners? Ever gotten into a hot car with leather seats? Ouch.

“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.”

Walter Winchell
Prescott Car Show – hot seat

Speaking of air conditioners I have the mother of all air conditioner stories.

“I’m in a relationship with my air conditioner.”


Have you ever picked the wrong day to go on a hike in the mountains and gotten a little hot under the collar?

“I was used to heat but this place was so dry the trees were bribing the dogs.”

Irvine Welsh

The heat of passion can make you do many things. One of the more productive is finding your life’s work. The other, of course, is finding your life’s companion.

“You should enjoy your work, so pursue something you find interesting, and if you work hard at it, it will turn into a passion.”

Cary Bergeron

My Hot Story

Kittens sleeping on an ice pack in 2018 before COVID
COVID summer heat
baking in summer fires
AC broken down

hundred ten outside
breathing flakes - orange-brown ash
frantic for cool air

cats sprawled by air vents
clogged, cooling breezes
lockdown - go inside

closed windows and doors
stifled movements - lie around
drinking cold fluids

burning days

#WQWWC Community Contributions

Thank you to each of you for your amazing stories, thoughts, poems and, of course, quotes. Have a wonderful week


Cee Neuner and I want to announce a new photo challenge we will co-host starting this Friday. More details tomorrow!

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  1. Hi Marsha, thanks for linking! I like the theme for this week, I have some idea of what I’ll write about! A new challenge! Can’t wait to see what is it about! Have a great day!

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  2. These were so great Marsha!!! A few of them I had found too and thought of using. I laughed at the AC one. I loved your take on them….I LOVE watching Guy Fieri…all his shows are awesome. How fun to have a burger place that he visited.

    When we lived in our first home we didn’t have AC…we were there for quite a few years and then moved in with an older gal while we worked on building our house. It turned out to be one of the hottest summers. Some friends posted on FB asking what everyone was doing to beat the heat and I said “moved in with someone who has AC”. We had fans in our other house and at times would even get a cooler with blocks of ice to put in front of the fans. lol.

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    • Wow, Kirstin. Our first house in CA did NOT have air conditioning. It had a ceiling water cooler that blasted out humid air just as you came out of the bathroom or bedroom into the hall. So forget neat-looking hair. On top of that, my car did not have air conditioning either. I usually arrived at work in the summer, looking used, spent, washed up on the beach. It was not a pretty look, but somehow we survived that first and second year in the heart of the heat of California. Now, I’m off to read your post. 🙂


  3. Love this, Marsha, and the humorous quotes! Those are quite the find! My two favorites were the one when the chair gets up when you do (been there done that, LOL) and the trees bribing the dogs–hilarious!!! Those kitties are adorable. Oh, the heat–have you seen the temps in central California this week? 111 in Sacramento. I don’t miss it and Hans used to work in that stuff! Monday night we had thunderstorms complete with lightning and thunder–nature put on a show then rained for hours–hooray!! Perfect timing for the prompt and I’m getting ready with mine as it works perfectly with SS theme sunrise/sunset in time for the solstice!

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    • Oh that’s awesome. I just took some pretty nice pictures of sunsets that I squared for the next round of Squares. I’ll post the originals in your SS. Can’t wait! Missed you this week. We all were busy. I’m talking to Cee soon about our first ever Photo Challenge PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge.) You’ll have tons of good pictures for that one! 🙂

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  4. Loved the quotes and the ideas, Marsha. Summer has turned up the heat and now this challenge. The picture of the kittens was my favourite, it speaks louder than all the words put together and the cute factor is unmissable.

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    • Thanks so much Sheetal. Nutters hasn’t changed a bit in three years, only he’s asleep on the bed in an air conditioned house and not on a cooling pad. 🙂

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  5. Thank you for the mention. I love your entry. This is my favourite of all the quotes –

    I’m like a crockpot on low heat. My mind constantly comes up with ideas, but I abandon a lot of them after a week or two. It’s the ones that keep coming to me, that keep picking up flavors, that haunt me, those are the ones that wind up getting written.

    Laura Amy Schlitz

    I relate to this, I often have several ideas simmering away. KL ❤

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  6. hot reminds me of summer, my favorite time of the year. I like the hot pink interior of that car and the wonderful imagery in your poem. 10,000 hits? that is quite impressive!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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