Mother nature put on a show for us yesterday, thunder, lighting and rain.  I hope this will cool off the temperatures a little.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tells use the world wide temperatures for March, April, May and June were the hottest on record, and I will guess July will also break the record.

If it stays hot I can always cool off with some Bacon Corn Dog Ice Cream.

What is your favorite ice cream flavors?

From the Christian Science Monitor’s Pictures of the Day for Monday:

David Barber has what I think is one of the coolest jobs.  That’s some hat.


David Barber, the Queen’s Swan Marker, holds a swan during the annual Swan Upping ceremony on the River Thames between Shepperton and Windsor in England on Monday. Swans and cygnets are counted and examined during the ceremony. The five-day census of the swan population dates back to the twelfth century when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Today, the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but The Queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries.

Do you have a hat as cool as this guy’s? 


An Indonesian Muslim woman checks her laptop after an afternoon prayer at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday. People in the world’s most populous Muslim nation have been facing Africa, not Mecca, while praying. Indonesia’s highest Islamic body acknowledged Monday it made a mistake when issuing an edict in March saying the holy city in Saudi Arabia was to the country’s west. It has since asked followers to shift direction slightly northward during their daily prayers.


A group of Santas and a reindeer from Japan gather in the Dyrehavsbakken amusement park, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday for the 52nd World Santa Claus Congress, or Bakken. The congress is held every summer and attracts as many as 200 Santas and Elves in addition to thousands of visitors.

A couple of new songs I found on iTunes Monday:

Darius Rucker – “Come Back Song”

Flowering Inferno – Dub y Guaguanco