This has been a really hot summer. It’s been summer since May in my area. We have had way too many days over 100 degrees. Since I’m an inside person and not an outside person, it has been bearable, but the heat is getting me down. Yes, I’m drinking my water. Some days it doesn’t seem to help. And I really dislike when my head sweats.
My car doesn’t have an air conditioner in it. I bought it new in 1989 when I had to buy cheap just to have something to drive. It’s a hatchback that has been a wonderful car for me, but driving with the windows down in this weather doesn’t always make much difference. By the time I get home my eyelids are sweating. I really despise that.
People talked about the hot weather being perfect for extra bugs this year. That’s another thing I can’t stand. Happily, I guess they all fried before they got into my house. I’ve only seen a couple this year. Even the spiders have been scarce. There is always a silver lining. Of course our grass fried a long time ago. Our yard is the one that others point to as the example of what no one wants. You can’t have everything. They are encouraging water rationing for lawns, and why waste water on patches of dirt?
The thing about the hot weather is, my energy level stays at a constant level of ‘just barely moving’. On my days off, it seems all I want to do is doze off while I’m trying to do something on the computer, like this blog. Napping is allowed of course, it’s good for the elderly. Perhaps 62 can be described as elderly even though I don’t feel elderly. I feel tired, or achy, or the arthritis is acting up, but I don’t feel elderly. The brain still finds life interesting and exciting. Another example of that silver lining.
I need to remind myself to say thank you prayers for air conditioning. When the power in my block went out a couple of months ago, it lasted a couple of hours. As we kept removing articles of clothing, and tried not to move enough to disturb the pooling sweat, I was really reminded how much we love our air conditioning. Ours may not be the newest and most efficient and costs too much, but I’d hate to be without it. I’d never make it as a pioneer. I’m a born and bred city girl.
I’ve had a garden before, and loved watching the vegetables grow, but it’s too much trouble for me now. I’ve never been a hunter or fished for my supper. Meat comes in styrofoam trays ready to cook. Spices come in jars, not from the garden. Apples come in bags, not from trees. Juice comes in bottles. Who knew you had to squeeze a fruit? Raisins come in a box. Shriveled up grapes? Really?
And my favorite all-time necessity in the summer? Ice. You know, you put water in a tray, pop it in the freezer and in a couple of hours it magically transforms itself into really hard and cold lumps that keep my water or diet coke at the perfect temperature. Hmm…I guess I should be praying thank you for electricity. The most marvelous invention of modern man. It runs everything and provides everything. I’ll pray that our electricity is protected. I don’t think I could live without it.
- All About Ductless Air Conditioning (answers.com)
- Is There Such A Thing As An Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner? (thegoodhuman.com)
- Helpful Tips for Surviving Summer without Air Conditioning (rentersinsurance.com)
- 10 Air Conditioning Mistakes You’re Making (blackdoctor.org)
In Scotland we have had probably the wettest summer ever. Black skies almost every day. Shame we can’t share the weather out more evenly!