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Jul 28, 2009

I'M MELTING

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Oh I know we are just wimps here, I know. But dang it is hot. Those of us on the southern west coast of British Columbia are not used to the temperature being in the 90's.UPDATE: WE ARE NOW AT 102 DEGREES WITH THE HUMIDEX RATING SAYING IT WILL FEEL THE EQUIVALENT OF 112 DEGREES. Most of us don't even have air conditioning in our homes. We have never needed it before. Oh maybe we would have a day or so of really hot weather but not for days on end. A more comfortable temperature of about 75-80 degrees is what we like.

When you are not used to it the heat can be almost unbearable. Even my basement isn't cool anymore. It is bad enough during the day but the nights are not cooling down either. That is a whole new set of issues here. We have a ceiling fan in the bedroom. I am 5 feet tall and can't reach the chains. I have to climb into the middle of the bed and reach up to turn the light part on or off. It is even hotter the higher up you go so my head at that point feels like I have stuck it into the oven. The wall switch controls the power to it but you still have to choose what parts are running. The fan, the lights, the fan and the lights, reverse the fan direction.

Once I have the light off but the fan spinning it is time for phase two... the window fan. Just a small one but really powerful. Trouble is my windows were all retro fitted some time ago with double paned windows so I really have very little window sill left. Out comes two cans of smoked oysters which when stacked together are the perfect height to hold up the front of the fan keeping it on the sill. Note to my guests...don't eat the smoked oysters at my house, they have been sitting in the sun for days.

Now I don't sleep with a closed door. I am kinda claustrophobic not to mention I am trying to get an air flow happening here. We still have a son at home. Do you think he will need a retina transplant after walking down the hall to his room pass my open door with me sprawled across the middle of the bed pretty much starkers? Will that sight be permanently etched into his brain and psyche? Is this the push needed to have him move out?

Now I have been sticking my head under the shower spray to cool down. Eating watermelon icy cold from the fridge. None of it works for more that 5 minutes. How do you southerners do it? Besides the A.C. how do you stay cool? Help me here. My husband is at the cabin and they go into the river and lower their body temperatures in the cool, cool water. What about me? What should I do?

I have a full bucket of margaritas in the freezer but I think the alcohol will just make me warmer won't it? I may have to test that theory out tonight. My son is too old to call CPS.

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6 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

I feel your pain, I really do. Alcohol does dehydrate you, but at least you can forget how hot you are lol. We have now had I think 40 days over 100 degrees - the average for us is 12 and not in a row. And we're not even into our hottest time of the year, which is August, first part of September. But the worst part, no rain. We are 22 inches behind for the year, and we only get 28 per year. Feel any better? Hope you get some relief soon. Kathy

Tamara Jansen said...

Hey, I've got The Holy Bible propping up the fan that is precariously perched in my bathroom window! Does that beat your oysters?!

Blondie's Journal said...

Lori,

I am laughing but I feel so bad for you!! For once, Chicago is having weather I can enjoy. But from experience I can tell you that if you stay completely motionless, preferably on your comfy bed, you may get some relief. Just don't move. I sort of like doing this, no matter the weather!

xoxo
Jane

lindalee said...

I think Cleveland and B.C. switched summer weather this year. Now, I'm not used to it and am dying here at 89....but it will be back down in the 60's tonight and only in the 70's tomorrow. I feel your pain....but I DO have air conditioning.....just in case.

Joanne said...

Ohhhh LORI - I feel your pain -- all too well!!!!! I know we get a couple of degrees difference but dang it -- I HATE THIS!! At least all our chirupy weather girls have stopped saying "get out and enjoy this lovely sunny weather"!!!
Back to doing nothing -- we are sleeping downstairs -- I am counting my blessings that my son doesn't live here this summer I would be in the same situation as you.

Melting back in front of my fan.

Lynn said...

Lie on the floor naked.
Pour the slushy margaritas all over you
Roll about for even coverage.
Fall asleep.

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