As everyone who lives in the northeast and lots of other places across the country, we are in the grip of a major heat wave. The temperatures here for the last few days have been hovering around the triple digits. We don't usually need air conditioning because our house is surrounded by large shady trees. Yesterday and today A/C was a necessity if we wanted to be able to catch a breath. Our air conditioner is a small one and only is effective in two rooms. Right now those rooms are the kitchen and Zip's flytying and guitar playing area.
I moved one of my sewing machines to the kitchen table so I could at least do some work. I haven't been very productive because even with the A/C it's not exactly COOL! Just barely bearable!
I do not like the having to close all the windows and doors. It makes me feel closed in. In summer I LIKE all the windows open with the breeze blowing. I remember as a child, Mom and Dad did the 'closing of the house' thing with all the windows closed at a certain early time in the morning to conserve the little bit of coolness from the night. All the curtains and window blinds were pulled shut to keep out the sun. We sat around in stifling darkness every summer afternoon. Then late in the evening, the house could be opened up again. It used to drive me bonkers!
I was so thankful this afternoon when a small front of cooler air went through and we could turn off the A/C and open up the house. The kitties loved it too. One of their favorite places is on the windowsills.
They did attempt to find their own cooler spots during the hottest part of the day.
Some cornhusks right out of the fridge are a cooling treat for Deiter and Izzy.
Reggie likes to lay on the cool metal of the woodstove.
Mom and Tippy have the fan and a book on CD to enjoy while hooking. In fact, hooking is all I've wanted to do while sitting and sweating. My sheep is now done except for finishing the edge. Picture next time.
Deiter finds the porcelain bathroom basin to be a nice cool bed.
I never thought I would hear this from Zip who HATES the cold. But today he said at least with cold you can put on a sweatshirt, wrap up in a blanket or throw another log on the fire. With the heat, you just can't get away from it.
I want to show you a picture of one of my young willow trees. Two years ago this tree was a little stick in a bucket of dirt, given to my by my friend Dottie. In just two years it's taller than Zip.They are so beautiful! And grow so fast. A all it takes to start one is a small branch from another willow tree.
Hope you are keeping cool!