We are in the middle of what is turning out to be an almost week-long heat wave here in New Hampshire (and many other places I’m sure). It’s not something we’re used to. Those that are hating it probably have me to thank. About a week ago, I was still complaining that it was too cool, I had to wear sweatshirts in the morning when walking Luke. I wanted it to be warmer, more summer-like. I guess that falls under “be careful what you wish for”. Boy, did it get warmer – with temperatures in the 90’s and high humidity. I’m trying really hard not to complain.
How Hot Is It?
- It’s so hot, Luke has given up sleeping in his favorite comfy places like his chair, the couch, or his dog beds.
- We’ve been taking our walks in the morning before it gets too hot, and luckily we walk in the woods out of the sun for a good part of our walks. We’ve been walking in the mornings anyway, so we didn’t have to adjust our routines at least.
- It’s so hot, even the birds are panting! Some days we have to give them fresh, cool water twice per day. If the water is still clean, I’ll just add some ice cubes to it.
- It’s so hot, I’ve been shopping online for air conditioners. Believe it or not, we don’t have one. Our house can stay pretty cool, and since we’ve moved here we’ve had very few days that were really uncomfortable. I don’t like air conditioners. I don’t like closing up my house in the summer. All winter we are stuck in the stale air, and I want fresh air! I want to be able to hear the birds singing outside, and our guinea hens squawking. But we’ve been forced to close up the house anyway to keep it as cool as possible, close the blinds to block the sun, and run the noisy fans. I’ll tell you though, as soon as we hit that sweet spot in the evening, when the temperature outside gets cooler than inside? I can’t get the windows open fast enough, and they stay open all night as long as it’s not going to rain (and sometimes I can’t even wait that long).
But the weatherman said that while this current heat wave will end on Friday and we’ll have a beautiful weekend, the heat will be back next week. Even I have my limits. One day I was trying to do bookkeeping work. There was a nice breeze outside but if I opened the windows, it blew my papers around. If I put the fan on, same thing. I was SO HOT my papers kept sticking to me, and that was when I finally broke down and complained!
Why am I shopping online and not rushing to the store? You’d be silly to try to find an air conditioner in the middle of a heat wave at any stores around here! You’d think everyone else would have one by now, but apparently they don’t. Either that, or the stores don’t stock enough because they don’t really expect the summer to be this hot!
Why not photos of our cat Sam coping with the heat? That silly girl is still sleeping upstairs where it’s hot, keeping an eye on those eggs. I told her she didn’t have to, but she still mostly comes downstairs just to eat!
Anyway, we’ll make the best of it, and maybe we won’t end up with that air conditioner. At least we have fans, and the end of the house where our bedroom is stays cooler so sleeping has been comfortable. That’s what we’re thankful for today – being able to get a good night’s sleep in spite of a heat wave, without an air conditioner!
Is it hot where you are? How do you and your pets cope?
Thank you to our friends at Brian’s Home for hosting the Thankful Thursday blog hop! Please visit other blogs through the links below.