This weekend in the Puget Sound we have experienced record-breaking high temperatures. Usually the bottom level of our 2 story house stays pretty cool. The heat rises and only on the hottest day of the year (usually one or two) it is uncomfortable in the house. The sundown brings in this lovely cool air – and with fans in every upstairs window we have cool air to sleep. And if you don’t have anything to do during the day – don’t have to move around much – then it’s bearable.
But…not this weekend.
Recently we decided to rent our home by the end of the summer and to do so meant throwing an open house. Right in the middle of the heat wave. This meant cleaning, packing boxes of books off of bookshelves, (to sell furniture) getting each room “open house” ready, packing up personal belongings and pictures on walls, patching holes etc.. Yes we are insane. Most sane people in their right mind just go somewhere else to wait out the heat – not us. We clean like two fools and have strangers walking through our home. We planned this. And we have sweat pouring down – glistening on our faces. Every fan on in the house with the windows closed. Priceless.
I know that this is one of those events that we will always remember. Like so many we have experienced over the years – the more painful, the better the story. We don’t ask for “drama” – live quiet, unassuming lives – and yet – we seem to always get the good stories.
I’m starting to believe that we are so boring – (even our pups thinks we are) we need something drastic and radical to shake us up out of our slumber and complacency! Nothing like a heat wave and no air conditioning to do just that! It will be just our luck to get ready to move in another record-breaking heat wave at the end of the summer. I can just imagine have a moving sale and trying to move furniture in this same heat.
If we end up living somewhere really warm – please let there be air conditioning. I need less drama. I need to be able to think straight.
Years ago we lived without air conditioning in triple digit heat, while I was pregnant with our daughter. We lived in New Castle, PA and they were having record-breaking heat that summer. But like any self-respecting woman – I didn’t sweat – I glistened and glowed. (I still do) And before children we lived a couple of years in Alaska. One year in Fairbanks where they were having some really cold weather. Dark and cold most of the winter. I froze, my toes hurt, my nose and fingers were numb most of the time. Good times.
We seem to always live where the extremes happen.
Again we do not ask for this – it just always seems to happen to us 🙂 The Absurd to the Ridiculous.
But we have not lost our sense of humor. Yet.
- Heat Wave Safety for Outdoor Survival in High Ambient Temperatures – Viewpoints of an Arizona Air Conditioning Service Center (prweb.com)
- How To Stay Safe And Cool During A Heat Wave (foxct.com)
- Oppressive heat wave to continue across West – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- The Heat is On (highonbike.wordpress.com)
- Record-Breaking Southwest Heat Wave Claims First Life (newsy.com)
- How to stay cool during a heat-wave (weather.aol.com)
- Not record-breaking, but this heat’ll linger (sfgate.com)