We’re getting into the hot part of the summer, and since we don’t have air conditioning, it’s the season of the extremely hot house. I have to say though, that it’s a lot more tolerable than it was at this time last year, I think because of the new windows, and the new vents and insulation in the attic.
It was so hot last night, though, and I didn’t feel like cooking at all, so GG and I went to the mall for dinner (and ice cream!), and wandered around there to kill some time in the air conditioning before heading back home. By then it had cooled off a little in the house, and also it was pretty breezy out, so I had the windows wide open for some air, too.
We moved in I believe the first full week of June last year, and I remember the first Friday night I was there, GG was away at a show, I’d fallen asleep on the sofa in the afternoon, and when I woke up, I was just so hot I felt sick. I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I got in the car and drove to the shopping center a couple miles down the road and ended up wandering around the supermarket. I think I ended up getting a jar of applesauce? (And I don’t even really like apple sauce!) Then I sat on a bench outside for a while and talked on the phone to my grandmother.
Another night last summer, while we were in the middle of getting the windows installed, was also horrible. We’d put in the air conditioners by that point, but because we were getting the windows done, we had to take the ACs out. So it was very very very hot. I ended up spending the night at my grandmother’s house, sleeping on the sofa in the family room. It was probably the best night’s sleep I had all summer.
I feel especially bad for the kitties. GG mentioned how cats like to sit by warm fireplaces, which is true, but then they regulate their temperature by getting up and moving somewhere else when they get too hot there. If the entire house is hot, they can’t really go anywhere. They’re managing to keep themselves pretty cool so far, though. They’re laying out on the cooler tiled floors in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room, and I noticed that they find the spots with the best cross-breeze (like the upstairs hallway). Also, they seem to like to sleep under things when it’s hot, like under tables? Well, Ivan is usually under a table, but now Katrina is, too. Our ice maker hasn’t been hooked up since last summer (it was leaking into the basement, and we haven’t fixed it yet), and I don’t have any ice cube trays, but I wanted to make some ice to put in the cats’ water, so I used a silicone muffin pan, which actually works pretty well. They were confused by the ice muffin, but hopefully it will encourage them to drink more? If it gets really hot, I’ll try wiping them down with a washcloth soaked in cool water.
[Edit – 3:28 PM] Verizon DSL update: The wireless router we received last week had a broken antenna. At first I thought that’s how it was supposed to be, but then I realized it was missing a piece of plastic, and the antenna just sort of flopped around. I also think that was affecting its wireless signal strength, because GG’s computer just in the next room was picking up a “very weak” signal. So I was on the phone for about 45 minutes yesterday with Verizon, getting transferred to different departments, talking to probably several people in India, and at one point I was transferred to an internal number (where I was told that “customers should never ever call this line!” – sorry dude, I was transferred there!). Eventually, I talked to someone who said that yes, of course we are entitled to a new router. It arrived today. Less than 24 hours after I called. I don’t know whether to love them or hate them. [/Edit]