Well, it's arrived.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The time of Cave-Like Living.
Yesterday the temperature reached a toasty 107 degrees.
But it's a dry heat, so it really only felt like 107.
According to weather records on June 16, 1990, when the record high was 117 degrees, yesterday was down-right chilly.
I still lived here in 1990, why don't I remember that?
Anyway, when the weather starts to turn up in the Wild, Wild, West we all start doing little "desert dances". Yesterday I remembered several things that I always tend to forget during the winter month. (Yes. One. Month.)
1. Never walk to the mail box with out shoes. It's like walking over hot coals. That are actually on fire.
2. Never forget to put your sun shade up in your car. Our else your steering wheel (and seat) will feel like hot coals. That are actually on fire.
When your feet, hands and backside, are all burning, life is not pleasant.
3. Always, always, always look for shade while doing anything outside. In this town gasoline and shade are the two most expensive commodities. Gasoline we will just pay for, but shade? If we are hot enough, we may fight you for it!
OK, there are others on the list, but it's early and I have only had one cup of coffee (yet) this morning.
So, what was I writing about? Oh yeah, Cave-Like-Living.
One of the positive things about living in this place in the world is that the sun DOES shine year round. I love natural light, and I love to have my blinds open all the time. As a matter of fact I would keep them open all the time, and never ever close them, because I don't like to feel like I live in a cave. But The Mister doesn't like them to be open at night...something about feeling like he lives in a fish bowl.
This time of year, keeping the heat out and the cool in is practically a full time job. Actually, its like a well timed dance, requiring what I call the Keeping it Cool in the Cave Choreography. It goes like this:
5:30a: Get up.
5:31a: Get coffee.
5:32a: Go open all the blinds (we have eleven windows in the common area of our house.)
5: 33(ish): Try not to spill coffee while opening blinds.
7:00a: Close the blinds to the East. Sun is rising. Makes front of house hot.
8:30a: Open east blinds a bit. Just enough to let some light in, not
enough for heat.
1:30p: Close west blinds in dining area.
2:30p: Close blinds on patio door.
3:00p: Close west window in family room.
3:00-7:00p: Open all blinds to west side of house. Close blinds to east of house (we don't want neighborhood peepers.)
8:30 (ish): Close all blinds that remain open.
Go to bed. Wake up. Start Again.
Yes, desert dwelling is good, but not everything is sunshine and light.
Sometimes it's Cave-Like Living.
La Vida Dulce!
PS: I am not really complaining as much as dredging up something to blog about. My heart and prayers go out to those of you who are living in water-logged parts of the country.
Posted by Kellie A at 9:26 AM