Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

After being sick overnight and almost completely non-useful for days, I relented and mounted the air-conditioner in our bedroom/craftroom. I’ve been managing for several months now by using a spray bottle with water. It’s very effective when you are in front of a fan. At work I use gel hand sanitizer. I rub it on my face and neck and when it evaporates I get a few seconds of cool. It’s a terrible thing health wise, but when the headaches start, I can make it through the end of my shift.
The a’c at work is failing, so by the time I get home I am good for nothing. I tried napping after work with the hope of getting up in the cool of the night to get work done, but it hasn’t really cooled down at night, and it has been too hot to sleep well. Around 3am I finally fall into a good sleep, so I am not ready to be up and at ’em at 5.
Intellectually awful about using the a/c, but from here I can accomplish many tasks, and make forays out into the rest of the house to do tasks there. By alternating between the hot parts of the house and this room, I can keep the a/c running pretty low and still feel like there is quite a bit of releif.
So far today I have cleaned the dining and living rooms and the floors downstairs, cleaned the bathroom, gathered laundry, hauled this a/c unit upstairs and installed it, and of course walked the dog numerous times. In a few minutes I will start with the cleaning and sorting in these rooms, then perhaps a nap before starting on a sewing project.
It might make my weekend productive enough to make up for the lack of initiative during the week. So far the only thing I have excelled at is watering the garden (and myself), and plating in the lake with my granddaughter. To be honest, without her, it is too much effort to make it the few blocks to the lake, or even to make it upstairs to change.
Hopefully the storms from the midwest will finally make their way through and knock this heat out. Though that is only expected to work for a day or two and then back up into the 90’s again. The biggest problem we have had is consistent humidity. Though we have not had much rain, the moisture in the air has been so heavy, that any temperatures approaching 80 or mor have been exhausting.
I shouldn’t complain though. We have not had days and weeks of 100 degree temperatures, no official drought, and no wildfires. The fact that we have been living with this since spring has me very concerned for what it will be like for the rest of my life, and of course the lives of my children and grandchildren. They say that even if we stop our carbon loading of the atmosphere, right now, it will continue to get hotter for many years, and I don’t see us stopping anytime soon.

Hell – even I just caved to the a/c monster.

By Ana Grarian

50+ hippy chick from NY - STATE - and yes, I'm sensitive about that.

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Ken Carman
11 years ago

Yesterday I performed in Old Forge and had to be on the concrete triangle at 1: high peak with the sun a blazing. Felt like Hell after that and couldn’t hydrate. Woke up at 2am and tried to do the laptop and passed out.

No chance of AC.

Long way of saying: “I understand.”

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