What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”

The air is already thick with humidity. Nothing is moving. The leaves just sit there on the branches. Even the birds are quiet. This room, at the back of the house, is still cool and dark, but it won’t be by mid-afternoon. Today the house with the AC will be my refuge.

We are spoiled. Our expectations have changed. The house is too hot? Put in central air. It’s a pain to move the hoses around the yard and garden. Time for an irrigation system. You want dinner ASAP. Put it in the microwave. Don’t want to wait for the charcoal for the barbecue. Buy a gas grill. Go from the air-conditioned house to the air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned store.

I remember summers when I was young. They were filled with wanderings and woods and the swamp. Being sweaty and even a bit dirty were signs of a good time, of a day well spent. I was always so exhausted I fell asleep in the sweltering heat of my bedroom. Even my father hunting and killing mosquitoes with his rolled-up magazine woke me for no more than a minute or two even though he sometimes stood on my bed to reach the ceiling. That ceiling and all the others in the house had blots which represented another kill. My father was possessed.

I lived in Bolga. It was the hottest part of the country with the least amount of rain. I didn’t even have a fan. I went to bed still wet from my shower and slept through the hot night. Later, just before the rains when the humidity came, I moved outside and slept on my mattress in the back of the house. I saw a sky filled with a million stars. I always had no trouble falling asleep.

My bedroom on the third floor with the heat from the afternoon sun was so hot I couldn’t fall asleep so for most of the summer I slept downstairs on the couch with the back door opened. Later I splurged and bought a fan. One year I finally broke down and got a window air-conditioner for my bedroom. I tolerated the hot-house downstairs but luxuriated in the coolness of the bedroom where I easily fell asleep. Then I decided it made no sense to be hot and uncomfortable or to have to sit upstairs all afternoon so I went with central air.

It seems the older I get the more spoiled I become. I have to admit, though, I’m loving it.

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9 Comments on “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Much the same here until all hell broke loose in the way of a thunder storm. The lightning went out through my telephone jacket at the same time the bang came. One bang inside and one outside scared us all really well 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Ac in homes are very rare over here, we simply don’t need them that often, perhaps one or two weeks in summer, that’s it 🙂 But it has become pretty common in cars instead.

    I have the new puppy here at home now and I’ve realized my home isn’t puppy safe for one second 🙂 He’s a cocky little one and doesn’t care that he’s tiny even beside little Nova 🙂

    Thankfully all my dogs got silly happy when they met him for the first time 🙂 Now he’s eating something again so I better go and check what it is 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      You made me laugh with your last sentence. Keeping track of a puppy is a full time job. He’ll get into almost everything he shouldn’t.

      I’m so glad all the dogs are happy to have him. It will such a joy to watch him grow!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Too hot to do much of anything here today. I don’t have the AC in the window yet mostly because I’m too lazy to go down to the cellar and see if it still works. And it’s too hot to drag it upstairs and lift it into a window. If I get really hot, I’ll take a ride in the car somewhere. Probably to get ice cream. How’s that for lazy? 🙂
    I sometimes slept on the front porch in the summer. It was a bit bright because the street light was right across the street.
    The best thing was when we were allowed to sleep in the garage attic. There was an old 1940’s console radio up there and we would listen to it all night. The air smelled of dust, sun-warmed wood and old paper wasp nests. It’s still a smell I associate with summer.

    Enjoy the day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love your solution to being lazy. Ice cream solves so many problems! My favorite of late has been coconut with sea salt chocolate sauce (I just finished the last of it yesterday).

      We’d sleep in the backyard, and I have the smell of grass as my summer smell. I love yours!

      Stay cool-take lots of rides!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Welcome to Texas weather in the summer. It’s hot and very humid on the coast, dry and very hot on the high plains of west Texas and a combination of hot with dry alternating with hot and high humidity at times in north Texas.

    When we first moved to Texas in the early 50s central air conditioning was still not widely available in homes. We rented a two story apartment with an attic fan in the upstairs hallway. My father installed a window unit downstairs in the dinning room and we all slept on the floor in the living room during the hottest nights. My mother hanged up bed sheets in the stairs to keep the cold air downstairs. When we moved into our house my father had central air installed after we moved into the house.

    Today it’s hotter today in St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago then it was in Dallas.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      That’s a great reason not to live in Texas except maybe February, March or April when I visited San Antonio-weather was great.

      My father followed your mother and hung up a sheet between the dining room and the living room where the window air conditioner was. Each of my parents’ bedroom had air conditioners in the windows. None of us ever thought of central air until we were getting the house ready to sell.

      Unbelievable the weird weather we’ve been having after such a warm winter.


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