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

My hall is empty. The basket of laundry is only a memory. I finally bit the bullet and washed it yesterday. I didn’t realize how long it had been until I found my Christmas pajamas and socks on the bottom. It took two trips to carry it back upstairs.

When I was a kid, we didn’t even have a fan. My mother used to pull all the shades down to keep the house cool. I remember the living room was dark all summer. Upstairs, the bedrooms were hot, but I never had a problem falling asleep. I was usually exhausted from playing or bike riding all day.

Today is a bit cooler than it has been, 81˚. A breeze is coming from the window behind me keeping the den cool. Yesterday I lived in a closed house with the AC blasting.

I have no reason to be out and about today. My plans include a bit of cleaning, mostly upstairs, a bit of reading and maybe a disaster movie or two. The one I am watching now is just awful. It is called 40 Days and 40 Nights, with the title giving away the whole plot. The movie opened in the Sahara which wasn’t the Sahara. A jeep, a red jeep, was doing wheelies. There was underbrush but very little sand. The two couples in the jeep saw the storm coming over the mountains, yup mountains, and decided to do more wheelies in the same spot and in the exact same way. I guess the director didn’t think we’d notice. All of a sudden a flood came over the mountains and the jeep went under, no more wheelies. The plot is Biblical.

Every night I move the cat’s gate to my doorway to keep Nala inside with me. She had been going downstairs while I was asleep and using the dining room floor as her port-a-potty. It worked except for Henry. He won’t come inside my room. He suspects something. In his roaming, Henry realized my bedroom was inaccessible but the cats’ dishes were fair game with no gate for protection. The last two mornings the cats’ bowls were clean. I thought of a couple of solutions but discarded them. I can’t force Henry inside my room. That would scare him. I could entice him with food but he’d take the biscuit and run. My best solution is to put the cats’s dishes on one of the beds until I buy another gate.

I went out with the dogs this morning. They chased each other a little bit until Nala grabbed the tiniest branch which had a couple of oak leaves. She ran with the branch in her mouth as proudly as she could be. Nala had caught something.

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

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I left early for work this morning to avoid rainmeggdon. It poured heavily for almost two hours straight. Looking out the window during the storm, out across DFW airport from the 4th floor, I couldn’t see beyond the street in front of the building. When I left the house the air was so humid you could cut it with a butter knife. It’s still raining lightly with a cool 69° temperature. Hopefully, this is the last batch of heavy rain for the rest of the week.

    When we lived in Brooklyn we didn’t have air conditioning. My parents would take a bungalow in the Catskills Mountains for the months of July and August. My father would take his two week vacation during the first two weeks of July and then return to New York to work Monday through Friday. He would return over the weekends for the rest of the world f. The summer. After Labor Day all of us would move back to Brooklyn. When we moved to Texas, in 1953, we discovered air conditioning and installed it in our car and bought a window unit for our apartment. After WWII most homes in Dallas only had attic fans because central air conditioning was just coming into existence. The entire sunbelt would not have grown to what it is today without the invention of air conditioning.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’d still like a bit of that rain. Boston just finished its third over 90˚ day in a row. We were 15 degrees cooler here on the cape. Now, at almost 11, it is cool, only 64˚, perfect for sleeping. I was out with the dogs but felt cold. It was a great feeling.

      When I was a kid, I didn’t know a single house with air-conditioning. It just wasn’t common. I remember the first car my father bought which had AC. It was when we were living on the cape where it wasn’t needed all that often. When I redid my house around 10 or so years back, I made sure central air was part of the change. The older I get, the quicker I turn it on. My bedroom Ac unit I kept My upstairs gets quite hot Sometimes I just turn that unit on. I did last night. I won’t need it tonight.

      • Bob Says:

        Just discovered on the TV news that since March first the northern part of the Metroplex received up to 25 inches of rain. The rest of the area had 20 inches. Soon we will be hot and dry.

      • katry Says:

        I have seen rain almost as many inches only once. Everything flooded.

        Hot and dry were what Ghana was from about October to April.

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