In my post about “Cage Free Eggs” I wrote the line “one can survive in a house without air-conditioning if you know how to play the weather”. I was wrong.
Mother Nature seems to have read that line and chose to test me. Starting on July 1st and lasting through July 6th my fair town had temperatures ranging between 94 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures mostly hovered around that 100 mark. (Note: I do not have air-conditioning.)
And then it was the Fourth of July; Independence Day. On that day we hit 103 degrees. Our family had a cousin reunion in the park. We gathered, we ate, we gave “air hugs” (too hot to touch), we talked. A few little ones had water rockets and had joyous water fights. When I briefly got in the line of fire I wished they would have drenched me a little more. After a few hours some of us retreated to our homes. Mother Nature showed her power.
I was home by mid-afternoon and entered a house that was at 86 degrees. I turned the fans on, stripped down to the “bare” necessities, and watched television. The heat was unbearable. I filled the tub with cool water and took a cold bath. That cooled me for a short time. By early evening, after eating a bowl of cereal for supper, I phoned my sister who has air-conditioning and told her I was coming over. That’s where I spent my night.
On the 5th I thought I would be able to survive staying home and told my sister that was my intention. I did okay, until I woke up at 1:30 a.m. and felt miserable. Gratefully my sis didn’t mind the 2 a.m. call asking her to unlock her house so I could come over and crash for a few hours before I had to go to work.
On the 6th, last night, when it was 103 degrees, I didn’t even pretend that I would stay home. The weather gods had mentioned there would be a break in the weather but by 9:00 p.m. my house was still at 87 degrees so I went back to my sister’s.
This morning, thinking it would never cool down, I stepped outside to 75 degree temperature. Oh, miracle of miracle! There was blessed cool air, and north-westerly winds. Thank you Mother Nature for sending relief.