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That’s enough Summer, thank you…

May 24, 2010

Well I finished another in a series of “paint application and mosquito-feeding” sessions just as the Illinois prairie daylight set down for the evening.  Lacking the stamina to paint the entire house in a long weekend (plus the siding is quite weathered so there’s a lot of scraping and sanding), I’m doing it in two- or three-hour chunks.

I’m reasonably certain that mosquitoes are able to home in on that spot just between your shoulder blades where you cannot reach to scratch.

I turned on the air conditioning today and have already had all of Summer that I want out of this year.  Just enough to get a taste of it; thank you, that’s fine, you may go now.  Although I did notice that my hip didn’t bother me at all today.  Nope, hot weather is still not worth it.

Our boy-cat Oscar assisted in the only a cat ordinarily assists humans in their mysterious activities; he watched, when he could keep his eyes open.  From time to time, he’d haul his furry self up and amble to a better vantage point, to sway and fall comically to the warm concrete and then, in a minute or two, resume his nap.

Diane returned today from a trip to Ohio, during which I took over the twice-daily task of injecting our girl cat Mahalia with insulin and encouraging her to eat enough cat food to sustain her frail, overactive metabolism – which we then keep in check with thyroid hormone.  But Diane has a much better handle on that rhythm, along with other intangibles of cat entertainment, which for Mahalia include acting as crochet and Jeopardy companion.  Although I am very fond of the kitty, I have no mastery of either of those pastimes.

Paint application is another pastime in which I am unskilled, and some fine day I will have the siding ripped off this house and some kind of soulless vinyl or aluminum or whatnot applied in its place.  Eighteen years ago I had the windows replaced with double-pane vinyl framed doodads and have been completely satisfied with them.  Today they still work to perfection and do an excellent job of keeping the weather where it belongs.

Then there’s the roof, the furnace, the water heater, the bathtub drain, the basement wall, all in need of attention.

The day at work was marked by three humidity-related service calls, causing paper jams, a jammed cabinet door, and a leaky A/C duct about which I could do little more than sympathize.  Fortunately the A/C works much better in my house than it does in my office.  So how was your day?  Had enough Summer yet?

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  1. EdK
    May 24, 2010 at 21:01 | #1

    Not looking forward to four more months of 85 degrees or above.  Having lived in Alabama for over 30 years, somehow I have never adapted to the heat and humidity.  I love the Cold.

  2. May 24, 2010 at 23:03 | #2

    Had enough Summer yet?

    Last summer here in Austin was 100+ days in a row with 100+ temperatures. I have indeed had enough summer this year already.

  3. The Bo$$
    May 24, 2010 at 23:39 | #3

    Move to San Francisco. Average temperature of a summer day is about 65. If not colder. I will be spending this summer in Northern Virginia so I will get to experience real, actual summer for the first time in my life

  4. May 25, 2010 at 07:15 | #4

    Driving across much of the mid-West on a sunny day was enough of Summer. Decided to leave off the air-conditioner to better estimate my gas mpg.
    Need to win the lottery to move to California.  Although our middle son has a good job there, and likes the weather.

  5. May 26, 2010 at 22:23 | #5

    Even in Roch and Toronto it is unseasonally hot.  That, of course, proves that global warming is real. ;)

    Forecast for the weekend is sublime pleasantness, so that I will enjoy.

  6. May 28, 2010 at 12:37 | #6

    Out here, summers are usually very pleasant. In the summer, we stop seeing this, and start seeing more of this, instead. Most of us welcome that change, though having that big bright thing in the sky can be a bit disconcerting. Global warming doesn’t seem to be happening here right now, since temperatures are normal for this time of year.

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