That’s enough Summer, thank you…
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?