Heat without humidity is bearable, at least for people like me who do not have to engage in steady physical labour in the hot sun. Today was comfortable here at home, as I went for my daily walk before 8:00 A.M. and after that sat in various shady and cool locations to read and work on the laptop.
Attila, however, must work in the sun, and work strenuously. He usually loses six pounds over the course of a hot sunny day, sweating profusely keeps his body temperature normal in spite of the heat. He must drink water almost constantly to prevent himself from becoming dehydrated. I think if I had to work now, as hard as Attila works, it would probably kill me. Growing up on a farm I spent summer days in the sun, working hard. Couldn’t do it now I’m afraid.
We are having a few mechanical challenges, but so far have resolved them without expense. Last night as we made the one-hour drive to the doctor’s evening clinic, we suddenly noticed a horrible smell.
“It is probably the car in front of us,” Attila asserted. Attila likes to assume the best possible scenario.
However, the smell did not disappear when the traffic in front of us had all turned onto side roads and left the highway.
“Attila, that smell has got to be us,” I asserted.
Sure enough, the smell was coming from our car. The brakes had locked. I left Attila in the parking lot at the doctor’s office, while I walked down the street to purchase some greeting cards for the upcoming wedding. By the time I had returned Attila had already hoisted the car on the jack, removed the wheel, and unlocked the brakes. Attila tested them as we left the doctor’s office, to make sure they worked, as they should. They did.
This morning the water pump went wonky. Attila did not have enough time to have a look at it before he left for work. However, we keep an emergency supply of water for just such an occasion. Out came several jugs of water for use over the course of the day. A few hours after arriving home this evening, Attila was working on the pump and got it going. I will be using the water sparingly for the next few days, just in case.
The summer kitchen was put to good use this morning. Macaroni was cooked in water taken from our emergency supply and a macaroni salad prepared for the evening meal. This evening Attila has the charcoal BBQ started and will BBQ a dozen hamburgers. These will be frozen individually and then microwaved for quick dinners throughout the rest of the present heat wave. Tomorrow I will be on the Internet looking for an easy recipe for cabbage salad or coleslaw. The recipes I have call for dill and I cannot abide dill except for pickles.
The temperature is finally cooler outside than it is inside, at 9:00 P.M. The windows have been thrown wide open and the ceiling fan is doing its thing. A cool evening will allow for a good nights sleep. We even had a few drops of rain, welcome in the current drought conditions
|RECIPES :: Cast
Bridal Shower Table
By the Easy Chair
by Julia and Derek Parker
(A coffee table book with beautiful illustrations.)
"A Sao Paolo bank needed to decide on the timing of a large issue for the Euromarket. The officers determined the answer not by scrutinizing capital markets or predicting exchange rates, but by consulting an astrologer. He showed them that since Jupiter was in his exaltation, the time was right. The vice president in charge followed this advice--admittedly without notifying his superiors--and the deal succeeded. These methods, the Economist admitted, hardly violated normal practices in Brazil."
from Grafton, Anthony
Starry Messengers: Recent Work in the History of Western Astrology
Perspectives on Science - Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2000, pp. 70-83
Press 101.5 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 43 %
Wind NNW 9 km/h
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