I guess I haven’t seen it all! This afternoon at 4:30 P.M. the temperature in the shade was 35 degree centigrade. The humidex was much, much higher. I glanced out the window and saw, for the first time in my life, a black squirrel spread-eagled across the top of a shaded rock. I stood and watched him, and for the longest time he did not move. Just as I was beginning to wonder if he had fallen from a tree and hurt himself, he pulled himself up to reposition, to a cooler section of the rock face.
When the heat and humidity are this extreme I all but stop moving. Stillness minimizes the discomfort. Attila worked again today in the sun. He is starting to wear down now, every day he feels more drained than the day before. We are expecting somewhat cooler temperatures tomorrow, and after that some cooler nights. Sometimes the weather is just something you have to survive.
Today I focused on moving my email accounts from the laptop to the desktop computer, and in the process abandoned Entourage and took to using Thunderbird. I had been putting this job off. Procrastination worked in my favour, as it happens. Yesterday’s mail brought a package addressed to me, which contained a new USB drive. It is one of those small affairs that one can wear around the neck on a string. It has a 1GB capacity, which was more than enough to accommodate the rather large mail file that needed to be moved from the laptop to the desktop. So instead of moving my email over file by file, I loaded the files onto the new USB drive to quickly transfer the lot. All is working as it should.
I did not expect to see this USB drive. It was promised as a prize for the first member who registered on a site where I already do a lot of business. My registration was completed months ago, so I assumed after six weeks that I had not won any prize and that the little USB drive would not be coming in the mail. What a pleasant surprise when it did arrive.
We are back to heating BBQ hamburger patties in the microwave for dinner. It is an easy meal for a hot day. Tonight I used half a cabbage, five carrots and half a Vidalia onion, chopped, to make a cabbage salad. It was very good and there is enough left over for salad over the next few days.
My final project for the day is to get the house cooled down to a comfortable temperature for sleeping. It is worth a try!
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Beating the Heat
"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Pressure 101.2 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 46 %
Wind SW 17 km/h gust 28 km/h
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