A Long Heat Wave

The heat wave seems to be lasting FOREVER! Another stinker of a day out there.

Attila only has one day off this weekend, today. Today is the day the last of the back wall comes out of the garage. All morning the house vibrated as he sawed off the last of the studs and sheathing and siding. By tonight new studs and sheathing and siding will be installed, and probably the new siding will be painted. Tearing out the rotting back wall wasn’t on the list of tasks for replacing the garage roof, a project that is not finished yet. Securing the back rotting wall was on the list. The way Attila figured it, it was the same amount of work to tear out and replace the wall, as it was to secure it against the weather, AND a secured wall would still be rotten and mouldy and need to be replaced. He saved himself about a week of work by skipping securing the wall, and rebuilding it now.

He is out there in the heat and humidity, working away, happily. He is experiencing intense relief, getting this nightmare project underway, and today removing the last of the rotting, mouldy wood and insulation. He is claiming his space, and as miserable as it has been; the pressure to remove the old roof and get another on to keep the rain out; the misery of removing rotting, mouldy materials; working in the extreme heat of the very long heat wave we have been experiencing… well as miserable as all that has been and still is, he comes up into the kitchen for a coffee, soaked to the skin, with a big grin on his face.

open section in back wall

The last section of the back wall to be replaced with new studs, sheathing and siding. Attila reckons that this will be closed in and painted by the end of the day.

I baked bread yesterday, on the back porch. Today, Sunday, Attila is tackling an electric-tool-intense day of work, so the one exterior electric outlet is all his. The Instant Pot, and the air source heat pump to cool the air, will allow indoor cooking in reasonable comfort. The hydro is half the price during the weekend, so this luxury isn’t going to set us back too much on our hydro bill. It is an added expense of replacing the garage roof.

Well, that’s us here at Mist Cottage. Attila renovating, me writing this, keeping the kitchen clean, planning and preparing another hot meal in the Instant Pot, paying bills, updating web sites… lots of this n’ that in my daily life. And of course, our friends, the mosquitoes (they survive hot dry weather just fine), the bumblebees (beautiful!), the goldfinches, the robins, the grackles, the cardinals, the squirrels, the chipmunks, the rabbits, and lots of life we are not really aware of that surrounds us.

I’ve tried and tried to give up thinking and writing “us”. I might just have to accept failure on this one, as long as Attila and I are living in the same dwelling. It isn’t the same “us” it was last summer, not at all, but it is an “us” of another kind.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

26°C
Date: 12:00 PM EDT Sunday 15 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 26.0°C
Dew point: 21.3°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: S 19 km/h
Humidex: 35
Visibility: 24 km
Mainly sunny. High 30 except 26 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 38. UV index 9 or very high.

Quote

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Mahatma Gandhi
1869 – 1948

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6 Responses to A Long Heat Wave

  1. WendyNC says:

    There’s still a lot of “us-ing” going on. The internal may be different, but the outside looks very much the same. Just don’t tell Attila–don’t want to burst any bubbles. 😉

  2. A lot of couples appear from the outside to be “us” but what is really going on is far from it. At least you two are still friends and treating each other so, and that counts for a lot. -Kate

  3. Wendy, yes a lot us “us-ing” going on. Nah, mums the word, definitely don’t want to burst any bubbles! 🙂

  4. Kate, it sure does count for a lot, we are friends. We were friends when we first met, and that hasn’t changed. For the most part we do treat each other well, always have. Not that we don’t have our differences and frustrations, we experience our share of those. I lived with mostly very difficult people before I met Attila, and even given the terrible, terrible mistake, living with Attila is a big step up from my past experiences.

  5. Teri says:

    Thunderstorms with a new, cooler temp are supposed to move through here Monday afternoon, so you should be cooling down a bit shortly.

  6. Teri, fingers crossed! I’ve been indoors for weeks now, except for my mornings on the back porch, and a few short excursions to the back porch to cook with my plugin appliances. Cooler weather would be a big relief! I’ve not been getting into the cleanup in the garage because it is too hot out there for me to work, I don’t do well in heat and I won’t push it.