I am pleased to report that the Cobber is a significant aid in keeping me cooler during this heat wave. All it needed was to be soaked for 1/2 hour in water, then it was good to go. I wear it while I am awake, standing or sitting, and I wish I could think of a way to use it at night while I am sleeping, or trying to sleep!
Searching online I found many versions of this type of cooling neck wrap, under many names. The ones I purchased, Cobbers, came from Austalia, and are very high quality. I paid dearly for them, but since it was to be Attila’s birthday gift, that seemed appropriate. Now that we know that they are helpful in a heat wave, I will be searching for a less expensive version.
The other tool in the keeping-cool arsenal is the fan. Moving air makes a HUGE difference, and this is even more marked when I am wearing the cobber.
Last night, it was very hot when we headed to bed. The cobber is a little bit damp and lumpy for wearing while reclined, so I removed it and settled for aiming the small fan at the exact spot where I would be sleeping. Attila doesn’t feel the heat the way I do, he is very heat tolerant. So the fan was all mine. Unfortunately the power went off in the wee hours of the morning, which meant the fan stopped. I awoke before light, in a state of heat haze.
When Attila left for work this morning at 6 a.m., I left for the little house in the city. It was a long drive, there were several sections of road that were under construction and required lengthy waits at the flag person’s Stop Sign. There were also a lot of very large transport trucks on the secondary highways, travelling slowly up the hills, and with increasing speed down the other side. There was nothing for it but to follow along patiently. By the time I stopped for fuel I was very tired, and so I drank a second cup of coffee, which is something I seldom do. It perked me up though, and should not affect my sleep, as it was only 8:50 a.m. in the morning when I stopped for fuel.
After I arrived at the little house I called Attila, and sent off a message to Terra to let her know I am around and about. Then I headed off to pick up my new glasses. They fit pretty well, right off the bat. I decided to skip a fitting and to wear them for a bit, to get used to them and better assess the fit. I really like them so far.
Then I stopped by the local grocery store for a few supplies. The most important item on my list was milk, and it was the only item I did not purchase. I remembered that I needed milk when I reached the car, with all my other purchases in tow. I loaded the car, and headed back into the grocery store for the milk.
Now I am sitting in front of the rotating fan, feeling relatively cool, and relaxed. The humidex is high here, but it is not as high as it is at our country house, where Attila is working out in the hot sun, all day long. I am thinking of him.
I have a few items on my to do list for this visit. First, I have a load of lumber to shift from the car into the garage. There are two batches, one for Terra and Lares, the other for us. Some of the pieces are eight feet long, and there are quite a few of them, so I’ve done the job slowly, piece by piece, and it took quite a while. Phew! Time for another break sitting in front of the fan!
Terra came over for dinner, with the Dash to dog, who is such a character. Terra has been working a long series of night shifts and is wearing down. She was tired enough that she decided not to eat, but we had a nice chat before she headed home. We had some firewood from the branch on the Crabapple tree that came down last year in a storm. I loaded it into Terra’s car, they can burn it in their new fire pit!
I brought my sewing machine with me this time, and hope to get a start on the kitchen curtains. I will need to hoe the garden, and trim the grass, which will be a short job with my new handy trimmer. We will see what else I get to!
The humidex is the number that indicates how hot it FEELS!
22°C (26C at the country house)
Pressure: 101.0 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Wind: WSW 17 km/h
Humidex: 31C (33C at the country house)
I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
I have mixed feelings about Oprah. When I think about Schindler (Schindler’s List), I think that maybe she is OK. I cannot abide listening to her. The universe works in mysterious ways.