Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hot! Hot! HOT!
In this part of northern Texas, and for several hundred miles around, the heat is worse than it's ever been since Miss D. and I moved here, two and a half years ago. The thermometer hit 114° (Fahrenheit - for readers who use Celsius, that translates to 45.5°) this afternoon, and as of a few moments ago it had cooled to a mere 111°. Inside our home, despite the best efforts of our air conditioning system, it's currently 82° - which sounds bad, until you go outside and realize it's still almost 30° cooler than the ambient temperature! The contrast as you walk through the door, in either direction, is striking.
The previous owners of our house had installed a window air conditioning unit in the master bedroom. We'd wondered why, since we'd never needed to use it during previous summers. Well, now we know! I switched it on for the first time a couple of days ago, to help bring down the temperature in the bedroom before we went to sleep. Tonight, it may just stay on all night!
To make his life more interesting, Old NFO's air conditioning went out on him today. I suspect we may have him in our spare room sometime tonight . . . the coolth will make it worth even the company of the cats!
We're apparently due for very hot conditions for the next few days, until the middle of next week. I'm not looking forward to it . . . but this is Texas, after all. It happens sometimes. I have a new and very profound respect for the farmers, cowhands, road crews and oil workers out there. How anyone can function in these temperatures, performing hard manual labor outdoors without any cover or shelter, without keeling over from sunstroke or heat exhaustion, is beyond me!