Sunday, June 21, 2015

Saturday: Keeping Cool

The temperature was in the upper 90s, on Saturday.  So, I opened the windows and doors, first thing in the morning, while it was still relatively cool (in the 70s), and aired the house.  Later, when it got warmer (around 11:00 a.m.), I closed the windows and doors to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.  The ceiling fan was switched on around noon.  I opened the windows and doors again, in the evening, to cool off the house.  And I ate some ice cream to cool myself!    And that is how I manage to keep the house (and myself) cool without central air conditioning.  LOL.

Right now, the house is 78F, which is a comfortable temperature for me.  I'm fine with indoor temperatures in the mid-80s, too.  It is only when the outside temperatures are in the triple digits and the temperature inside my house is in the 90s, that I feel uncomfortable.  Then, I'm known to whine and complain that it is too hot!  

I do have a small window unit that I put up in my bedroom window in the summer.  It hasn't been put up yet, this year.  It's too heavy for me to lift up to set in the window.  I have to take a day off from work on a day my gardener comes to do the garden and get him to do it.  Then, he takes it down for me, in October or November, when it cools down. 

I started the day making French toast for breakfast.  Then, I washed the dishes and did a load of laundry.  My neighbor T called to check on me because she hadn't seen me all last week.  She has invited me to come over to her house (cooled by a swamp cooler) if I find it too warm in my house!  I am so blessed to have caring neighbors.

After that, I pulled out several pieces of fabric from my stash, selected one, cut out a summer nightdress and started sewing it. 

Later in the afternoon, I took one of my friends to the fabric store and helped her to choose several pieces of fabric that she wanted.  We picked fabric, selected coordinating lace, matching thread, and the fasteners that were needed for the project she had in mind and spent an enjoyable hour in the shop.  The shop was nicely air conditioned, too, so it was a pleasure to stay there and shop!  I was very good and didn't buy anything.  I did pick up a hair band for daughter from the $1 bin, but my friend insisted on paying for it.  I did give her my coupons for 40% off on one regular priced item and 15% off on entire purchase.   

Afterwards, she treated me to lunch.  We bought Thai food from my favorite Thai food place and we brought it home to eat.  My friend was laughing because the laundry I did in the morning was hung from the doorways inside the house to dry.  I didn't mind - even if my dryer was working, I wouldn't have used it on a day when it was in the upper 90s!  It was an ideal day to air dry the laundry.

I dropped my glass butter dish, the other morning, by accident, and it broke.  So, on my way to drop off my friend, I stopped at the dollar store to buy myself another butter dish (a plastic one, this time, because they didn't have any glass ones).  I had given my friend the choice of going to the store with me or being dropped off at her apartment (I'd have gone to the dollar store on my way home, in that case); she chose to go to the store with me since she, too, had a couple of items she wanted to purchase.

Video chatted with daughter after I came home and sewed a bit more on the nightdress.  I will finish it, tomorrow. 

Today, I am grateful for:

- Caring neighbors
- An afternoon in the company of a friend
- Being treated to lunch
- Visits to the fabric store
- Time to sew

How was your Saturday?  Did you have a good day?  


  1. About 80˚ is my limit. We keep the air on 72. I could be comfortable higher than that, but the husband hates being hot and still whines he is 'burning up'. It's not going lower than that. Our bedroom is upstairs where it stays a few degrees hotter so during the day we stay downstairs and just come back up at bedtime.

    1. Jess, 80F can feel quite uncomfortable, especially if there's any humidity. Ours is a "dry heat", although, when it gets above 100F, even dry heat can feel like an oven!

  2. How wonderful to have a sewing friend.. I love, love to sew.. but none of my friends sew nor or they interested in learning.. So happy you two had such a good day out.
    Proud you had the cooler day..I agree the triple digits is rough.. Be careful..
    Have a great week.

    1. Judy, they had such lovely fabrics at the store! I could spend hours just wandering up and down each aisle, admiring the fabric! I wish I was better at sewing, but I manage well enough. Hope you have a lovely week.


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