Spent a quiet morning, chatting with my daughter and a cousin who called. Later in the afternoon, I cleaned my bathroom and did some paperwork. I also picked some fresh lemons from my garden to fill the fruit bowl on the dining table.
I had invited the cousin who accompanied me to the chemo session, yesterday, and her mother to dinner. So, later in the evening, I cooked rice, a fish curry using a package of frozen pollock, spicy garbanzo beans, and made a cucumber salad. There was also my homemade tomato chutney and my microwave cornbread. I enjoyed having company on a Saturday evening.
Today's weather was a high of 91F with 30% humidity. Much better than yesterday's 98F! But, inside my house, it was 82F, which is quite comfortable for me. I don't have central air conditioning, so I take a few simple steps to keep the house comfortable. The back of my house faces east, so the morning sun comes in from the family room window and glass sliding door. To block the heat of the morning sun, I keep the blinds drawn closed until about 11:00 a.m., when the sun no longer shines right in.
I only have three windows on the south side of the house and I keep the drapes drawn on two of the three windows. The dracaena plant is in front of the third window and it needs the sunlight, so I keep the drapes open for that window. I also have the cherry guava tree blocking the 2nd window, so that provides some cooling shade and two of the pineapple guava trees are also on the south side of the house, providing more cooling shade.
The front of my house faces west. Which means the hot afternoon sun pours in from the big picture window in the living room and the windows of two of the three bedrooms. A blessing in the winter when I try to use solar heat to warm up the house, but not so welcome in the summer, when I am trying to keep the house cool. So, the drapes and window blinds are closed in the afternoon, to keep the sun out, until later in the evening. There is, also, one eucalyptus tree in the front garden, which shades the house a bit from the hot late afternoon/evening sun.
Fortunately, our evenings and nights tend to be cool, so, what I try to do is open as many windows as I can to cool the house before I close up for the night. Unfortunately, the screens on several of my windows are torn and I am afraid Dancer cat will escape, so I don't open those windows. Getting new window screens is something I am planning to do this summer.
Later on in the summer and into early fall (September tends to be one of the hottest months, here), the temperatures will soar and you'll hear me complain about it being in the 90s inside the house! That's when I am glad to spend the better part of the day in my air conditioned work place and I install the room air conditioner and stay in my bedroom!
|June 4 Decluttering
2 empty boxes
3 children's clothing patterns
2 food take out containers
Spending log: I didn't spend any money, today.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Getting some sleep, after all.
- Being able to keep the house cool when it is hot.
- Long phone chat with one cousin.
- Having aunt and cousin over to dinner.
- Video chatting with daughter.
It's almost 1:00 a.m., now; I shall try to go to bed by 2:00 a.m. and hopefully, I'll fall asleep!
How was your Saturday?