Monday, August 10, 2009

132 Days

Until Winter officially arrives.

The older I get, the more I hate summer.

The temperature in the bedrooms (Chunky sleeping in his; Moochie's still in our bedroom) at 8:45 p.m. tonight:


89 degrees.

Yuck. I bought a pair of sit-in-the-window fans at Costco for $30 something bucks a piece and put one in Chunky's room and one in our room. They're really nice when the weather is 85 and cooler. But after 85 degrees, it doesn't matter if you have one of the fans on suck and the other on blow, or both on suck, or both on blow--they just work to blow stuffy hot air on you.

The A/C unit in the dining room does a great job keeping the dining room cool. I only wish we were ever in the dining room for long periods of time. And it helps take the edge off the heat in the living room which is good for the boys during the day. But nights are brutal. The kitchen and bedrooms are just so hot.

As a result of all this disgusting weather, I'm keeping the knitting light.


More hopefully on these later in the week.

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Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Have you ever tried a swamp cooler?? I don't know what your humidity is like...they don't work that well in high humidity...but it's something to consider.

When I've been in that situation, I try to take a cold shower right before bed, the sleep with the fans directly on me. Not sure how that would play with the boys, thought. I'm sorry you're baking in this heat!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

move the a/c to your bedroom and bed chunky on the floor? Or wha tmy parents did, a/c in their room, fan in the ahll to blow the cold air across to my sister's and my room, curtain across the hall to keep the cold air int he bedroom hallway. The curtain works well. It's what I have up in my bedroom doorway right now so the bedroom is cool and the itties can come and go.

9:17 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

On days like today, I'm happy that the Hubster is staunchly pro-AC. For someone who grew up in Arkansas, he's shockingly bad at handling hot weather.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

Another thought, run the AC in the dining room and put fans in the doorways instead of the windows to blow the cold air from the dining room to the bedrooms.

You're keeping things shut up tight too, right? Shades drawn, drafts plugged?

You can take the girl out of Alaska, but you can't take Alaska out of the girl! Bring on the frost!

9:38 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I dunno - you don't have to shovel the heat...

10:28 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I lost any an all "street cred" when I moved into the apartment with A/C, but I was known to sleep in front of the sliding glass door in my dining room in Hawai'i on those nights the trade winds stopped blowing and it was 90/90 all night long (degrees/humidity) so I sympathize...

Can you all camp out in the dining room? We promise not to tell.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm totally with you on the heat-hating. The good news is that even in northern NJ, it should improve by mid-September, so maybe up to a month of misery.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Yeah So said...

WHy don't you all camp out on the dining room floor? Bet Chunky would love it. I usually love the summer but oppressive heat is the worst. Hang in there

6:08 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

I concur with the camping idea. At least for Chunky. I bet he'd love it.

Are the boys spending the daytime in the dining room? If not, then having the a/c unit in there at all, cooling a space you don't use, well, isn't that just a waste?

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for camping out in the dining room! Chunky would love it and you all would get some kind of rest. Love, Mom

9:11 AM  
Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

And while I love the southern atmosphere and hospitality, during this menopausal stage in life, I will take winter hands down. Lord, I cannot believe I just typed that. ;p I think menopause has jacked with my mind...

Bring on winter!

10:03 AM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Maybe the dining room window was the only place she could fit it. Those units are heavy and not easy to lug round. And during hot months, people tend to steal them out of windows from first floors or with steps nearby. It happened to my best friend.

And what's the likelihood of your landlord installing AC?? I would resent roasting in a place I'm paying to live.

I like the curtain idea. You can use that to keep cold outside as well. Nifty invention...

10:07 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

We had hot weather sucks all the juice out of a person if they had any in the first place.
Now it's raining, which is alright with me.
Sorry, Bezzie.
Life is hard enough without being a roast.
Love, Seven

12:48 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I lost my AC for a couple of weeks during July so I know misery.

I vote for camping in the dining room too.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I understand, believe me! My no central air house is miserably hot. We have a window air conditioner in my daughter's room (aimed towards the hall so the air will blow into my son's room too), and one in mine and my husband's bedroom, and they're supposed to cool multiple rooms, but they really don't. I'll take summer over winter any day, but I can't stand the over 80 degree heat. It was 96 here on Sunday, and I didn't even want to leave the house. 70-ish is perfect. If it could stay 70 degrees here all year, I'd be content.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

It's so gross out here in the summer. 82 at 4am, blah.
Does it help to use a little wet towel in front of the fans? I just have to have A/C though, I'm spurlt that way

6:05 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

We've got the AC on in our room and Piper camping out on a cot we keep around just for nasty hot days like this.


6:10 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

I'm hoping for a break in the weather. Short of that, it sounds like it's time for some of your excellent cold fish. Stay cool!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

That's way too hot for sleeping. Perhaps sleeping bags in the dining room?

10:56 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

We've managed to not put the a/c in the window so far. It's been really humid some nights but the window fans seem to bring in some cooler air (as long as the outside air cools off). We're seeing who can hold out the longest. My husband keeps saying, "I'll get the a/c if YOU think we need it". I can wait him out!

4:11 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

I'm living in an air-conditionless attic right now. Why I thought living in an attic would be ok, I do not know. I hate summer too.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Hi Bezzie,

My air conditioner is in the dining room also. What really realy helps is ceiling fans. There is no direct path for the air to get into the bedrooms but the ceiling fans do the trick. There is one in the dining room and one in both bedrooms I open or close doors as necessary. Maybe the landlord would pop for ceiling fans if you install them. In the meantime--campout! It's worth dragging the mattress in there. Good luck.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I don't have a solution, but I do feel your pain. Just be naked all the time. :)

8:26 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Ick!! I can't stand the heat either! Its been in the 80s/90s here and the fans just don't make it cool enough at night!! Hope it cools down a bit for you this weekend!!

12:28 PM  

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