Yes, summer is really here, and today the temperature here in Winthrop by the Sea has reached 93 degrees, with a heat index of 100. So naturally, this is when our air conditioner decides to partially break down. We have AC in the basement (where it is least needed) and partially on the first floor, but it basically isn’t working at all on the second floor and so the temperature in our bedroom hit 85 degrees in the shade. We are temporarily sleeping in the basement on the sleeper sofa until the HVAC guys can come on Monday.
The only one of us who seems totally unaffected is Violet. She doesn’t seem to mind the heat at all. Scratch, on the other hand, has camped out in the basement with us and the dogs.
I normally don’t mind a little snow, as it is New England and we expect to get some (mostly) between November and March. But the two storms that we have had most recently have been a bit more problematic, mostly because of strong winds and heavy coastal flooding.
As we have been adjusting to the new place, arranging everything and getting things unpacked, so have the animals. And the adjustment is particularly eventful for Violet, who is also getting used to Kelly and me and the dogs. And of course, the dogs are still getting used to her. Especially Dash, who often seems quite obsessed with her.
In the time since our last posts, so much has happened in our lives, and in the greater world, and in the world of GoT, that it feels truly overwhelming. I can’t keep up with it all. If I was to try to describe everything in great detail, it would take multiple posts of extraordinary length. And right now I don’t have the time or the energy.
I am just going to try to summarize everything with just one one post. At least for now.
Our hot water heater has decided to give up the ghost. It has ceased to be. It is an ex-hot water heater. It is pushing up the daisies and gone to meet its maker, so to speak. As you can imagine, this does put a bit of a damper of any plans to take a warm shower, as anything that comes out of the shower head now feels like pure glacier runoff.
We don’t write about books around here as much as we probably should. Life, politics, history, current events, and other interesting stuff tends to get in the way. We’re OK with that, those things deserve our time and attention as well.
Not too long ago, Geoff wrote about some home reorganizing. That has been a part of a much larger multi-month cull and organize project. Part of that project has been BOOKS.
Here in Boston we had some scheduling insanity due to the weather predicted for today. Even though the big Boston Pops fireworks event was moved to Thursday the 3rd from Friday the 4th, the festivities still began early and then ended with a bit of chaos when the bad weather blew in shortly after the fireworks ended.
Today has not been beautiful per se, but it has been quite mild. The temperature reached about 50 degrees today, mild enough that I started a project that needed to be done outside. We have some old cat litter bins that I have cleaned out and cleaned up for using as storage containers in the kitchen. But obviously we don’t want them looking like old cat litter bins, so I got some of the spray paint that sticks to plastic. A nice navy blue that would match our kitchen seemed like a good choice, and so I waited for a day with decent weather so I could spray. Today seemed like the day. So I painted and then set everything out on newspaper in the back yard to dry.
Then it started to rain. The forecast said there was a 20% chance, and I guess the roll of the dice was just so. I hope the paint job isn’t totally ruined.