Thursday, July 30, 2009


Not much to report here. It seems like the weather gods and goddesses finally woke up and gave us the kind of summer I've learned to expect around here. Hazy, Hot, and Humid, with the almost daily late afternoon pop up thunderstorm...just in case the humidity level was starting to drop. Oh lovely (she writes sarcastically). The only sound outside is the drone of all the air conditioners. Getting out of my car when I return home from work, I have to sprint to the front door or I'll be mobbed by mosquitoes. Even with the sprinting I never seem to be able to get in the door without 2-3 bites!

Because of a badly placed skylight, my air conditioner struggles in the intense heat and humidity. In the winter, the sun is lower and never seen through the skylight. In the summer, it looks like a search light coming through heating up the house for a good 3-4 hours every day. I've tried putting up room darkening film but it wouldn't stick because of the bubble shape of the old skylight. It really needs a a shade of some sort, but it would cost a pretty penny to have someone custom fit and install it. I know, I know...I've probably paid more in energy costs throughout the years.

Now, why was I even talking about the heat in the house?.....a few minutes go by as she sits pondering....

Oh yes, because of the cats. It always comes back to the cats, doesn't it? Coming home from work during these hot days, I'm no longer greeted at the door. I call out and start my search. Hmmm, one in the darkened tv on the cool bathroom LYING IN THE LITTER BOX!! "OH GROSS APU--GET OUT OF THERE!" He slinks out of the litter box with a look that can only be interpreted as "what the heck is YOUR problem!"

Ahh, summertime. Hot, sticky days and stinky cats.

Oh my! I was originally adding this photo to show Sweet Pea just chillin', but now looking at it I almost expect him to start breathlessly quoting lines from The Maltese Falcon!


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

It's the Fat Man!!

I hope cool weather comes to you soon. We've been fortunate here although I think the farmers disagree. Art's uncle farms up near St. Cloud and hea said corn is about 2 weeks behind because we haven't had enough hot days.

Anonymous said...

LOL--he reminds me of Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now.

No offense Sweet Pea--you really are a charmer. :-))

KGMom said...

Oh you are too funny--quoting the Maltese Falcon.
Either that, or Jabba the Hut from Star Wars.

possumlady said...

Lynne, my sister in Minnesota said they are calling it the Canadian summer since it's been so cool. We were in the same jet stream for a while but unfortunately, no longer!

Always a surprising pleasure when you comment, MW!!

Donna, interesting that you mention Jabba the Hut! When I was looking up Sydney Greenstreet, it was revealed that the designer/artist of Jabba the Hut actually had Sydney Greenstreet in mind when he created Jabba! In fact, they even fitted Jabba with a fez in honor of Sydney's work in Casablanca!

Judy said...

About your skylight - if you can get on the roof - purchase a greenhouse shade cloth (Charlie's Greenhouse Supply is an on-line vendor.) Drape it over the skylight on the outside and secure with a bungee cord around the bottom close to roof. Very easy to put up in early summer, take off in early to mid fall.Some light still gets through (shade cloth available in different densities) but really works well to reduce heat gain in summer.

Jack said...

looking cool..thats really nice to see this one..
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