We’re having a heat wave

We’re having a heat wave

Whew, boy. We’re having a heat wave in Central New York.

… a tropical heat wave …

Great. Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head.

It’s hard to believe that on April 22nd we had a thick blanket of snow for my birthday.  It also snowed shortly after Mother’s Day.  I was still wearing a sweatshirt around Memorial Day because the evenings were downright chilly. But that’s Central New York.  Our weather is schizophrenic.

June, on the other hand, was near perfect — mild, breezy, warm days and cool nights.

Then July descended like a swarm of really angry, sweaty bees.

I have two window A/C units for my downstairs – one for my office and one for the front of the house.  Typically, my office unit goes in around Memorial Day since my office has no upstairs above it to help keep it cool.  Plus, it faces west and has a wall of windows on three sides.  Even on a beautiful seventy-degree day, it gets unbearably hot in here by about one in the afternoon.

The front of the house, on the other hand, stays relatively cool.  In fact, in the twelve years I’ve lived here there have been a couple summers where I never had to put the second unit in place.  Typically, though, I make it to late July/early August before that second unit becomes a necessity.

But this heat wave had other plans.

Yesterday evening while I was working out I glanced at the thermostat and noticed the temperature in the living room was eighty degrees.  Yeah, that just won’t do.  Lupus flares in extreme cold and extreme heat.  And this heat wave was already kicking my ass.  I don’t need to be lifting weights in an eighty degree living room.

So this morning I hauled the second unit up from the basement and put it in place.

On the plus side, this exercise in body sculpting I’ve undertaken made it easy as pie to carry that monstrous thing up from the basement.  Usually I have to lift it and set it down on each step as I work my way upstairs.  But this morning, I just picked the damn thing up and walked up the stairs without having to set it down once.

Silver lining in a heat wave.

The other silver lining is I haven’t had to mow the backyard in three weeks because, and I don’t mean to get all technical here, brown grass doesn’t grow.

The glass half empty?  This brutal Lupus flare that has been dogging me ever since this heat wave began finally stripped away all pretense that my brittle hair will make it through.  Tuesday I had to buzz it all off.  I went a full two years since the last time Lupus came for my hair.  Now, once again, I look like Sinéad O’Connor – only better muscled and not nearly as insane.

This heat wave is supposed to break tonight or tomorrow and we’ll be getting some much-needed rain (FINALLY!).

But it’s July, so I doubt this break in the heat will last very long.

(And for all you folks who live in the south who are scoffing at what a baby I am.  You’re right.  I’m a baby.  And with my new, shiny bald head, I even look like one.  But heat cripples me.  And the unrelenting Lupus pain has made me especially whiny.)

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7 thoughts on “We’re having a heat wave

  • July 10, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Here in the South we have central A/C so we don’t have to haul window A/C units around. Of course central A/C is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it makes summers in the South bearable. A curse because it has led to liberal Yankees and their voting patterns moving down here.

    • July 10, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I was flown down to Savannah back in 1999 to interview for a teaching position at Savannah College of Art and Design. In August. In. August. IN AUGUST!!! I thought I knew humid heat until I went to Savannah in August. I stepped outside at the airport and felt as if I was walking through boiling water. It was the most oppressive heat/humidity I’ve ever experienced. A year later, I moved to Central North Carolina. I don’t think I would’ve survived it without central air. And that was before Lupus turned my world upside down.

  • July 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    As much as I might dislike Southern summers, I absolutely hate, hate, HATE cold, frigid weather and snow. Either end of the spectrum can be a bitch.

    Hoping your weather gets better soon.

  • July 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    I would trade July and August for another January and February in each year. Heat and humidity are awful. I have no suggestions on making it bearable. Years ago I thought gin & tonic would help. It didn’t. Sorry…

  • July 10, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Middle Georgia here, Dianny. God in Heaven knows that I cannot take this hot, humid weather in July and August, so He let someone invent air conditioning!! I think as children, hot and cold were words for running water, not the weather! Now with the approaching 74 yrs here, I hurt like hell from late spring until first frost.
    Dear Heart and Friend, if but I could, I’d take that ugly monster called Lupus from you. It would fit right in with mine! It has been life sucking hot here as well. We have 3 window units all doing the GA Power Line Melt. One is a 12.5, with 6000s in each bed room. 24/7.
    Stay cool and never, I say NEVER come my way during JULY and AUG again! ? ??

  • July 11, 2020 at 10:58 am

    It’s July, guys. It gets hot in July and August. It gets cold in January and February.

    I can tolerate hot weather, because you can work around it by taking advantage of cooler mornings and evenings.

    Cold weather here in Chicago sucks. There’s a reason we call the winter wind The Hawk. All we can do in winter is stay indoors and bitch. Plus, you don’t have to shovel lawns.

    Hope your lupus gets off your ass soon, Dianny.

  • July 11, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Dianny,
    Weather report from Tucson here. Today will be a shimmering 111 degrees. Tomorrow, it will resemble
    an active volcano caldera at 114 degrees. This is not to diminish the hot and humid weather you are having. I truly know that is much worse. The only thing about this heat is STAY OUT OF THE SUN! You are asking for death by heat stroke if you are out from under cover yoo long. TRUE. Glad you have your AC units to keep you comfy. Hope your Lupus flare lets up soon.

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