You see that temperature above? That was yesterday afternoon on my porch in the shade. It was hot enough that it melted the glue that helps hold the roll up blinds on the porch in place and the middle blind fell off!
I heard a thud in the afternoon and went out to find the middle blind down. Upon inspecting the hardware and then the blind itself, I could see the melted glue on the blind. That is the blind, now waiting for the heatwave to pass so I can fix the stupid thing!
We have a Swamp Cooler to keep the house cool and it normally works great, but it would not compete with this freakishly hot heat wave. My hanai sister/neighbor/friend called me yesterday afternoon to see how I was doing and I told her I was hot. Apparently she could tell by my voice that I was in trouble even if I did not realize it myself at that moment. Being the amazing, generous and loving person that she is, she immediately sprung into action and got her extra air conditioner over her, along with a huge fan. She and Jeff got it installed and going. I did not realize that I was experiencing heat exhaustion because I could not think clearly. After about 20 minutes, I could think clearly again and my body temperature was back down to normal. Everyone needs a sweet friend like Shannon who goes out of her way to make sure those she loves are safe. I cannot thank her enough! Midgy cat was also having trouble with the heat and I had been putting ice packs on her to help cool her down. Patchy was at the vet's office having surgery (she comes home today) so she was fine there and the AC will help keep her comfy while she further recovers at home.
This heat is taking a huge toll on the wheat crops all around me. You can literally see the wheat drying up in the fields (we do not irrigate fields here). The projected yield this year was already low before this heatwave hit and now I fear the farmers are going to take an even bigger loss. If this continues, it will affect the other crops as well and being that we are the biggest split pea and lentil producing area in the world, this could be a HUGE hit not just to the farmers, but to the food supply as well. Meanwhile, my friend in Illinois posted pictures of the corn fields completely flooded in her area. It's not looking good folks...not at all!
This morning I woke up to the temperature outside rising quickly. It was 7:30 a.m. and we were already getting close to 90F. I quickly got dressed and went over to Shannon's to let her dogs out to go potty and then to give them and her kitties some lovies since she had to very leave early in the morning to go pick something up in Portland, OR. When I got home I decided the best plan of action was to get the berries picked before I had my coffee. Big Mistake. Apparently that magic elixir is much needed for my brain to work properly. My brain and feet were not communicating and I took a tumble down the back deck stairs. Thank God there are just a few of them and I was able to land on my rather well padded behind, but not until I had screwed up my arthritic foot and become the proud owner of that much coveted "fashion accessory" of scrapes and bruises, which I will now be sporting for the rest of the week at least. I also managed to tweak my already bad back...Yay me! NOT!
After all this I have decided that my recliner and I will be spending a lot of time together today. I have the swamp cooler on (before it gets to the point where it is not cooling the inside air and then will switch over to the AC) and have the big fan going too. At the moment I am still feeling cool and comfortable. I will be taking a shower soon and not blow drying my hair. If my neighbors see me, they will have to deal with the wild haired woman that I am if I do not style my hair. Tough cookies for them...LOL! They all know I am semi crazy anyway, so it is nothing new. 😆
While I am home in my recliner, our sweet Heather is doing a Costco run and picking up some new microfiber sheets for me. They have the queen sized sets on sale for $14.99 so she is picking up two of them, one for our bed and one for the guest bed. I love microfiber sheets and have been looking for a great deal on them for ages. They just are so soft and with my fibromyalgia, I need super soft sheets that do not bother my skin. I am so blessed that she asked me if I needed anything from Costco today and that the sheets I want are on sale there. 😌
I'm off to get yet another big glass of water to drink. Praying that everyone reading this is safe and staying cool or warm (whatever your need is). Have a great day!