Ok, I am totally over this whole heat wave thing. My garden is wilting. I am wilting. The bugs are horrendous and the sweaty look is not working for me any longer. Our electric bill is going to be approximately $267,352.46 this month (according to my calculations) from running the a/c units at full blast and my poor doggie doesn’t even want to be outside. I am done.

With that said, I have been noticing all sorts of ways people around me are trying to beat the heat. Facebook is exploding with pics of people in their pools, there are sprinklers coming alive in backyards and when my mom went looking for an additional a/c for her cottage, she came up empty handed.

I visited my mom at her cottage yesterday and we set to work trying to get the place back in shape after some major renovations. (The cottage was hit by the flood last year). We worked pretty hard all day. During our breaks, we would try to sit outside in the shade (which was still HOT). I would then stare at the river (across the street) and attempt to “will” a breeze to blow across it and then my way. It worked once. There were all sorts of boaters and kayakers (not a word?) on the river. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was any cooler being on the river. No shade and you had to work to move the boat or kayak. Not sure, but they seemed to enjoy themselves and that’s all that matters.

I can’t wait until this heat wave breaks (hopefully tomorrow). The only things in the garden that are happy right now are the tomatoes and purslane. The onions really don’t care and the peppers are just now starting to complain. The rest of it…well…has seen better days. We are watering, but they need some real rain and a dip in temps at least down to the 80’s. Cross your fingers with me? Thanks!


About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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8 Responses to HOT!!

  1. Don’t you just want to nap on those hot, hot days!!! It’s finally hot here in Eastern Oregon. I hate to say it, but I’m actually kind of excited about it. (Let’s see if I’m still singing that tune in a week or two) So we’re on our way to the river for a maiden voyage with the boat. I have a feeling we’ll be in the water all day!
    Hope you get some cool weather soon!

    • I welcomed the hot weather two weeks ago. If it would come with some rain now and again, I don’t think I’d mind it near as much. But 92 to 102 heat with no rain for this long is just draining. Have a great time boating!

  2. christine says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m counting the days until October and seriously considering a cross-country move. To somewhere with mountains. And snow.

    • We have mountains. And snow. And apparently heat waves during the summer like we were in the tropics. Ick!!

      • christine says:

        Well that’s not good. I was hoping for Vermont or Maine. Apparently even snowy, mountainous places aren’t safe from awful tropical heat. Do you have to fight with humidity?

      • The humidity has been horrendous, which of course brings with it black flies, gnats and mosquitoes. It has been awful. Looks like we’re going to be 10 degrees cooler today though. Yay!

  3. Little Sis says:

    We are in the same place mentally. Yesterday was when I finally completely lost my sense of humor about this whole thing. Enough already.

    • Yep. I actually almost had a breakdown myself in the garden as the gnats were covering my knees and I was pulling lettuce that bolted from the heat. The grasshoppers are dining on anything that’s doing semi-well and I certainly don’t like hearing the grass crunch as I walk to the garden. Enough already is so very right!

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