Saturday, December 08, 2018

It's just too damn hot

Yesterday, Thursday as I write, was Mother Day. She is back at ABI Brother's as of a week and a half ago. I took her out last Thursday. This Thursday both R and myself went. This makes it awkward as her walker has to go on the back seat of the car, which makes it very cramped for the person who sits in the back, which was me.

She was a quaking, shaking quivering mess when we arrived and could barely walk. She does the theatrics really well. As the day went on she became better and better and after lunch and shopping, we called in at her house on the way back to ABI Brother's place. She needed some jewellery for Sister's wedding and wanted to check on things. For someone who could barely stay upright when we arrived in the morning, by the afternoon she spent 15 minutes in her garden in 35 degree heat, bending over and pulling out weeds, in spite of me urging her not to be so silly.

Hippie Niece called while we were having lunch and she was nearby and joined us and she was pretty good. Big highs and big lows for her. We are always hopeful.

I lost my sunglasses when leaving Mother's House. ABI Brother was there to take her back to his place. I reversed out of the driveway and Brother moved his car in the driveway. As I was about to zoom away, I saw my sunglasses sitting on the concrete driveway path. How they were not crushed by either car, I do now know.

Today, Friday, we bought summer pyjamas for Christmas for the twin babies who have a tall and solid Maori heritage father. They are 18 months old. I was doubtful enough about size four fitting them to buy size five, the size for a five year olds. They are very solid lasses, not fat, just solid. If the jim jams are too big this year, they will be fine next year.

It was 38° here today, about 100 in the old money. As I said, we went into the city today, and there were so many hot men exposing their flesh, I felt quite faint. The building has a core temperature, that any heating and cooling must fight against. Our cooling fought against the heat very nicely today and the core temperature of the building after two days of heat is not that high. Of course you keep the place closed up to the heat outside. Well, we do, but there are some tossers who don't and have their windows open in such heat. I do not understand their thought processes.

Two open looking upwards at the side. Good luck sleeping tonight.


A bit ajar in front of our balcony.


Nope, I do not understand why you would want to let air at a temperature of 38 degrees into your bedroom.

25 comments:

  1. Ok. I am a spoilt American, but aren't there air conditioners in Australia? I am afraid I am too spoilt by them. I lived in Florida for 6 years and I never would have made it that long without central air.
    Now we live in the North, but have window air conditioners for cooling us off.
    Jack is becomming more and more disabled and right now he is using a cane. But he is constantly forgetting his in the house, so I am running up and down stairs. SO I bought him a nice Mahogany one to keep in the car and the Poplar one we have in the house.
    I'm sorry to hear Hippie Niece is suffering so. It makes it tough for her children and the rest of the family.
    I should send you some of our very cold winter weather! It's just -1 C today!

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    1. Maribeth, we have air con everywhere, but not quite everywhere. Regardless, it would be cooler in these apartments with everything closed and a fan.

      I often wonder why Florida is so attractive when it is so hot and humid.

      Mahogany and Poplar. Very classy.

      You being a good bit younger than Jack, it is probably clear that you will outlive him, so that is why I made the comment about indulge him with Chinese.

      Our heat is usually very dry, and so not too hard to bear. I prefer it to minus 1, but thanks for the offer.

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  2. I have seen your temperatures and those River is enduring and shuddered. Some parts of WA are expecting 47 over the next few days. We are in the low to mid 30s and I am a sad, sorry and grumpy mess.
    Glad to hear Hippy Niece is having a good patch. Long may it continue.

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    1. 47 in WA? No way. Oh my. Happy then to be in cool here.

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    2. EC, like the murder of Maria, the heat was quick and it was clean. I think you get dry heat in your city, so it is kind of tolerable and won't last too long. Maybe Hippie Niece will make a good mother when the twins are older, but she is not there yet.

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  3. I'm okay with heat in the day if it cools at night. The last few nights have been gross. So grateful for aircon

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    1. Fen, so pleased to hear you have air con and can sleep well at night.

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    2. Except you don't sleep that well as you Tweet at very early hours.

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  4. I don't like to sleep hot, so my place would be sealed against it, that's for sure.

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    1. Strayer, you must be like me, hot in bed.

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    2. Yes, Andrew I am just like that.

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  5. I believe that 'Ecstasy' was originally designed to make OAP lives happier and more energetic. Is that what you slipped in her drinks?

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    1. Cro, I could not possibly confess to such an accusation, but it I rather wish I had thought of it.

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  6. I'm glad your sunglasses were okay. I have to say though, there's no way I would be pulling weeds in 35C heat, your mother is nuts!
    It's cooler here today and for the next few days too, so you will get the cool change mid week I suppose.

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    1. River, this evening actually. Now it is cold outside. I am very glad my sunglasses were ok. They are not top of the range, but cost more than I think anyone should pay for sunglasses.

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  7. Cheryl6:01 pm

    Ah summer in Australia's hot, cold and frosty is what its not. We have had roller shutters installed and hope we wont need to put the airconditioner on too much if at all this year.

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    1. Cheryl, I will be interested to know if shutters do make a difference. I know even canvas awnings can make a difference. I assume you have a remote control to operate the shutters. What fun!

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    2. Canvas awning outside, thermal lined drapes inside, roller blind in between. As soon as all that was up, the temperature in my non-shaded, north facing lounge room dropped about 10-15 degrees. Now with the airconditioner for summer cooling it's very comfortable inside.

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    3. for "up" read 'installed'

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  8. Everyone has a very narrow range of temperatures that fall in their comfort zone. For my husband, a pale Eastern European, he thrives between 18c-23c. For me, an olive skinned Australian, my favourite days are between 26-33c. I don't know how our marriage has lasted so long :)

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    1. Hels, your marriage has lasted so long because you dearly love each other. My peak operating temperature is between 15 and 20.

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  9. How is it that even your looking up photo made my tum lurch, I hope you weren't too near the edge leaning to look up like that! Last weekend I left my mobile phone on the boot of Aimee's car, she drove off to go to Freo before I remembered where I'd left it.. thankfully she stopped to fill up with petrol and spotted it.. miracle that it hadn't fallen off along the way!

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    1. Grace, I was leaning over the edge but I am ok if I don't look directly down. Congratulate your Aimee on being such a smooth driver.

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  10. The aged do do tricks, one day she won't be doing that.
    It was indeed a warm day for you there in Melbourne, here it was just over 30 deg if I recall, we put the A/C on in the afternoon and turned it off at night, wasn't needed it.

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    1. Margaret, she will be have to be pretty unwell to not do tricks. 30 is plenty hot enough.

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