This is the part of summer every year I start dreaming of cool breezes, pumpkins and being comfortable outside in long sleeves. You can come to my house and hear Christmas music in an effort to feel cooler and rush fall just a bit. When I start feeling the urge to see trees change, I know we are in the dog days of summer, and I still have another 60-90 days of heat.
It usually feels about 5 to 10 degrees warmer outside than the thermometer quotes and I resort to keeping my house dark to keep the hot out. We close the shutters and curtains at about 10 am and I don't open them back up until dusk or so in order to keep the temperature and cost of cooling the house down.
The problem is that I LOVE natural light. It's the one complaint I have in every place I live. "There should be another window here, here and here. And please, can we get a skylight here?" I guess today I should be thankful that we don't have another window to cover up. It would be too depressing. Much like this post. Sorry guys--I'm sick of the heat.