Monday, July 31, 2006

Dog Days of Summer

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.

18 comments:

Kristie Vinson said...

One thing about a skylight, they let in lots of heat too! I love the natural light too and we look more like the recluses that want nothing to do with neighbors with our windows tightly shut. Maybe that is why I am always sleepy--no light! Keeping windows battened down sure has saved money on the electric bill though!

Melissa said...

I know what you mean. I'm practically counting the days until October! Last week, I turned the radio on & heard Christmas music! I thought I was dreaming, but hoping that somehow I'd slept thru the heat only to wake up in December! (Well, a girl can hope...can't she?) Anyway, I crashed back to earth when I heard the announcer say they were celebrating Christmas in July (it was the 25th).

I'm with you, girl!

Jen said...

OOHH....PUMPKIN CANDLES, CARMEL APPLES, LEAVES FALLING, SCARECROWS, HAYRIDES.....I LOVE FALL, AND MY WINDOWS ARE ALL CLOSED TOO,,AND MY MEAL PLANNING IS AROUND THE STOVE AND OVEN IT MAKES THE KITCHEN TO HOT....BRING ON THE CROCK POTS AND MICROWAVE.
JEN

BooMama said...

This is the time of year when I start saying things like, "It's too hot to live."

And I'm commenting! From home! Because I'm home! At my computer! :-)

Susie said...

I am so with you on this heat thing. I am farther south than you. At least you have a fall and a winter. We usually only get a week of fall weather here in Corpus, which is a bummer because I love wearing jackets and sweaters. I actually wore flip flops last year for most of December. Did I make you feel better?

Big Mama said...

As a fellow Texan, I am feeling your pain. This time of year I start to get the itch for college football, pumpkin patches, cooler weather. Unfortunately, we have miles to go before we get there!

Clemntine said...

Well, a breezy hello from up here in the Great Far North(side of Oklahoma City... )

I was just thinking today of fall-type stuff. The girls and I will be making peach preserves this week to give at Christmas, just doing our part to pull fall along as quickly as possible.

Strangely, the house seemed warmer than usual at dinnertime tonight. I hadn't used the oven (perish the thought!), so I thought it was just that blazing Western sun.

Then I realized that WonderBoy had turned the thermostat to "HEAT"!

ZOINKS!!

Well, we're better now, and WonderBoy has spit-sworn to lay off the thermostat.

Stay Cool!

Sarah said...

You KNOW I'm about to pull out the "fall" music! As Boomama said, it is too hot to live. HAVE MERCY if it doesn't rain soon! I love the Texans in Texas, but I'm not sure I can hate the summer here any more than I already do. It's like a tangible example of Hell, you know?

Kristina P (Live Each Moment) said...

where are you again? tx? We're in oklahoma, but we wre in tx this last weekend at my parents. don't go to crazy on skylights...ours is leaking. i should have added that to my post....(it's leaking WHEN it rains...like it's been raining here...ha,ha)

Amanda said...

I just heard the weather report. It's already almost 88 degrees and it's not even 8AM!!!!!!!!

Robin said...

Susie--I now feel like I shouldn't complain. Not having ANY cold weather would drive me nuts!

Sarah--What exactly is fall music, because I NEED some. =)

Barb said...

I'm afraid I'm one of those people who just has to have the natural light so I pay a little more for electricity. I couldn't stand to keep all my blinds closed. I know everyone's sick of the heat but I always get sad when summer's coming to a close. I'm sure I'd feel a heck of a lot different about it if I didn't have a/c.

holdenon said...

i just want a cheaper electric bill!!!!

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

I'm amazed that timing would have it that I am in Texas more of August than not. It's hot in PA and humid, but not this hot! Whew! I went to Kohls yesterday (in PA) to buy a few more pairs of shorts and they've all been pretty much packed away. The two I did find were d.i.r.t.c.h.e.a.p. since they were next to sweaters and backpacks!

Tammy said...

Here in the northwest our humidity days are rare, so I don't mind summer at all. And the thing I dread about the northwest is all the dark, overcast days, which we see a lot of in winter! So I understand about your need for lots of natural light! Our living room doesn't let in enough light...something I'll be looking carefully at whenever we decide to move!

Paula said...

I hear ya! I just posted about this before checking your blog. Funny. I don't think a heat index of 105 is very comfortable. I to welcome fall, pumpkins, cools breezes, holiday food like pumkin pie, carmel apples and cider. It will be here befor we know it. Until then let's enjoy the indoors, because that is where I'm staying!

theresa said...

Girrrrlll - don't get me started! When I got back from our blogging trip it was 118 degrees!!! And, a record for that day I might add. I also went running yesterday at 1:00pm and it was somewhere around 104 degrees! But, I'm with you...bring on the cool temps.

Chappyswife said...

I am so ready for fall, my favorite time of the year. I have tried not to focus on it, not to wish my life away, but the 100+ degree days are getting old! I understand what you are talking about closing curtains...