Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Inferno Days

June opened up the furnace on Arizona.  To be fair, May was exceptionally nice in the weather department.  It was 112F this week but I don't feel like I can complain because I heard it was 120 in Phoenix.  Once, when I lived in Yuma, it was 123.  It's not much difference to me if it is 110 or 120.  As long as I can hide inside I'm fine.  The humidity is beginning to creep up in anticipation of the summer rains.  40% humidity probably doesn't sound like much to most of you but I can tell that the evaporative cooler is not working as well and my hair is getting bumpy waves in all the wrong places.  There's even a 20% chance of rain tomorrow through Saturday.  I call it "ponytail season" for the next 8 weeks because my hair won't hold a curl from the curling iron and it will look like I just rolled out of bed.  The only way to make it look half decent is put it in a ponytail.  I also get the urge to chop it short this time of year, as if cutting off the bumpy waves would help somehow.  I've tried it before, it doesn't help.

My wild and crazy sunflower.
Last Saturday was nice.  I got up early, fed the dogs, watered the plants, and went back to bed.  Around 1pm, I decided to get my errands done.  First stop, Goodwill.  I was looking for a dress or skirt for the upcoming wedding.  I found one dress for $4.  Next, the hardware store for one more gallon of yellow paint and 3 more turnbuckles for the barn-shed tie-downs.  Then, the feed store for turkey food for my quail.  I should be keeping track of how much my quail cost me but I haven't done it.  I can't remember when I bought the previous bag of food.  With the errands done, my nephew and I watched The Matrix because he had never seen it. 

My nephew needs 20 hours of day driving experience and 10 hours of night driving at the minimum.  We have plenty of day driving time but the night driving time is harder to get because it doesn't get dark until 8pm and I don't like going out at night.  So far we have 4 hours.  It is going to take some effort to get those last 6 hours since he is going to visit family for 3 1/2 weeks and I want him to get his license before school starts on July 22nd.  If that doesn't happen, guess what?  We'll be going out to the mobile home again so he can ride the bus until he gets his license.  It wouldn't be that bad but it is a pain to have to pull the window A/C's in every time it rains at the mobile home.  I prefer to not do that again.  It's only the window in his bedroom that has that problem.  If I built an awning over it, it would probably fix the problem.  Oh, and if I used something to block above the A/C unit that was waterproof instead of a piece of paneling inside a garbage bag.  But, really, if he gets his license in time, we can stay at the house and won't have any of those problems.

Ok, enough rambling.  I'm hoping to take Friday off so that my sister can help me finish painting the barn-shed.  It will be nice to get that done before the rain.


Lizzie@her MFW Homeworld said...

As always I dont feel i can moan about my weather here now!
Good luck with the driving. Live will be a lot easier with that sorted

Dave said...

Looks like there will be a pretty big difference in both your life and your nephew's life depending on whether or not he passes his driving test. I hope any pressure doesn't get to him.

After a few mildly warm days last week here in NY, the weather has been really great! Highs around 75, lows around 60, low humidity, not very windy. Care to visit New York? Let your nephew drive (if he gets his license)!

Daizy said...

We are doing our night driving practice. It certainly makes my evenings more exciting!

Daizy said...

He doesn't seem to be bothered by the pressure. Must be nice! 75 sounds great. The forecast for this weekend is 117. Unfortunately I will miss the record breaking temps since we are going north for a wedding.