For the next three days, we are in a heat wave here in the Northwest.  The temperatures will reach the triple digits, soaring over 100.  I did note that I will get a few degrees off that high mark because we are in the foothills of the Cascade Mt. Range sitting around 4000 ft., but those few degrees won’t bring much relief.

For the last couple of days, I’ve laid low for the most part, though I ventured out to accomplish something, if only for a few hours.  Yesterday, it was the weed eating.  I was at it for several hours, and although standing and moving from side to side doesn’t seem like a lot of work, it turns out that it is a lot of work.

I generally have a set of work clothes that I use all week for the work around the farm.  At the end of my work day, I hang my work clothes over a beam inside my house so they dry out from any sweat.  I take a shower and put on a loose fitting house dress, and then wonder why I’m just getting around to eating at 9:00 p.m.   I suspect that it has a lot to do with the fact that the sun sets around 8:30, and you find yourself just finishing up your work for the day.

When I was pressure washing down at the horse arena, my routine would be a bit different.  My work clothes would be completely trashed and I wouldn’t be able to wear them another day in that condition.  It that situation, I literally hosed off my clothes, then I would put them in the kitchen sink and soak them in Oxyclean.  After my shower, I would rinse the clothes, ring them out good, and hang them over the beam with the ceiling fan blowing.  More often than not, the clothes would be dry enough to wear the next day, and I would be good to go.

As I make this blog entry, I am seriously contemplating closing all my windows and turning on the AC for the first time.  When I originally was thinking through my tiny house, I wasn’t planning to have AC at all.  But then I realized that would be a big issue with regard to resale value, which could be a problem someday.  Many of you know that I lived summer after summer in Nashville, refusing to turn on the AC.  I had an old unit that just ate up too much electricity and didn’t provide enough cool for me to justify the cost.  It was even worse when it came to heat.  I basically didn’t use the heat pump for 10+ years.

The good thing about a heat wave in Oregon, is the humidity often stays in the 60’s.  That is nothing like the humid heat of the South.  Another good thing is that although the peak doesn’t hit until 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon, the evening temps drop dramatically.  If your high for the day was the mid 70’s, you could count on the low in the 40’s-50’s  The expected lows for the next three days is between 60-70 degrees.  That is not too common for the Northwest.  In Tennessee, if we had triple digit weather, we were content to enjoy temps in the 80’s at night.  The heat would continue to be unbearable.  I truly don’t miss that about Tennessee.  And for all my friends in Tennessee, this is why I never wavered in saying that Summer is my favorite season.  But I was always referring to Oregon, and I was also referring to Summer break.  School will not begin until after Labor Day, so here we are in the dogs days of August, still enjoying every moment of summer.

Old tree beside the road at sunset.

Old tree beside the road at sunset.

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  1. Melissa smith

    August 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Have you turned the ac on? I’m interested in how well it works and how fast it can cool the tiny house. I assume it will be pretty awesome.


      August 21, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Yes, I succumbed to AC on the first of three 100 degree days. I am fortunate that my house is situated in a way, that I get shade from about 2:00 p.m. on, long before the hottest part of the day hits, around 5:00 p.m. That helps a great deal. I ran the AC about 4 hours the first day. For those who don’t know, it cools off rather nicely in the evening in NW Oregon. The temps will return to a normal 70 degrees throughout the evening, so you can open up all the windows.
      Your question about the AC is a good one. I didn’t know how it would perform either. I turned the AC on yesterday when the house was about 85 degrees. Within about 10 minutes, the entire house was comfortable (I also use the ceiling fan). I am very impressed with the cooling ability. I expect that it will be equally easy to heat a tiny house. Our heat wave has passed, and this morning, I am almost a little chilly with all the windows open. I should be fine with the windows open all day again, which has been my norm for the past month or more.

  2. Gene Poe

    August 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Nice write up! Are you sure you don’t want to take over for me on the Secretariat Newsletter…
    Enjoy your summer


      August 21, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Gene, I’ve been there, done that. I was even using bulk mailing at the time. Of course, from this distance, it would be even more challenging. You do a nice job, and I am glad to see social media and technology well represented in that department. Carry on. God will provide someone, though you know, you can never be replaced!

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