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.