Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dog Daze...

If there was ever a time I enjoyed summer after reaching adulthood, I don't remember it. I am not a person for extremes -- and the summer HADES handed out each year and then unremitting freeze of winters are not for me. Though truth be told, at least in the winter one can usually get comfortable eventually. Not so padding around in the summer, unless you spend the entire season in some air-conditioned cocoon. I'm not much for air-condition, but it's a requirement when the temps hit the triple digits.

Mostly I have kept a low profile as the temps careen off into the hundreds. I learned the hard way last summer in June that my kidney remnant doesn't respond well to an over-heated body. My tongue has been dark as a chow dog's the past two weeks, and the metallic taste in my mouth tells me my remnant can't regulate my body as it needs to. Since I have spent the last three weeks having blood work and last-minute dr. appts to get the 'all clear' for the remnant surgery and then transplant scheduled at Emory this August, I am not going to over-tax myself and get into an emergency situation before the surgeries. 

So having both our a/c units out at the same time was a crisis situation. Eventually, after two weeks, the unit in the main part if the house was fixed, mostly -- the service rep warned us we needed to pump an additional $300 into it to shore up a leak...not that it's going to happen soon after shelling out $500  -- but the other unit in our bedroom addition is FUBAR. It has been a lemon since it was installed 8 years ago, and after spending $900 two summers ago, it grates on my last nerve that it needs a new compressor. The rep admitted the manufacturer realizes this model sucks (unfortunately, not hot air into cool), and the manufacturer is willing to replace it with a $5000 unit for $1200. Which may as well be $12,000 when one doesn't have it, and they are unwilling to let it be paid out in two or three installments. At least we can sleep in the guest room until we figure out a plan, or sell something. The editing I'm working on and the horse Excy is training won't sustain that amount. The cats are confused, though, and despite the intense heat still sleep on the screen porch off the bedroom until they are forced back into the main part of the house. Cats don't do change well. I wish the Universe would leave us alone and pick on someone else so my last weeks before having to live in Atlanta for six to eight weeks would be drama-free. Now there's a concept.

Despite the horse picnic/fundraiser last Sunday occurring on the first day the temps hit 105 degrees, we all had a great time. We started at 5:30 in the afternoon to dispel some of the heat, and the constant breezes from the hills and pond made it bearable as long as you were under the pavilion or a shady tree. The two guitarists were great, the Food Truck was outstanding, and the mustangs milled among the guests so there were plenty of photo ops. About 50 folks showed up. 

The sweet stray cat who has been living on our front porch for a month and sleeping on the swing at night didn't find a home, unfortunately. But there were so many friends milling in and out of the house that weekend it seemed every time I turned a corner, Frodo would be wandering up a hallway, pleased as punch to be inside the house, despite the tremendous heat. I think the other cats were so startled to see him inside, they never hissed at him. I hope to find him a home, and if we don't he may eventually become a studio cat. But I've got enough on my plate that for now it's not a pressing concern. 


Mrs. Tuna said...

I'm sorry to hear of your struggles. I'm going to think positive thoughts for you.

Ron said...

Hi! Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for dropping by my blog earlier. Nice to meet you!

"Though truth be told, at least in the winter one can usually get comfortable eventually. Not so padding around in the summer, unless you spend the entire season in some air-conditioned cocoon."

I sooooooo agree with you. It's much easier to get warm than it is to get cool. I know most people adore summer, but I'm much more a fall and winter person.

It's ironic how many of us here in the U.S. are experiencing extreme heat right now. Today it was 100 degrees here on the east coast.

The best to you with your surgery!

ReformingGeek said...

I will also send positive thoughts. You need an upward spiral!

I don't like extremes, either. I have a hard time getting warm when it's really cold. My hands and feet are always cold. But, these summers when it stays in the hundreds are also miserable.

Purrs to your kitties and I hope things cool off soon!

Ms. A said...

I remember when I was young, I never gave the heat a second thought. Not now. I dread the summers. Try to stay cool and as healthy as possible. You know I'm thinking about you and praying for you!

Anonymous said...

My concept of the perfect day is 65 degrees with a slight breeze. Too bad I'll be a Floridian until the hubby goes senile or his boat sinks.

Laoch of Chicago said...

I am rooting for the stray cat. I hope you find him a good home.

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Furry Bottoms said...

Hi!!! Thank you for visiting my blog today!! I had a good chuckle at your friend costume freaking the cat out LOL

You are so right that at least in winter you can get comfortable. You can't get away with the heat even if you're stark naked.