Sunday, July 15, 2007

The mercury is rising and the humidity level right along with it. I tried (and was mainly successful) last winter to not complain when it was cold. I remembered how miserable I was during the hottest days of summer - how I wished for the cold days to come. We are fortunate to have an abundance of quilts around the house. When the days turn cool it's easy to make a hot beverage and cuddle up under the day's favorite quilt. If that doesn't work, the furnace works nicely to take the last of the chill out of the air.
So now the days are warming up - a little more each day. We do not have air conditioning in our home. I follow a time-tested, daily routine of opening and closing windows and their shades depending on the time of day and position of the sun. With the addition of some fans and open doors to catch any breeze, the house stays comfortable until the latest part of the afternoon. That's when I'm ready to complain. Complaining doesn't really help. I have taken to picking up some handwork and moving outside. It does feel better out there. Still I want to complain. I'm hot, my skin feels sticky. And then I go to the store and I find . . .
THIS! Ahhh - the delicious tastes of summer fruits. I can't stop myself from wanting to buy it all. Rainer cherries, strawberries, blueberries, nectarines and peaches - they all came home with me. Honestly it's far more than two people can consume. I'll cut up and freeze what we can't get through before it spoils, then I'll go back and buy more.
I'd complain some more about the heat, but my mouth is full.

18 comments:

Susie said...

We made a trip to our local produce stand and loaded up on fresh fruits.
Like you, way too much, but all sooo good!
We aren't having the dreadful heat, but when we do, I follow your routine, since we don't have a/c either.
xo

Linda_J said...

My husband may be an absolute idiot on how to properly use an a/c but at least we have one though the dead ants tried to sabotage that a couple Sunday's ago, LOL. Poor Libby!

My parents just got central air installed but still use their attic fan to do much like you do in the early morning hours. Some days it is enough--others, bring on the cool!

You are making me hungry with the fruit and tomatoes. I brought home some Rainers and some Campari tomatoes or I would be drooling on the monitor. Recipe sounds wonderful---I know I had one from Southern Living or Cooking Light that was similiar but you uncoiled breadstick down and smushed it together to form the crust on it rather than use a pie shell. I remember maybe some caramelized onions on it though. Okay, that taste will drive me crazy too, LOL.

Linda_J said...

make that breadstick dough, for pete's sake. Learn to proof read, Linda!

joyce said...

We don't have AC either and when it (rarely) gets unbearable we move to the basement room. I agree that winter is easier with quilts and furnaces. I just bought some Ranier Cherries. They are outstanding!

Guðrún said...

Yummy fruits, and strawberries my favorite fruit.

Linda said...

I feel for you Libby, we've reached a heat index today of 105F, which I find difficult to understand so I'll just stick to Celcus which I'm used to, heat index of 40C, way too hot, and silly me I've been outdoors all afternoon putting the first coat on the rocker. Such delicious fruits, all my favorites. Enjoy them and try and stay cool. Oh and by the way we don't mind you complaining....

meggie said...

OH YUM!

Della said...

Libby, I very much like the flag quilt draped on the old door at the top of your blog page. Do you have the pattern for that quilt? Or perhaps you have another flag quilt pattern you could share.

Bonnie said...

Those Rainer cherries are so wonderful I can't stop eating them. I ate a whole quart the other night instead of supper.

I admire you for living without A/C. I don't think I could do it. I'd probably live in my basement which stays pretty cool.

Wishing you comfortable days......

Marcie said...

Fruit slush and popcicles Libby! If ya gotta be hot it might as well taste good!

Beth said...

I'm with you, I don't like the heat either, and add the humidity into it, ugh. I find it easier to stay warm than cool. We have A/C, but we don't like to use it because like everything else in SoCal, that makes for a very large bill. I hope we have a short summer this year! Those Ranier cherries are the best! The only good thing about summer is the fruit!

Judy said...

We were discussing this last night at dinner...your cooler temps out there, with our Uncle whose in town again from Santa Ana, CA. He doesn't have AC either. I would have broken down years ago and installed it. I don't like sticking to myself or the furniture. I vote for shutting up the doors and shades and flipping on that portable ac in the den on the worst days to get a small amount of coolness in the air. Hopefully it won't last too long. It will be 95 and above here all week!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

What a nice haul you made at the store!! Looks yummy!

Yes, the heat is here now too, we have had such a mild spring/summer for Texas, but that is gone and its just hot now... the humidity with all this rain has been...whew... but the good news is everything is just simply beautiful green and lush with all the rain, usually by now its burnt brown here...

Wendy said...

Gotta hate that sticky summer feeling but LOVE the delicious summer fruits. I always buy more than we can eat but just the same I love every bite. Local blueberries are out now and I always buy some to freeze for muffins and pancakes later.

atet said...

Oh yum, yum, yum! Combine that with your tomatos and you've got some seriously good eating!

Finn said...

Gorgeous picture..love the bowl and the cherries. I saw some that I think were THAT particular type, last week, but am not familiar with them. We generally have the dark Michigan cherries sold here. Altho WI grows a fair amount also.

Sorry to hear it's heating up, guess that goes with the calendar...LOL, you can always look at my snow pictures from the winter months, thats what I do, or play Christmas music. Hugs, Finn

Patti said...

I'm with you - I can't stand the heat. I hate that hot, sticky feeling. I awoke several times last night to listen to blessed rain falling. It is still a bit humid but in the 70's - so much better. Our garden is enjoying the much needed drink, and my web feet aren't drying out so badly now!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I feel for you Libby. Just wait for the summer here and I will be complaining long and hard. Good to see you have an effective and hard working squirrel patrol in place. Here it is birds that dare to land on Swampy's lawn.