The middle of summer…hot, hot, and more hot. So, what do I spend my time doing?
Watering the lawns. That seems logical since it is hot. Even on a 6,000 square foot lot, most of it covered with house, driveway, patio, walkways, there is still lots of watering to do. We are allowed to water three days a week, and I take full advantage of those times.
What doesn’t make sense is all the baking and cooking I’ve been doing. It’s hot, the AC runs all day. We have fans in every room to help keep the house cool. And yet, I run the oven at 400 degrees and bake. I had an assortment of items to bake for after-church coffee fellowship. Then a friend called and told me she had vanilla ice cream and root beer left over from an event she hosted on Thursday and I could serve that at coffee fellowship. I stopped the baking. The root beer floats were a huge hit today. My other goodies were enjoyed, too, especially the watermelon cup, but the root beer floats were definitely a winner. We decided we would do that again.
On another day I cooked peach jam for a couple of hours, making the house warmer than necessary. I had bought about 8 pounds of soft peaches at the farmer’s market so they had to processed immediately, and I had already filled my small freezer with strawberries and blackberries. Jam was my solution for the stone fruit.
As for other things I’ve been doing in the heat–going to meetings in buildings that have no air conditioning. Now, what kind of crazy is that? On two different occasions I went out in the evening (not my best time of day) to meetings I had been asked to attend, thinking I would have something to contribute due to my work as a chaplain in a school in the ‘hood. One was in a gymnasium that had a swamp cooler on a 105 degree day. No way that cooler could cool that much space. The second meeting, in a downtown historic hotel, had more people in attendance than expected, in a ballroom with no air conditioning of any kind and no sound system. It is hard to talk over 200 people. I didn’t stick around very long. There was nothing I could offer at either meeting.
I’ve learned my lesson about meetings. Someone said to me, “you’re more of a ‘boots on the ground’ type of gal, not a ‘meet, greet, eat’ kind of person. I like to get things done, not talk about doing things. And I like to get things done early in the day. Especially when it’s hot.