Thursday, April 26, 2012
I'm positive Brien has been ready to turn the a/c on many days this month. It's true, the temps inside were creeping up past 85, but I knew we could manage. Heck, if I could manage--me, the original melty kid--the rest of them could. ;o)
Growing up in the mountains of southwest Virginia, most people didn't have a/c let alone central heating and air. Talk about a luxury! We had hot days (all of almost 90 for a high at the peak of summer), but the nights were wonderful with temps dropping into the upper 50's to low-mid 60's. If you could survive the heat and stifling-ness of your stuffy house for a few hours, you would be granted a reprieve after sunset.
Some houses had window-mounted a/c's, in rooms that could be closed off so one room was like a refrigerator and everyone would congregate in there on particularly beastly days (of course, given what I know now, there were no beastly days...;oP). I remember the joy of walking into a grocery store and feeling instantly chilled to the bone. Oh, the frigidness inside, and then, to open one of the giant freezers...
We were rather poor so our cars did NOT come with a/c. The joke was we had 2/45 a/c--two windows down at 45 MPH. Hee hee. Everyone was windblown and mussed and there was nothing better than getting out, driving down the highway and feeling that wind. Of course, conversation was tricky because you had to practically shout to be heard, but that was okay.
Nobody wanted to be inside if they could help it since inside quickly became stifling. Kids all begged to go to the creek, the swimming hole, the pool, or to run through the sprinklers. I would have lived at the creek or pool if I could have.
Nowadays, folks have central air (which is a true blessing here in southeast Virginia and the rest of the south. Boy howdy, everything moves slower in the south because it's so stinkin' hot!!) and kids don't live at the pool like they once did. I think they're all chillin' in the a/c playing video games or something. I know I have a hard time leaving the house when it's miserable outside. And, given my whiney-ness when it's so hot and icky out, I understand.
However, I'm making a change this year. Last year my goal was to keep my hanging baskets alive all summer. I did it! This year, it's to crank the thermostat to 75 at minimum and to leave the house every day. Gulp! I've made the second part of this easy for myself by joining a nearby neighborhood's community pool. Like I just wrote, kids don't go to the pool like they used to, and many pools aren't used like they once were so many of the local neighborhoods offer a chance to join their pool for the summer.
Not only did I join the pool, but I signed up Lil for their swim team. Girlie needs to learn to swim and what better way to do so than to be at the pool for at minimum 45 minutes every day from the end of May to the beginning of August? Before I signed her up, I asked if it was okay she couldn't swim. The nice lady told me that was how both her sons learned to swim. Sweet!!
So, I'm harkening back to my youth this year--days spent at that pool, warm in the house (although I think I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven if our house was only 75 in the late afternoon, lol) and an attempt to enjoy summer and all it has to offer.
1. I'm not 100% positive, but I'm fairly certain Lil threw something in the washer and started the machine. I don't know if she put in detergent, though. ;o)
2. Signing up for swim team and a pool membership.
3. Big hugs from Miss Bean. She can be so affectionate one moment and such a stinker the next. Gah!
4. Ten Minnit for dinner. Sometimes you just need Chinese carry-out.
5. Texting with Jori. I haven't "chatted" with her in days and missed her!
6. My girls truly love one another. I know Bitty doesn't much like Beanie sometimes, but she does love her. The sound of the two of them laughing and playing together this evening was music to this Mama's heart. Yesterday Ellie started crying when Lily went tearing off down the street with Sydney to go to her house to play. Bev said Lil got the most anguished expression on her face and I saw her come racing back to Ellie to hug her, kiss her and tell her she would be home later. If one of the girls is hurt and crying, the other one comes running over to be with her and check on her, wearing a very worried expression. They may not always like one another, but there's some real love there.
7. Brien found this $5000 toilet today. Go ahead, check it out. I'll wait here. So, what did you think of those crazy features? That is one insane potty, that's all I'm sayin'.