Our office closed early on Wednesday, so I beat a hasty retreat home - and turned on all the fans. It was a bona fide heat wave with high heat indexes and it was HUMID. My least favorite combination. Once the sun started to sink, I fired up the oven and baked my two pies for the library fundraiser - rhubarb custard. One of my favorite recipes and easy-peasy. Once they cooled (took hours), into the fridge and the dogs and I were trying to sleep in front of the fans.
|IN the sun? "Slimmie"?|
|Even with 93% humidity, The Pat|
must be covered. It makes me want
to break out in hives.
Friday was up to VT for errand-running, change getting, a short parental visit, and back to start sorting out and putting out the yard sale stuff. It did not help that the heat wave persisted. Thanks to my own genetic makeup, compounded by Doxycycline, I could only spend about 10 minutes at a go outside, before having to retreat and cool down. That made the set-up process excruciatingly long and frustrating. Have I mentioned that I get cranky in humidity? Ditto Saturday, where it was even more humid, if that was at all possible without rain. Speaking of which, in the middle of the day, a cold front moved through and there was much racing around with tarps and bungee cords. I managed to get everything battened down before the rain.
|Nightly "Cheezies" - the big blue one|
is mine. The little, bitty cheezie is Slimmie's.
The morning of the yard sale dawned gloriously un-humid and cool. Birds sang. Winds wafted. I ran around like a maniac. I was almost set up when 1) my sister arrived (yay!), 2) my neighbor arrived with even more 'junk' (erm), 3) a 24' flashy motor home pulled into the driveway. Luckily, they arrived early, so I had time to talk, laugh, show them around, and hug my cousin mercilessly. Then they were off and my sister stayed for a visit, while we waited for the crowds. And waited. The bad news was that very few people showed up. The good news was that I got a lot of weeding done! I positioned myself under the big fir tree in my front yard and weeded as long as I could take the sun, then flopped in a chair and listened to my audio book. I gave the dogs marrow bones (frozen, so they could gnaw on them and cool down at the same time), infused some filtered water with mint, made some cold brew, tidied up here, tidied up there. Twiddled my thumbs. Sighed mightily. I finally had to call it quits, as far as sitting outside, shade or not, and went in to do housework. I figured the dogs would sound the alarm should anyone arrive.
|Cukes weeded - except for the middle.|
I also received news over the holiday that another close friend has ended a chapter in her life - she will be staying with us for a few weeks, while she works out her next adventure. She comes with her bestie, Fae, an 11 year old fluffy, four-pawed girl dog. It will be interesting to see how I do, going from semi-feral, semi-hermit to roomie. And how the pups do with a new face in the pack. Given that Rosie is the personification of positive energy and sunshine, I think I will do fine. I can always hide in my room!