If You Were The One Who Left The Doorway To Hell Open, You Can Close It Now !!

It was 111 degrees in my front yard yesterday. The temperature is heading higher and hotter today.

My cat will not get off the air conditioner vent. I think she’s glued to it. Me? I’m with her. I am officially in love with the air conditioner. My husband may soon be able to sue the thing for alienation of affection.

The green grass is turning yellow. Trees are dropping leaves. Vegetable gardens have stopped bearing. You can take a boat to the lake in search of relief, but you’ll end up swimming and water-skiing in what feels like warm bath water. If it’s possible to swim and sweat at the same time, we’re doing it here in Okie-land.

Last summer wasn’t exactly a comfortable experience, either, and I’m beginning to wonder: Is this the new normal?

OG&E has kept the cool on so far. In fact, I am somewhat in awe of how effective the air conditioners in my house and car really are. But Oklahoma’s power grid wasn’t built for Phoenix temperatures. And frankly, neither was I.

If this is the new normal, we’re all going to have to take a look at how we do things. I, for one, will need to re-calibrate my budget if the electric bills I’ve been paying are forevermore. That means giving up other things I enjoy like eating out with friends and buying my lunch at work. Those aren’t big things, especially the lunches. I might be a lot healthier if I did that. Those are do-able changes. Easy stuff. The low-hanging fruit.

But what if air conditioning becomes too expensive? What if the power grid fails to keep up with the demand? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not ready to live through heat like this the way my grandparents did.

I’m too soft. I’m too spoiled. I don’t wanna.

Hopefully, this post is just the rambling of a woman who spent too long out in the sun today. I won’t go into the details, but I got stuck with my 87 year old mother in a car without air conditioning; not for a long, long time, but long enough. I was scared to death Mama would crater. I could just see her falling over in a heat-withered heap of a little old lady. I had horror fantasies of rushing her to the emergency room. I was panicked and guilt-ridden about getting her into this predicament in the first place.

You know what happened? I ended up with a headache. I crawled home feeling like a whipped dog. Mama came through it fresh as a daisy. It didn’t bother her a bit.

Whatever pioneer genes I may have inherited have evidently gone dormant. If this is the new normal, we need to breed another, hardier generation of Okies to take my place.

Me? I’m thinking a summer shack someplace high in the Rockies sounds good. I believe we can pay for it with the money my family won’t be spending on electric bills.

  • http://instinctivephilosophies.wordpress.com Rebekah Durham Hart

    This is exactly why I cannot move back home to Texas. I can barely handle a Georgia summer. The temperature has only passed 100 degrees a handful of times this year and all I can talk about is moving to Maine!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Maine sounds wonderful right now! (I may change my mind next winter.)

  • http:s.com//mcdermottfootcare.wordpress.com McDermott Footcare

    from http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com I know what you mean. Our air conditioning finally conked out on us in June in 103F weather. We panicked, and within 24 hours, we had a new one installed and paid for. Soft, soft, soft! Your mom (and mine) would take it all in stride. What happened to us? BTW, interesting header picture on your blog. Have you explained it
    in a previous post? If not, I wouldn’t mind hearing the story.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I will probably explain the header in one of my posts in the Stop Hate-Voting, etc, series.

      I can’t believe it got to 103F in Canada, btw.

  • billkammerer

    Hey Rebecca! Just a note to tell you that I’m really enjoying your posts… And it’s a cool 104 here in the mountains of California today… Keep cool! :)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Bill! It sounds like this is egg-frying-on-the-sidewalk weather everywhere!

  • http://ournewaussielife.wordpress.com ournewaussielife

    You have pretty much summed up how I felt this past December and January here in Australia. It was 114 degrees some days and the air conditioning worked hard to keep up. I was sweltering, but the local folks here came through it like your mom did!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Enjoy your winter! I’m looking forward to mine!

  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com greenlightlady

    I hope the evening has brought coolness for you all. My husband and I were raised in semi-arid climate but we have gotten used to the West Coast now. We don’t dare go visit his mom in summer… It gets a bit hot here, but we hide out in the basement when it does. Hoping for some rain for the dry places. ~ Wendy

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Wendy! Enjoy the coastal breeze for both of us.

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    Yeah….it’s summer heat like this that makes me wish as a nation we’d adopted the Mexican custom of the siesta. It sure would be nice to find a shady spot out of the direct heat and just nap through the afternoon heat. In that respect, animals are smarter than we are. They sure as heckfire don’t go running around all afternoon when it’s over 100 degrees. They find the coolest spot they can and they nap.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I think a daily siesta would be a civilizing influence on all of us!

  • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

    LOL @ “My cat will not get off the air conditioner vent. I think she’s glued to it. Me? I’m with her. I am officially in love with the air conditioner. My husband may soon be able to sue the thing for alienation of affection.”

    That is too cute! :-)

    I understand. The hotels I have stayed in cannot keep up with the heat it seems – every time I would walk into my room, it seemed stuffy somehow. I kept the air on the coolest setting I could, and it still was not enough.

    Try to stay cool!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      You too!

  • http://dgcree.wordpress.com dgcree

    hi Rebecca I moved from England to Scotland to escape 80 F temperatures for the c-o-o-l 60′s, how s-o-f-t is that !
    To be fair though i have had two heart by-pass ops and I did my stint in Aden where the temps can exceed 120 F :-)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I may move. Would you like a new neighbor?

  • http://ising4God.com ISing4God.Com

    I love it! Reminds me of the days I’d come in from rounding up cattle and stand right in front of the window-mounted air conditioner for a good while, as my grandfather calmly grabbed himself a hot cup of coffee. I am a heat wimp, always have been, always will be.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Your grandfather sounds like me. You sound like me.

  • http://thresholdofheaven.wordpress.com Peter Wiebe

    Hi Rebecca. We are experiencing an unusually hot and dry summer in Southwestern Ontario as well. I confess to being soft as well. I walk from my air conditioned house to my air conditioned car, then to my air conditioned office. Then back again at the end of the day. When we first got married, we lived in a townhouse without air and our bedroom was upstairs. Then, I followed the forecast religiously in the hopes of cooler nights-just so I could sleep. I love pioneer stories, but they were much hardier than I.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Peter, you describe my life.

      : I walk from my air conditioned house to my air conditioned car, then to my air conditioned office. Then back again at the end of the day”

  • http://charispsallo.wordpress.com Charis Psallo

    A lovely 24C (75F in American) here in the Canadian Rockies today. But I won’t gloat, and you can read my weather rant when it’s -30.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton


      Charis, that sounds like a little slice of heaven.

  • http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    My life is one in a temperature controlled environment. Growing up I survived no a/c, we actually did not get air conditioning until 20 years ago. The only other time having a/c was when we lived on post in Florida, even in Georgia, we survived with very little a/c…how I have no idea. The past 20 years I have grown more spoiled and soft. But I am finding out it is not as hard as I thought, I still have my a/c, and we doing without some things and I am even hanging up clothes again – and found I missed the smell of fresh air on clothes. Maybe we are all not as spoiled and soft as we think and as strong Christian woman we will rise to the occasion! After all we all have a bit of Pioneer women in all of us. :) Patty

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Patty, I grew up with a/c too. I guess we were pioneer kids!

  • http://trudymetzger.wordpress.com Trudy Metzger

    Sorry I couldn’t find an email address for you…

    I posted the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ at http://wp.me/pUOds-ET and nominated you as one of my top ten choices for inspiring blogs, I’m hoping it gives my friends opportunity to discover other encouraging bloggers. I also wanted to honour the blogger who nominated me, by passing on the award.

    Be blessed!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Trudy!

  • http://ibeatovca.wordpress.com Connie Doubt

    I remember my grandmother baking biscuits or cornbread for my grandfather in the summer. No AC. Her kitchen must have been 120 degrees. She smiled. She didn’t whine. She did it out of love. She is my hero! I was without AC for a few weeks this summer and could not even come close to her example. I am a wimp, and I don’t see change coming.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Connie, I have similar memories of my mother and grandmother, canning vegetables. They did it late at night to avoid the heat of the day with an enormous pressure cooker and long lines of Mason jars. I, too, an air-condioner-wimp. Thanks for the comment!

  • http://wordpress--churchbus71 Sandra Hartman

    Great post!! Very funny. I live in Illinois and it has been this way all summer. Our grass died long ago and they are just plowing the corn under. I am thankful too for all the modern ways to cool our homes. Not sure how they stood it back in 1936 when it was like this. My dad who would be over 100 if he were still living used to tell me about the heat wave then and how their livestock died from it. Lately though the rains have come. too late for the farmer:( but nice for the other vegetations and now we have below normal temps:)
    Thanx for visiting my simplemeditations blog:)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Hi Sandra! I love you blog. It’s cooler here now, too. As you say, the rains have come. I just hope they persist.