OK, I hate the heat. Miss Bloggypants talked about the heat in her home state of Nebraska and I literally began sweating as she described it.
And though she’s a great writer, it wasn’t because her writing was so realistic. It was because IT’S HOT OUTSIDE!
Actually, as I write this, it may have cooled off. There’s tons of heat-lightning but nary a drop of rain. So far. And I’m not holding my breath.
At least it’s windy which gives the illusion of cooler air if nothing else.
So, in my “odor” (say that with a French accent) to the hot weather (see what I did there…see, if you sweat too much then you may have your own odor…get it? Pretty funny, right?)
OK, maybe not my usual level of side-splitting humor, but cut me some slack…I’m tired. My husband has been seemingly put in charge of a fairly-large painting project at church. I told him we could paint for a little bit this afternoon. We took the boys (and our lunches) and a friend of ours met us over there at 11:30.
Our friend left at 6 (because we knew his wife was at home waiting for him to take her on a date); we left at 7. Oh yes…paint prep, painting, and then clean-up…and it took 7.5 hours.
So yeah, it was a little more than “a couple hours”. But who’s counting when you’re having fun?
This chick…she was counting.
So though it doesn’t fit the theme, I shall begin my list with the one of these things that’s not like the others:
1. I am thankful that we finished painting the largest room in the project AND the PBA were huge helpers for about 6 hours of the 7.5 hours we were there. They painted, they helped clean up and put the classroom back together. With minimal complaint. It was beautiful. I wish you could have all witnessed it.
Now for my “tribute” to hot weather:
2. I am thankful for air-conditioning. I used to think I wanted to live in Laura Ingalls Wilder days…NOPE. I have re-thought that whole thing. I only want to live in times in which I have air-conditioning. As the Good Lord intended.
3. I am thankful for free ice cream. The PBA are forever asking to me to take them “someplace special”. And Friday was the day. I had two coupons for free small dishes of custard at Culver’s. How much more special is that?
4. I am thankful for a neighborhood pool…especially now that we can go during the day when we finish our work before public (and even private) school kids. We DON’T go then, but we could. That’s all that matters.
5. I am thankful that while I may not look fabulous in shorts and a sleeveless shirt, I don’t typically scare young children when I wear them and can deem them attire appropriate to wear in public. When it’s hot, especially.
6. I know this seems odd, but I am secretly thankful that the lawn is dead so we don’t have to mow. OK, I don’t like that the yard is dead…it looks awful. But scratching “mowing” off the list is something I am glad about. Any way to cross an item off the list, right?
7. Have I mentioned that I’m thankful for air-conditioning?
8. I am thankful that when I go to soccer practice, it is not my own, personal practice. So if I am the one to take the 12yo to practice, I opt to sit in the shade and watch from afar. Also, there is typically a nice breeze sweeping across those nice open soccer fields. Note to self: don’t wear cute sundresses to practices anymore.
9. I am thankful for ceiling fans because they make air-conditioning feel even cooler. And I can run the air at a higher temp and still feel refreshed. Whoever invented ceiling fans was a genius.
10. And speaking of genius, have I listed air-conditioning yet?