Since our a/c went out Sunday morning, we've been living in mid 80s temps in the house while outside it was 90 yesterday. And humid and sticky! I've noticed that it definitely makes us more lethargic and crabbier- for me, at least. I'm trying to appreciate the good things about experiencing discomfort! "Character you can't buy," as Tim would say. But I don't feel like doing much of anything. I'm hanging laundry out back to avoid using the dryer. And forget cooking! We used the money we saved by waiting until the normal work day to get it fixed on going to the pool and out to eat yesterday. If I didn't have to wait for repair guys we'd definitely be enjoying a place outside the house with a/c today!
I've also thought about the good aspects of this. It feels like we are back at the cottage we spent our vacation at last August. Fans blowing in the house, windows open. We are more connected to nature (but we still get to keep our home comforts, mostly). I saw a hummingbird for the first time on the side of our house, where I have these big tropical cannis plants. We never have those blinds or window open because it's the hot side of the house- until today. It was such a beautiful sight, and I even got to share it with Allison!
Last night as I was trying to fall asleep in 85-something degrees, I was thinking about how little energy I had to organize and clean and deal with all the clutter that has piled up lately. I just felt like it didn't matter! All that clutter was good for nothing when the heat was keeping you moving slowly- that I had just enough energy to cook, do dishes, and hang laundry, that I didn't need all this extra useless stuff around to deal with. Like the important things in life were clearer when it became harder to do regular everyday things.
Off to hang some laundry! And soon, the decluttering will begin again...