We had the hottest day of the year again this week, then again, then broke the record again. It was 104 on Mon. and Tues., then 106 on Wednesday & Thurs. Broken only by the storms on Friday & Saturday, when it dropped 35 degrees before my very eyes. Today, Sunday, it's so far only in the 80's, so perhaps we won't get into triple digit heat at all.
Next weeks forecast looks cooler, day and night. I've not used my heater in over a week, and, in fact, have kept the fan on. But, if they are correct about the nighttime temperatures getting down into the 30's, that may change.
Either way, I think that we need to face that we were plunged into summer nearly 2 months early.
It was scary that Tilde essentially had heat exhaustion this week, or perhaps even heat stroke. She had been fine, hanging out with Dh, who was in the chicken run. She fell asleep in her favorite sunning spot, we think, and when Dh looked over, she was panting hard, her tongue was too pink/red, etc.
I would say that she was just over-heated, but it took her over an hour to recover with cooling measures and other attention. And, it was still morning! I'm still wondering if she just doesn't understand heat here, compared to our old yard which was under tree cover, and surround by forest on 3 sides. Plus, it's a fact that the most heat related illnesses happen at the beginning and end of the summer.
It was like wild kingdom this week, in a buggy way. We have had more bugs in the house than I want to think about. A ton of earwigs keep coming in. They can't live here, due to the cement, but I don't want them in here in any case, so we made up and set traps.
Also, we've had at least a billion spiders suddenly. Okay, maybe not a billion, but it feels like it, because these are really large. Like the earwigs, it seems to be breeding time for jumping-type spiders and tarantulas. (Thankfully, these cycles tend to be short.) At least a couple were Redwood Tarantulas. All are large - with the basic tarantula bodies, and super fast! How anything that large can move that fast, I don't know.
We did find a single frog in the living room on Thursday night, which we removed to the pond. They don't do well on cement, either, and then there are cats, so out he went.
And, on top of those, there have been larger moths, wasps, lizards, etc.
The guy who has helped us in the past, came over this week. He was available one day, so we hired him to do 2 tasks that really needed doing, but that Ds was not ready to take on. I'm glad that he was available. One, was dragging the poly pipe up the hill to the water tanks. He came at 1, so that it had had time to heat up in the sun, which means that you can work with it. Ds is still going to have to go up there and hook it in, but it's a start.
Second, he went down to the fields with Ds, who met him here, and lifted the cement bags for him. Then, Ds showed him where we needed an area dug next to the well, and the cement made and poured, with rebar in it. So, that got made.
There's a metal loop sticking out of the cement. That's to connect the small generator to, so that when we are running it for the day to pump the water up here to fill the tanks, someone can't just pick it up and walk off with it. It's not impossible to steal, nothing really is, but it makes it a lot of trouble, would take a lot more time, and hopefully would discourage someone, or give us time to discover it before it's removed.
I've had the items, like the cement and rebar, for a while now, so it was nice to finally have it put in place. Actually, it should be cured enough to use now. I'm looking forward to running it for 8 hours at a time to start the filling process.
I seem to be busy every day. We keep sorting things, but barely make a dent, and I've been replacing the smaller items for the escape pod, so rearranging it is a priority.
We've been planning with the kids what to do in case of an evacuation. We've come up with going to their place if it's here, or them coming here if it's there. That way, if the evacuation is expanded (It's unlikely to stay just one place or the other because we don't live all that far apart.) we are together, and can caravan to safety as a group, if all goes well.
If we don't start off in one place, and the highways are closed so that we can't get together right away, we are choosing where to meet south, north, and west, depending on the situation. East is unlikely, as it's a fire trap. So, that's one or two places north, at least 2 to the south, and one west, at the coast. I told Ds that, once it's decided, I need maps printed out for my bag.
I hate even thinking about this, but it's perhaps less stressful than not being proactive, and doing nothing.
They have new things to consider with a 1 year old. We've decided that a folding playpen (which, by the way, don't look like the ones that we had when our children were small, or we were.) is going to be needed as a safe place and bed for the baby, since we don't know what kind of ground there will be, etc.
We're also rotating food and medications in the escape pod, or expanding on it. I'm thinking of an ice chest, which can hopefully be filled somewhere, wherever we land. And, I have to replace the pots, plates, etc. in the pod. Ack!
Well, enough of that, but it has been taking some of my time this week.
This week, since he was here for part of a day, Ds went into where the main plugs are/will be, and set up my DVR to be able to not go off as soon as there's a power cut.
One problem with the small generator, is that every time it baubles, say when the ice box kicks on, the DVR is cut off, and has to reboot, taking several minutes. Not only is that not good for it, but if I'm taping something, it stops taping for that time. None of this is a problem with the big generator, but the reality is that we're using the small one more right now.
It will only buy us a couple of minutes to get the power restored, but that will probably be enough in most cases, and if it's just a bauble, it will definitely be enough. So, that's a small but helpful improvement.
How was your week?
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