I got out early and picked up a few groceries. When I got home, maintenance replaced the part outside and said they think the air conditioning was fixed. They will leave the window unit in for an hour or so to make sure, they told me.

When I was checking out at Walmart, the lady asked how I was, which I always appreciate, and I told her my air conditioner was out. She said hers was too, and her landlord doesn’t want to fix it.

Yesterday afternoon I went to Ace Hardware around the corner and bought one of those tall skinny fans to point at the unit in the hall to try to pull air throughout. What an expensive summer this has been so far.

My next door neighbor said he doubts that outside unit works long because the unit is very old.

I told my daughter that when her husband has a little time, I would like for him to put a unit in my bedroom window for when this happens again. At least then I’d be more prepared and know I could be comfortable in one room.

Because it will inevitably happen again until they replace the ancient outside unit, which management/the owner won’t want to do until they absolutely have no other choice.

red hibiscus

When I went out to water this morning, nearly the whole patio was covered with water. Guess that’s how much humidity it took out of here.

I’m hoping today will be more stress free. I was so worn out and stressed out yesterday it was hard to calm down to sleep. Does that happen with you? Like you just can’t turn off your brain for rest.

I finished “Splinter In The Blood.” I don’t think I’ve even had a chance to mention I was reading it. Finished it last night. So I will be reviewing it soon.

The maintenance guy who works here full time is also a minister (though I don’t know how he finds the time.) I have been giving him a lot of books I’ve finished reading and reviewing to take to his church.

He said as soon as he puts them out, the people there grab them up.

I get the books free for review. My daughter takes some of them. And it’s good to know that others are getting to read them as well.

That’s all the excitement that’s been going on around here. I’m just watering my plants and trying to stay cool.

Speaking of watering, I wanted you to know that the red hibiscus is doing a lot better. For a day or so after I repotted it, it looked a bit stressed. But now it seems that the big pot is giving it some insulation from the bitter heat.

It droops in the sun, but seems to bounce back pretty fast once the sun moves off of it around noon.

Sometimes I happen to look around me and wonder where Abi is until I catch myself. Oh my, how I miss that sweet dog.

Never have I seen a dog with that much personality. The loss of her leaves a big gaping hole in my heart.

She was so rambunctious and funny that she made every day shine. Life is so very quiet without her. She was truly one of a kind.

My life is missing a big piece of it. Everywhere I look there is a memory of Abi.

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  1. Brenda, I still think landlords should be responsible to taking care of the issue or reduce the cost of your rent. I’m assuming you pay your own electric bill, but you still agreed to rent with them because it included the air conditioning. It’s so not right! Anyways, Mr. Cottage said he was going to have our furnace and air conditioner replaced this fall before winter sets in. We still have the original and I think our condos are about 20 years old. Everyone has slowly been replacing theirs and he doesn’t want us to lose heat in the middle of winter. That’s worse than losing our air in the summer, especially here in Michigan.

  2. I am not a big lover of air conditioning, but I definitely understand its importance. I just hate to feel shut in during the summer months. I have all of the windows open and the three ceiling fans going in the morning, and keep it that way as long as I can. Right now for instance, I can hear a cardinal calling outside and it’s so pleasant. But, by mid-afternoon I usually have to shut the windows and turn on the AC. It gets muggy and hot here in central Kentucky.

    Just as you miss Abi’s antics, we miss the behavior of our big old orange cat, Mickey, who died last November. He was such a personable cat. In his later years, he had a very craggy old face and a deep scratchy meow, making him seem like he could be a cowboy in an old western movie. But he actually was sweet and loved to cuddle. Technically he was my husband’s cat, and was so much more attached to my husband that I really didn’t expect to miss him as much as I do. But he was one of those pets that just have a presence about them, just like Abi was.

  3. Our AC went out here in Fl. It got fixed the next day thank goodness. Glad yours is fixed. Stay cool

    Crystal & Dixie

  4. Your A/C is out, too? So is mine! And you know how hot and humid it has been here. Hopefully both our situations will be remedied soon. I can handle it, but my precious kitties are my main concern.
    Glad you are finding all sorts of places for those books.

  5. What in the world is up with the air conditioner problems??

    I had my family here on the Fourth and my air conditioner stopped working. It’s a central air unit attached to my furnace. My son-in-law found a part that was broken and ordered it and received it on Sunday and he put it in. But still the ac wouldn’t stay on after it started. He was out of ideas so we had to call a heating and cooling company. They didn’t come until yesterday and they told me there was no fix to the ac and that if I replaced that I should replace the furnace as it’s so old it could go any time. Also, on the Fourth the kitchen sink drain backed up when I tried to use the garbage disposal. My son-in-law worked nearly all afternoon trying to unclog it but to no avail. Couldn’t get anyone to come before today (Mon.) without paying extra for a weekend call. Finally got it cleared today to the tune of about $300.! Yikes! In addition, the phone stopped taking incoming calls on the Fourth! I was about beside myself for a while. My daughter washed the dishes from the family gathering out on the deck in a big tub and rinsed them with the hose! Seriously, since seeing the cost of a new heating/cooling system I am considering getting two window air conditioners, a couple more fans and calling it good. Except that doesn’t heat the house in the winter! “It’s always something.”—Gilda Radner

    The Hibiscus is gorgeous. I’ve kind of given up on my deck for this year. It’s so hot, everything just wilts and dies.

    You know you have my sympathy for not having little Abi and her BIG personality with you anymore. The grief comes on strong at the most unexpected times, I find.

    Have a good week and give Charlie a little kiss on top of his head from me.

    1. My air conditioner and heat is connected. At least it looks that way. I wouldn’t mind just window air conditioners if I had enough to cover my apartment. I like that the white noise keeps out intrusive noises.

  6. They make free standing portable A/C units now. I just saw them at Home Depot. I don’t know how much they cost, but it could be a better alternative to the one in the window, plus you can put it in any room as you wish! Glad to hear the A/C is fixed no matter how long it lasts. 😉

  7. Fingers are crossed that the air conditioner works…seem to me that there should be laws for landlords that they have to repair essentials appliances. Hope your day goes well.

  8. I think, but am not sure that you can put a hose on the ac unit and capture the water into a bucket, etc. for watering plants. Someone at HDepot should be able to help.

  9. It is very warm here today and quite humid. We had a bit of rain earlier and my plants appreciated it but it seems like it is even hotter after the rain. Hopefully the breeze will pick up this evening. I sure hope your ac is working again; it is just too uncomfortable without it.

    What a beautiful shade of red on that hibiscus; glad that it perked back up in the bigger pot. I know you miss Abi and her huge personality. Our furry babies provide so much love, entertainment, and even give us a sense of purpose. What a void they leave behind when they are no longer with us. So glad that you have Charlie.

    Take care and I hope you are staying cool.

  10. In our first home we had window units and I loved them especially the one in our bedroom. The coolness of the unit along with the hum of the noise made it so nice for sleeping 🙂

  11. I’m sorry to hear the A/C is giving you problems. I too have one of those oscillating fans that I keep in my den (which used to be a screened in porch) and that fan helps keep it cooler along with the ceiling fan. I’ve heard that if your thoughts and worries are keeping you from falling to sleep, that you should get a pen and paper and write them all down and that way your worries will be moved over to that sheet of paper for you to address when you are ready. I don’t know if that works or not, but maybe worth a try. My doctor also recommends NyQuil PM (and I take two pills every night; she said that was fine to do).
    I’m glad you are having iced coffees these days. Plants look beautiful. Keep Charlie boy comfortable.
    Carol and Molly

    1. I take something to sleep. It isn’t that I can’t go to sleep. I just think of her before I do. Yes, iced coffees are wonderful this time of year, Carol and Molly!

  12. I think getting a window a/c is a good idea. I can’t sleep if its hot. Oh yes my brain won’t quiet down many nights and I end up so tired the next day. I’m working on ways to get to sleep better. Happy to hear the hibiscus is doing better. It has been so terribly hot here also. My Grands are on vacation and I miss them. My daughter has been with her Dad while he had surgery and is recovering and still has another week in Denver I would say. I have Mom but I miss the kiddos! I too look for my Charlie even these several years later and miss him. I always will. Hugs!

    1. Have you tried Melatonin for sleep? I take that. A doctor suggested I take it back when I lived in TX

  13. I am glad to hear the ac is (hopefully) fixed and that you are taking the measure of installing a unit in your bedroom. I have central air and also use a fan just to keep the air moving around. Hope you will be settled and comfortable now, as well as less stressed out!

    The bigger pot seems to have done the trick for your hibiscus; it looks lovely.

    It’s generous of you to donate your used books, Brenda!

    1. I am a huge proponent of literacy, so the more books I can give out, the better I feel about reading them.

  14. I have never had central air but our temps are nothing like yours so I never missed it. I have a window unit in my dining room now that I picked up two years ago – I can turn it on from my office about an hour before I go home, using an app on my phone that communicates with the A/C – it works great for me, this way I don’t have to run it all day long. The pups spend the day in my daughter’s room, which is on the lower level and much cooler than upstairs, so they don’t mind!

  15. At the first of June I moved my recliner, tv, and computer into one of my 3 bedrooms. I have a window air conditioner in the window in that room and also I have one in my bedroom. I am hoping that by doing this I have cut back on my electric bill. I cook my supper in the morning before the kitchen gets hot. Then all I have to do is put it in the microwave to warm it up. The a/c in the front part of the house make alot of noise because it is in the front room and it makes it difficult to hear the tv. Plus it seems like it never shuts off. So I have been spending my days in my back bedroom and enjoying it very much.

    1. I don’t have a stove because I had them move it out four years ago so I’d have room for a washer. I use my Breville Smart Oven instead and it doesn’t heat up the place. I love that thing.

  16. Good morning Brenda and Charlie,

    I hope that your air conditioner is fixed. That is an excellent idea getting one of your own for the bedroom, it is always better to be safe than sorry or in that case, hot and overheated.

    I hope you have a better and cooler day today!

    1. I’d rather be prepared. This kind of thing always seems to happen to me on weekends. I’d just rest better.

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