Monday, 3 December 2012

Heat and Fatigue

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Well I survived the big move yesterday.  By the end of the day, my "good" hip felt almost as bad as my "bad" hip - and I was exhausted.  But I'm glad I was able to do a little to help my daughter and her boyfriend.  (All I did was drive the ute - the hire company wouldn't allow a young driver to do it. The kids and my ex-husband did all the lifting and carrying.) There was a time I would have had no problem with lifting as much as anyone else.

I've also seen (having moved out some furniture that's been here since we moved in) just how dirty the carpet  at my place is. So I think that over the next little while I have a new project. My vacuum cleaner is also a carpet washer - and the carpets are long overdue to be washed.  I'm not going to try to do the whole house at once, but will try to do a little patch once or twice a week until it's done. That really is a big challenge.

Our Queensland heat wave is about to reach its peak tomorrow, so today I'm trying an experiment, one that I know will do terrible things to my electricity bill, but I hope will make life tolerable. I'm leaving my little portable air conditioner on all day, and turning on the evaporative air cooler in the lounge room and leaving it on - shutting whatever doors in the house I can so that I'm trapping that coolish air in as small a space as possible and seeing if I can actually keep the house tolerable for the day. If that fails, I'll turn everything off and retreat to a shopping centre or a City Council Library.

Really, if I can avoid going anywhere today, that would be good, as I'm still recovering from yesterday.

Stay cool, whatever you're doing today.

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