It has been as hot as blue blazes. That may not make sense to non-southerners, but that’s how we say it down here. It’s a very accurate description of the heat – heat and humidity. Things start cooling down after 8 pm or so and start heating back up around 9 am or so.
I am going to find a way to use the heat to my advantage next summer. My neighbor suggested putting a vent in the gable of the roof and a hole in the floor. Heat would go up and out of the vent and in the process pull cool air through the hole in the floor from under the cabin. The only drawbacks I can see to that is that the incoming air will be very humid and the air won’t be much cooler than the ambient air temperature. That got me to thinking…
If the humid air were to pass over a cool surface, then that would take some of the humidity out and provide clean water in the process. Then I just need a way to drop the temperature of the incoming air. I know how to do it. The problem is that it is going to be labor intensive. Holes, solar chimneys – I’ll post more about my plan later. Suggestions are welcomed.
And if the heat isn’t bad enough, the fleas are worse. They are everywhere, inside and out. They are immune to flea foggers, so we are having a hard time keeping them out of the cabin. They seem immune to the flea treatments that we give the dogs. Baths remove the fleas for about as long as it takes to dry off. Not us, the dogs – baths and drying times. Again, suggestions are welcomed.
I finally broke down and fired up the refrigerator. That’s an accurate description. It actually cools by using a flame. It runs off of propane or electricity, but it also needs a 12-volt battery to operate the thermostat. I have been alternating between propane and electricity. I just run an extension cord from the inverter on the truck and let it run. The batteries on the truck will run the fridge all day. 30 minutes of idling recharges the batteries nicely.
I didn’t really want to use the fridge, but it makes more sense to use it than to buy ice. We can keep ice 2-3 days in just a regular cooler. That’s fine when Jen is working, but when she is home for 4-5 days, then we were making a trip into town for a cooler full of ice. It just wasn’t cost effective, not to mention the wear and tear on the vehicles. It’s a 40 mile round trip, thereabouts.
So anyway, the fridge is up and running. It’s great to be able to open it up and pull out a cold bottle of water.
Apollo’s mom, his sister, and three of his brothers came for a visit today. For some reason they decided to stay all day. They all ran off for about 20 minutes, but then they all came back. They were all wet. Guess they went swimming at Joe’s.
So, today has really been a dog day – 7 dogs all day. Tomorrow will be another dog day. Jennifer is bringing my mom’s two dogs here. They are a little more than she can handle right now, so we are going to take them off of her hands. She’s worried about them, but I’m sure that they will fit right in.
I suppose these really are the dog days of summer.