|Squalicum Harbor last week|
As you might know, the Pacific Northwest just went through a really strong heat wave, way early in the season (early to mid-May). A couple of places in the area had temperatures that were ten or more degrees above normal. And yesterday, when I walked home from the bus at midday, oh was I HOT! It got to 84°F (29°C) with full sun beating down, and as I walked the three miles home, I was super uncomfortable. After having had below-normal springtime temperatures, now we are dealing with way above-normal ones, with no in between.
Last night, however, after the sun went down the heat began to moderate a little. Although when I woke this morning the apartment was still much warmer than usual (with windows open and fans going), I could feel a light breeze coming in through the window, and when I walked to the bus this morning, it was so much cooler than the day before, that I was hopeful it wouldn't get too hot today. Sure enough, now that we have reached almost peak temperature for the day, it's more than ten degrees cooler than yesterday. Whew! I just don't do well in such hot conditions. The thing that bothers me the most is that we are still five weeks away from the first official day of summer. I sure hope it was an anomaly and won't repeat itself soon. But it's just a hope.
We moved away from Boulder when we retired, partly because the summers had grown so much hotter. From an average of fewer than 40 days when it was 90 degrees or hotter, it had changed to well over 100. And we usually didn't have (or need) air conditioning. We came to this part of the country where it is mild and has a cooling onshore breeze from the ocean on most days. There is nowhere to go from here, so we will just grin and bear it, like most other seniors on fixed incomes around the country. And be grateful for what we have, which is more than many others can afford.
So for the remainder of this week, I will enjoy the sunshine and cool breezes and the companionship of my family and friends. Life is good!