Friday, July 22, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things - July 22, 2016

It's time to raise a glass and celebrate the small accomplishments and happenings of the week with our host, Lexa Cain, and her co-hosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker

I'm having a hard time getting into the proper celebratory mood. Certain appliances that makes hot, steamy weather tolerable are not pulling their weight. 

1. I'm grateful I live in Rochester, NY instead of Bullhead City, Arizona.

Image: Ken Lund, Bullhead City, Arizona, across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada

On Tuesday, our AC went bye-bye. No, actually it went brrr, brrr. Some meter-thingy broke and the whole shebang froze, piping and all. The meter-thingy has to be ordered (of course) and "might" be here next week. Between now and next week are a lot of days at 90 degrees F or above. 

So back to Bullhead. According to this Current Results article, the average number of days there with temperatures at 100 degrees F (or higher) is . . . 129. That's not a typo, that's over 4 months of hideously hot weather. Losing AC there would be a lot worse.

Word to the wise: Do not skip your yearly AC maintenance service like we did for the past 4 years. (Like, duh.)

2. I'm grateful my ice maker isn't completely kaput.

Image: Liz West, ice cubes

But it is being rather slow. Considering our current situation, it's time to break out the old fashioned ice trays and start freezing them myself. My husband offered to have it looked at, but I'm scared they'll tell me it needs a certain part that will have to be ordered, and until then . . . yadda, yadda, yadda. 

3. I'm grateful these are my biggest problems this week.

The world is a harsh place (and I'm not just talking about the weather). If this is all I have to complain about, then I've got it pretty good.

How hot is it where you live? Any tips for staying cool?


  1. I live a hop, skip, and a jump away in Buffalo, NY. Yes, the heat is baking our yards. My grass is toast.

    ACK! too bad about your air conditioner, as I sit here in my comfy cool house....

    Try and have a nice weekend, and hopefully your air will be fixed by then.

  2. It's been in the high 80s and low 90s here, but I'll take that over Arizona. Ugh. I actually don't have an AC, just a lot of fans. If it gets really hot, I spend time in my basement which is much cooler. This is good because it makes me get busy cleaning out my cellar. Hope you get your AC fixed soon!

  3. I tossed my air conditioner a few years ago with the intention of buying a new, more efficient one, but so far I haven't. Last summer was very mild here and so far this summer is lovely. I may change my mid in August but right now the sea breeze is doing a good enough job.

  4. It would stink to lose your air conditioner when it's so hot outside!

  5. I'd DIE without my A/C. Incredible to remember that 10 years ago Hubs and I survived with just fans. I have no clue how I did it. I've been making ice too (even with the A/C). I hope you get that part quickly.

  6. It's 98 degrees or so most days. I just basically run from the house to the car, then from the car to whatever building I'm in. We do take a/c for granted...without it, life would be miserable!

  7. I hear you on the broken AC battle. We need to repair ours but it's a BIG repair. So we've been trying to make due with fans and one little window AC (for a 7 bedroom house). I'm counting the hours when this heat wave decides to move on. Stay cool!

  8. We are used to living in a tropical country with its hot and humid weather.

  9. I can't complain about weather, but I wouldn't want to live in AZ if it had 70 degrees year around. I'm lucky to live in a partially earth-shelter house, so it's always the same temperature within a few degrees, and that's great when the temps soar to the hundreds. No air conditioning necessary. Glad you don't live in Bullhead either.

  10. I get so grumpy when I overheat and especially when it's too hot to sleep (no AC where we are). A tip a friend gave me was to take a cold shower before bed. It works! So try that if your AC breaks down again :)

  11. Tamara, OH, I feel for you! Last year about this time our AC went out and it was panic city to get it replaced. These dog days of summer are horrible and I'm very ready for fall to get here, but I know it'll be at least 3-months before the temperature cool off enough before I can say, "Ahhhh!" Thanks for popping over on Friday and here's to a funtastic week. If you wanna dance, then come boogie with me!

    Mewsic Moves Me with #BoTB results and a new-to-me artist, Laura Veirs


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