I Don’t Usually Mind Being Older

I do understand that our situation is not unique and is, in fact, better than some, but damn it’s hot. As you can see from the early morning images it is also very, very humid. The air is heating up quickly and the fog is already burning off. Yesterday was hell and today will be worse. I may move to the basement. 🙂

A friend of mine has been carefully considering the subject of air conditioning. It’s something she wants but somehow it seemed to be well, not frivolous but a luxury which might not be worth the cost.

One of her relatives argued that “we didn’t need it when we were kids”. Always the sensitive friend, I pointed out that was more than half a century ago and climate change is real.

We did a lot to bollox up this planet and we’re paying for it. Recycling might feel like a noble and productive activity – but it’s going to take a lot more than that to undo the damage.

Pity the ones who can’t mitigate the effects on their daily lives through technology. I’m looking at parts of my walls which cut be cut out for an air conditioner. Some don’t have walls.

Am I moody today? A little. grin I have a mystery which is, I think, complicated by my age. I went to bed the other night and as I tried to go to sleep I could hear something beeping. It’s like the sound a smoke alarm makes when it wants a new battery.

It sounded like it came from the direction of my neighbour’s house so I figured they’d deal with it. After all, it must be even louder at their place.

However, I’ve been listening to this beeping for almost 3 full days now. If I walk up towards their place it disappears – it’s somewhere in or on my house. It’s isn’t inside the building – I’ve explored all three floors and can only hear it through windows in one corner or by standing on the back porch.

In fact, it seems loudest around the big bush which is home to all those hummingbirds. This makes no sense but the whole thing makes no sense. (On a cool note, when I look out one window covered by the bush I can see the little nests they’ve built.)

A friend was here and he can’t hear it – but then he’s half deaf. My tinnitus might be affecting me but I am not imagining it. Honest! I need younger ears.

My friend’s son is coming over today for some help on my computer. I plan to set him the task of tracking it down. It’s to be hoped that the solution doesn’t involve cutting that bush – hummingbirds can be vicious when annoyed.

Getting any sleep is hard enough in this weather. Having some random bit of technology harassing me seems totally unnecessary. 🙂


  1. 1) I mind being older and am going as gracelessly as possible.
    2) I hate the heat, always have, always will. I live in New Hampshire, and while some would say an A/C isn’t needed here but once a year (and today would be that once), I say those people can go jump in Lake Winnipesaukee. I have a window unit that probably cost $120, and it shouldn’t cool off my entire apartment but it does. I would be abjectly miserable without it. With it I’m just miserable.:) But that’s another story.
    3) Hummingbird nests! (Much cooler than slug roe, tyvm.)

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  2. Yet again I second M. Oniker – humming birds much cooler than slug roe. 🙂
    NJ is one of the areas undergoing a heat wave for many many days. And being NJ, the humidity can choke you. The HVAC team has been here in full force since Tuesday – sawing, hammering, nailing, banging, stepping through the dining room ceiling – and I think the timing is perfect. Without this heatwave I’d be second-guessing myself over the cost and mess and misery. Yes, maybe when I was younger I could handle the humidity but now – I give thanks several times a day for the 5 window a/c units that are making life bearable. I shudder to think what it would be like for the work crew all over my house if we could not have the a/c and remove the humidity.
    I have no idea what the beeping might be but I also live with someone who does not hear the same registers that I hear. It can make for some interesting conversations of “did you hear that?”

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    1. It takes all kinds! Lol
      Just got call unit is in transit but my casement windows mean I’ll be sawing a hole in the wall to install.
      It’ll be worth it even if it means perpetuating the cowboy construction techniques in this house. 🙂


    2. Meantime, if the universal availability of green-energy alternatives will come at the profit-margin expense of traditional ‘energy’ production companies, one can expect formidable obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. If something notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully. … How do we sleep while our beds are burnin’?


  3. A lifelong resident of southwestern B.C., I was left feeling I could never again complain about the weather being too cold after having suffered the unprecedented heatwave here in June 2021, described by meteorologists as a ‘stalling dome’ of high heat.

    Then complain I somewhat did, however, when most of the province, including southwestern B.C., suffered an unprecedently cold bunch of days in January, which was described by meteorologists as a ‘stalling dome’ of freezing cold. Ironic, yes, but not coincidental. Lord, one has to really feel for today’s children, who have to face so many bleak decades of extreme weather and its consequences!

    Mass addiction to fossil fuel products by the larger public undoubtedly helps keep the average consumer quiet about the planet’s greatest polluter, lest they feel and/or be publicly deemed hypocritical. Also, relatively trivial politics diverts attention away from some of the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused.


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