Change the World Wednesday – 29th Jan

I proudly present, my first goiaba

I proudly present, my first goiaba

We are still in the midst of a hot spell, which makes today’s challenge more of a challenge.

First up, my goiabeira (guava tree) has produced its first ripe goiaba (guava).

It’s a bit grotty looking, but what do you expect after falling from high and bouncing through branches before landing on the concrete?

Bit late getting on the go this morning, I had an early morning walk to the dentist, then back again, by that time I was ready for my customary nap.

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On with this week’s CTWW challenge!

Pertinent to both the northern and southern hemispheres for the appropriate cold and hot climates.

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This week, turn down your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees. That’s 1 or 2 degrees lower than where you’ve had it during this cold season. If you get chilly, put on extra layers of clothing, cuddle under a blanket or exercise.

 

OR …

If it’s warm/hot where you’re at, turn the thermostat up by 1 or 2 degrees.

 

OR …

If you don’t use a thermostat to control your home’s temperature, please share the ways in which you keep comfortable.

The first part doesn’t apply here, as I said we are in the middle of a heat wave with temps broaching  and going over the 40ºC (1o6ºF). So far we have suffered (I say suffer, because beer isn’t always at hand) this for nine weeks with only one welcome storm about three weeks ago. One welcome addition to the botequim (bar next door) is an express ice cream machine, which helps on a sweaty evening.

I don’t have a thermostat, so I enter at the bottom level.

fan50cm

Drawing in the cooler night air

I have two fans, one in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Both are new and have an ‘A’ rating for power usage, and both have a dial speed control. The fan in the living room is only on when I watch TV, because in the evening the house is like a hot/glass house and it is on high mostly drawing in the cooler night air from the open window.

The other is used between my PC desk and bed. I keep the speed commensurate with the temp. It is on most of the time which is necessary for a night’s sleep. I do switch it off if I am out in the garden or off to work.

In addition to the fans, I wear less clothing around the house. I live alone and have few visitors, so underpants are the uniform of the day. Often having a brief show to get wet all over, and sitting under the fans. Principles of refrigeration.

My new fridge makes ice well, and I am constantly drinking chilled tap water, and I make slushies/smoothies during the day as well. Today will be a mamão (papaya) slushie. Does serious damage to the frontal lobe and cortex, but so wonderful.

icebrahmaA visit to the botequim in the early evening for a cool beer also helps on days with no class.

Ah, don’t panic, I do put on my shorts, don’t want to scare the natives. But no T-shirts are the order of dress at the bar.

So that’s how we do it in Brazil.

See you next week.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on January 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I can only dream of warmer temperatures … we currently have 18 degrees C. Cold! But I could relate to your post because we have hot summers and those little fans work wonderfully to keep us cool. Great tip about turning the fans inward to draw in the cool night air. BTW, how’s your tooth? Hopefully you are no longer in pain!

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    • >Small, and here we are wanting ‘cool’. Both fans are 50cm (20″+/-), so they do a good job. The bedroom fan also draws air from the window. Tooth is doing okay, got a medicated filling today, next month, root canal.

      AV

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  2. cool- on the guava, that is. i received a bag of guavas and a bag of tangerines from neighbors and made guava tangerine fruit leather. a great combo.
    here we have a drought. no need to turn indoor temps up or down in this climate we don’t much use the heat or air cond. BUT we do need to save on water.
    did you know that garbage disposals use about 4 gallons per minute?
    compost! saves water and you get compost- even if you only container garden…

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  3. How I wish I could send you a bit of our cold to balance things out for both of us. There was a time when everyone used fans. I hate being in air conditioned rooms and have a fan for the few times it ever gets hot enough here to need a bit of cooling.

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