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.
On with this week’s CTWW challenge!
Pertinent to both the northern and southern hemispheres for the appropriate cold and hot climates.
If it’s warm/hot where you’re at, turn the thermostat up by 1 or 2 degrees.
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.
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.
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.