Friday, January 30, 2009

Random thoughts from a heat addled brain

Wilted, I think, best describes us at the moment.

I got up at 5am to hang out the washing because I knew it would be too hot to do anything by 8am. I hung out four loads, folded the pile that was waiting for me then went back to bed by 6:30am and went back to sleep. I figure whatever happens now, I have achieved SOMETHING with the day.

The big kids want to go swimming at the pool, but I am not setting foot outside until at least 5pm when it starts to cool down a bit.

Beloved came home early yesterday because the power was out at work (kinda hard to do drafting and data management without computers these days!) and he joined us for swimming yesterday. The kids loved going in the "big" pool rather than having to stay near me and the babies in the wading pool. Billy rode on Daddy's back as he swum around and is taking to water like a little fish, Erin is a little more apprehensive but is getting there.

Billy is now going to the door looking for Daddy every few hours in the hope that he will come home early again!

I am very glad not to be carrying the huge belly at the moment, but a grumpy baby who dislikes being hot is very difficult to comfort - holding her only makes her hotter! Just making sure she keeps getting plenty of fluids and doesn't overheat is a big enough job.

The sun lizards (little skinks) are all coming inside to escape the heat too. I have seen 12 so far this morning!

I laughed at Beloved a few years ago when he bought the evaporative cooler - we live in Tasmania! We are as close to Antarctica as you can get and still be in Australia! It isn't supposed to get hot here. I'm not laughing now, I'm too hot.

If the TV tells me again that this is a record breaking heat wave I am going to throw something at it. They just make up these records to make people feel better about being hot I'm sure! And it doesn't work for me.

I feel so sorry for all the little ones going off to their first week at school in 40+Centigrade heat! Another reason we home school!

People keep posting snow pictures and pictures of ice storms on their American blogs to taunt me. It isn't very nice!

Things I can't do because it is too hot: Bake, knit, gardening, extensive cleaning (what?? It's HOT!), move overmuch!

What we are filling our time with instead: Puzzles, drawing, reading, blogging, impromptu arm chair naps, whining about the heat!


susanc said...

I've actually thought of you in this heat, I have family in Hobart so always look at the temperature on the news for down there. Hope this heatwave abates soon....we expect the heat here, it's more humid than hot...and we are prepared for it with ceiling fans, pools, and air conditioning....I feel for you and especially baby Anna

Susan :):)

TasJess said...

Thanks Susan. Beloved bought an air conditioner from a friend today as a surprise for me! Anna has been sleeping in a bassinette with wet muslin wrapped around it and the fan directed onto it. That seems to make a bit of difference!

beansntatersmama said...

i AM SO SORRY FOR YOU THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN BEING HOT. CAN THE KIDS PLAY IN A COLD TUB OF WATER? Does anyone there have a/c? I am so spoiled, I worked in the heat last summer while pregnant with my third and as soon as I got home I didn't want to go back out for the rest of the day. I'll be sending out some prayers. angie

TasJess said...

Thanks Angie! The kids spent most of the time in and out of the bath and Beloved has put a window-mount AC in as of Friday. It is a dinosaur but it does do something! A bit of a cool change came over last night and we are approaching feeling comfortable again now