The other day I got some Facebook memories and these photos popped up:
Two years ago this weekend we closed and moved into our new house!! It was weird seeing those old photos. It was such a stressful time. Like, the most stressful and awful. Nothing went right during the entire house buying/selling process. It was just awful. But I am super thankful that it is OVER and we are in our amazing house and we’ve made it ours. AND I am super thankful that we installed air conditioning that summer we moved in!!!!
Because our house was built in 1921, it was “sort of” AC ready. There was the duct work on the main floor for a traditional AC unit, which wasn’t too hard or too expensive to install. But unfortunately, the upstairs –which was once the attic and then converted to living space– did not have any duct work for AC. We ended up having to do mini splits in our bedroom and Logan’s bedroom. More expensive. But super nice when it’s really hot!!!
(Side note: The addition to our 1920s bungalow was done in 1990. I discovered that because my MIL said that the windows we have in the dining room, which is part of the add-on, usually have a date stamped on it. I looked and she was right! 1990!! Crazy.)
Anyways, it was hotter than hell on earth in Portland over the weekend. The hottest weather I’ve ever been in was 104 (and humid) in Austin, Texas in June. Tucson was around 105 in March when we visited years ago. August in Vegas is around 100 too. Welllllllll……..Portland was supposed to be hotter than it’s ever been:
This is so not ok. Seriously. I do not understand how ANYONE can deny climate change. It is a crisis and the crisis is here. The wildfires we have. The unusual heat. The water shortages. It is all so freaking scary.
Anyways. Friday I took Bella for a quick and early walk before it was the temperature of the surface of the sun.
It was humid and gross at 8am. Then I took my lunch break super early so I could go for a bike ride while it was still somewhat tolerable.
On Saturday I went for an early walk with a friend. And then Logan and I went to the Sellwood Pool for open swim! It’s the first time I’ve ever been to that pool.
I’ve been impatiently waiting for swim lessons to start back up at our pool but they are still closed. I wanted Logan to get more comfortable in the water after a year off (SO SAD) so I decided I would just give him swim lessons on my own.
The pool is *maybe* heated? It was kind of chilly when we first got in but then it was absolutely perfect. Especially when it was nearly 100 degrees. We had so much fun! You have to pre-book because they are limiting how many people can be there. I was happy we got a spot! We were there for an hour and then they closed it down for a bit before the next session. Logan and I went home and cleaned up, ate lunch and napped on the couch. 😀
That afternoon some friends came over to escape the heat and they brought pizza and freshly picked cherries. They hung out in our AC for a few hours.
Sunday was worse. Saturday got to 108 at our house. Some people were reporting 110 near us. A few friends in different parts of Portland reported power outages. Sunday was like walking around in a hot oven. Our AC was struggling a lot on Sunday. I am SO grateful we had it at all, so I am totally not complaining, but I was starting to get worried that our AC might break.
Monday is supposed to be as hot as the weekend. It was 85 degrees at 6am. I took Bella for a short walk before it was too hot to go outside. It was so gross out. It was humid and the air was stale.
My house has been closed up, drapes closed, since Friday. It is a very dark house! But hoping that helps repel the heat a bit. My parent’s house in Seattle was 100 degrees. Thankfully they have a basement that is pretty dark and stays cool so they are able to escape the heat. I am truly worried about climate change.
That is just about how hot central Florida is ALL summer long – but we are lucky everyone has central air. You all would die from heat exhaustion here! You never see people out during the day. Hope some rain comes your way to cool it off.
I am so glad we have AC. I felt terrible for anyone here in Oregon that didn’t. I messaged half a dozen people to make sure they were ok and offered our AC. I hope rain comes soon too!