My "baby" Sis got a cup with that logo for a birthday gift many years ago and I have loved that "motto" (saying, adage, etc.) ever since I saw her cup.   I AM having a crisis and I may as well bleat about it.

I am in crisis due to the high humidity that is enveloping us currently.  After the blissful days of true spring (some say it was too blasted cold in May and the first half of June) but I loved the return of "true spring"…an in-between season that spanned the nasty slush of late March and much of April and the now-heating up summer-like days we currently have.   I am sorry to be such a weather-complainer, but honestly, I prefer the cold days of winter to this high humidity and stifling air that has settled into our area for the past few days.

Adding to my crisis-state is the fact that our marvelous heating/cooling system….a geothermal water- to- air heat/cool pump is not "set" yet for the cooling part of its system. This is due to MBF’s aversion to air conditioning and he is the one who knows how to switch it over from heating to cooling.   Just two weeks ago, we had the heat turned on the weekend of June 5-6 when the outdoor temperature were hovering in the 40’s and a cold northwesterly wind was blowing.  Like John Hest used to say "if you don’t like this weather we are having, just wait five minutes!"   John was a teacher of agriculture for many years and he had a lot of wise sayings accumulated from growing up on a farm near Perley, MN and the many years he taught agriculture to high schoolers and area farmers.

It happened.   We waited five minutes and now it’s uncomforably humid and warm and I am suffering from air condition-less surroundings inside the house.  I cannot even bear to go outside.  It is still…. and the gnats and mosquitoes are waiting…no… lurking….to chew on my hide as soon as I step out the door.  I did step out the door this past Monday (sans my usual garden garb and spray of Deep Woods Off) ….to water a few plants that were looking limp and  in need of water.(how that has changed also with lots of rain on Tuesday)  I also weeded a few places in my new container gardens and when I finished up I learned about two days after Monday that I had been attacked…ATTACKED BADLY..by the ever- present "Buffalo Gnats" that live and move and have their being all summer long at the Bluff. This is thanks to the "dead " Buffalo River that wends its way through our woods.  I have gnat bites in places I never dreamed of having gnat bites. Maybe I will learn that from now on, as long as summer drags me down and on days there is no wind but just the devilish humidity….NOT to go outside without all my protective gear and Off spray, even if it is only to water a couple of pots or hang a few clothes on the clothesline.   Do you now understand why I love January and February best?     No biting bugs and no red welts all over my skin that fester and itch for interminable periods of time.

More about  the lack of air conditioning:   I have been a Meek,Obedient Wife thus far and have not gone into the mumbling and grumbling phase directed at my husband (yet).  But I may have to put the hammer down and bring out another Tee-Shirt I could wear:   from the days of "Rumpole of the Bailey"  a favorite PBS show about the curmudgeonly Horace Rumple and his wife Hilda.   This Tee Shirt would say "SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED"  and then perhaps I could achieve my goal of having the AC all to myself for the times when MBF spends his time outside where he is most comfortable due to indoor allergies.   At least it might cut down on the inevitable b- – – –  ing * he is soon going to hear if the humidity stays high and the AC stays off.            (* b – – – -ing would be "bellyaching" in case you were wondering)

On a totally different subject—although it is related to the misery of high humidity…I spent an hour at the library this morning.(but the AC was not on there either so I was pretty miserable in my browsing mode also).  I had to pick up a DVD I had requested and also did some serious browsing…..  came home with several books of interest for our grandson Alec who is staying with us til Saturday (WW 2 and its airplanes, ships and other weapons and battles, et. al.)    I browsed the copies of "American Heritage" and checked out several of those magazines that had articles that interested me;  I checked out two Y-fiction books that I ordered for the school library during my tenure  but never got the chance to read then…SARNY.. A LIFE REMEMBERED  by Gary Paulsen (a favorite Y author of many books for young people) and THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE  by Karen Cushman (another outstanding author for Middle School students.  I also found some good travel books….one published by National Geographic titled GREAT JOURNEYS OF THE WORLD…the most interesting to me being the feature about the Orient Express and a journey on China’s Yangtze River.  I love to read about travels with good descriptions and colorful photos rather than do the traveling because I find myself to be at a stage of life when  travel makes me squirm and also gives me hyper-claustrophobia….I love my own bed and home more than I love traveling now.  But I can….like one of my favorite literary characters of childrens’ books (My Great Aunt Arizona) says to her students in her one- room school room "No I have never been to———— but I have been there many times by reading about it".

There now—-just sitting still and blogging about it has made me cooler and less of a Mad Wet Hen about high humidity ….and speaking of good books and "down time" spent reading and relaxing has made the need for the "LEAVE ME ALONE! I AM HAVING A CRISIS"   tee shirt a lot less urgent.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!

2 thoughts on “I NEED A TEE-SHIRT THAT SAYS…………..”

  1. B Gal, Time to take charge of those controls, have your Best Friend show you how..write all the instructions how to switch it over on a notecard and duct tape it to the wall near the switch..well you could use some other kind of tape..but you get the idea! Maybe you need one of those little hats with the water spray and a fan:)

  2. FarSide you are SO right. I am too timid when it comes to doing anything that reminds me of mechanical skills ( here I am, the daughter of one of the best mechanics around and I am a wimp with switching my own cooling system!!!)
    But MBF is AWFULLY fussy about messing with the geothermal system so maybe I am timid for other reasons as well! I need courage and that card taped near the controls…yes I do!!!!

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