Had the air conditioning on in the car today. It’s January 17. 76 degrees here in Atlanta, according to our car’s gauge. A week ago, ice on the roads kept the workers away from finishing our house. I read last week that another big chunk of Antarctica has an 11-mile crack and may be about … read more A summer’s day
The noise started when the heat came on last night. A high-pitched tone that could only be from something mechanical. The kind of noise that makes me crazy. The heat didn’t come on. The registers were blowing cool air. I waited for the air to get warmer. It didn’t. I turned the thermostat’s heat switch … read more That high-pitched noise
The first summer after I transplanted a black cohosh to the hillside above the cabin, I was so worried about its need for shade that I suspended a baby blanket over it with bungee cords. Then halfway through the summer I realized that I was also keeping some of the rain from reaching the plant, … read more What the drought hath wrought
When it is soooo hot out, I think of everything melting… the whole world melting. And I wanted to melt a penny. Just to see. Keep in mind that pennies aren’t solid copper and never have been. The ones before 1982 (and some of that year) were 97.5 percent copper, and 2.5 percent zinc. But … read more Day 11: Does copper melt in a flame?
When I left home, it was a very pleasant 80 degrees …. and by the time I got to Atlanta, it was 93. The day later topped out at 95. Tom needed to pick up his new grill, so we went there thinking he could put it into his new X3. Unfortunately, the grill would … read more Day 5: Heat