Saturday, 27 July 2019

Oh my, another hot one today. Woke up to no electricity. Which means no running water (no toilet!), no air conditioning, no fans…no toaster or kettle. No microwave to thaw my morning berries.

One of life’s detours!

I was game for it. I put my frozen berries in the sun to defrost then enjoyed my breakfast cereal with sun warmed berries.

As for the rest of the day…what do you do when it’s too hot to move but cool in the shade with the odd southwest breeze?

I weeded my Faerie garden, made a wet sand watering station for the butterflies…

Flowers in a wheelbarrow
My Faerie garden ©️ WQuinn 2019

Wowzers, it was hot. So I sat in the shade, drank ice water and did nothing, which was very hard for me to do and didn’t last long. I eventually pulled my easel and painting supplies out to work on a special painting.

Easel and paints set up for pleinair painting
208/365 Painting of the day, 27 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

The acrylic paints dried too fast because of the heat and wind…not to mention things kept flying away. Thankfully I packed everything up and was brining into the house when the rain came!

I started on the painting of the day when the power came back on… thank goodness!!!

Sunflower silhouette painting, acrylic on canvas
208/365 Photo of the day, 27July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

It was an interesting day. Reflecting on it, I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend a day off grid. It’s a timely reminder of how dependent we have become, as a society, to electricity and gadgets. Today was a gift, similar to my childhood, where we spent all day, every day outside, entertaining ourselves in nature…riding our bikes, building forts, climbing trees, playing in the river, yard work and gardening. We didn’t have air conditioners. But somehow we adapted.

The last heat wave, a couple of weeks ago, I rarely stepped outdoors, claiming it was just too hot. I was miserable and really missed being in nature. So today was a good lesson, a timely reminder, to get out and enjoy the day.

I’m really grateful the power is back on…after eight hours. The convenience of making toast, flushing the toilet… And I’m grateful for the air-conditioning. I was sooo hot and tired after a day in the heat and having nowhere cool to get a break from it.

My goal, now, is to spend more time outdoors, even in crazy hot weather!


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