95 degrees.

That’s what the temp is right now – inside my house.

OK, let me back up a bit (it makes it all the more dramatic). On Thursday the AC went out in our 4Runner, not only that, but our beloved vehicle also makes a srange squeaking sound, scary enough that we are refraining from driving it and taking it into the shop on Monday.

I took Thursday and Friday off from from work so I could finish up on two large “Latina Power” altars for this weekend’s NCLR conference. Each one is 6 feet long by 2 feet wide and is constructed to be portable so they can be carried throughout the conference and expo. When it came to making them, Thursday went great, but Friday while working on the details, I noticed I was sweating like I just got off the treadmill. I looked at the thermostat and it was at 95 degrees! Patrick was teaching and using the other car, so I was stranded inside all day. The kids and I got so desperate that we tried to make a break for it and go for ice cream at Baskin Robbins, but the noise the car was making was just too much of a warning sign. The last things we needed was to get stranded on the street in 103 degrees! We turned the corner and drove slowly around the block to get our sweaty butts home.

If it weren’t for having to finish these art projects, we would have totally been checked into a cushy resort by now. The gritty dry heat hampered my inspiration. It took me soo long to complete tasks that normally take a few minutes. It was so hot that the chocolate in the Chips Ahoy cookies were melted! I went to bed at 3 am and had the first altar completely done. Then I woke up at 5:30 am because we had to be at the conference by 10 am. The altar didn’t look as good after a couple hours of sleep. Patrick gave some gentle constructive criticism around 7 am, and I started balling! He sent me to bed, and when I woke up at 8:30 am, we decided to skip today’s events to finish up the final details on these monstrous pieces.

This afternoon, I sent Patrick out to get a couple more fans from Home Depot. He came back with a window air-conditioning unit. Hmmm. We don’t have windows that open vertically. Our brains were baked so far that we actually set it up on the kitchen counter and plugged it in. Now we know why it has to sit on a window sill, half in/half out. Cool air burst out into the family room, but the kitchen got heated up due to the exhaust fan. Overall, it made no difference at all. So we had an impromptu barbecue in the backyard. Grilled hot links make every thing better, don’t they?

I just got done packing everything up for tomorrow, for our art booth and the altars. Patrick’s mom is letting us use her truck to transport them, but now I’ve just realized that the back area on it isn’t covered. How in the world are we going to make this happen? I can just see all my hard working flying off the truck on the freeway.

OK, enough rambling – 95 degrees or not I have to get some sleep – I’ll be at the conference all day tomorrow, and then head right into a busy week at work! *Oh how I wished I’d put my sheets in the fridge like Marilyn Monroe did in the “Seven Year Itch”…* One more thing – I just opened the window by my bed for fresh air (and hopefully a breeze), happy that I’ll be able to get more than a couple hours of shut eye tonight – but guess what? There is a loud mockingbird in our back yard that won’t shut up.

Coo coo COO! Tweet tweet TWEET! Chee chee CHEE! Kaw kaw KAW!

Boy, they really do sing in patterns of three…

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Love & light,


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