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Heat, Humidity, and Writing

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Folks, I’m still alive. Covid-19 hasn’t gotten me yet, and I hope it never will.

But the heat and humidity here in Southeastern Wisconsin have been brutal for about a week. We also haven’t had the world’s best air quality. And the two things have slowed me something fierce when it comes to writing, though I have managed a little progress here and there despite it all.

I’ve found that high heat, plus humidity, seems to be more difficult to manage than the bitter cold in the winter. I don’t know exactly why this is. It’s not that I enjoy cold so much; far from it. But at least when you go indoors, you can get a respite from the cold and a hot shower will do some major good.

I don’t have air conditioning, so dealing with the heat and humidity is definitely a challenge. It does sap my strength. I am an asthmatic, as I’ve said before, and that means I have to be hyper-vigilant…or at least make my best effort at being prudent. I get annoyed at having to be so “safe,” mind you, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Staying safe is essential, of course, no matter if it’s the heat, humidity, Covid-19, the bubonic plague, or trying to stay away from murder hornets. (I think we all should be able to get behind that. Who wants to get stung by a murder hornet? I don’t even think another murder hornet would, but that’s another story…ahem.)

Still, I’ll move forward, slowly, and keep a positive thought. It beats doing anything else by a mile. And that way, I may accomplish something.

What’s going on in your life? How are you handling the heat and humidity on your end, or if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, how are you handling the winter? Tell me about it in the comments!

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 18, 2020 at 11:20 pm

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  1. I lived for several years in a house with no AC. I found a portable AC unit that you could roll around from room to room. It needed a place to vent to outside, but a window worked fine. It came with a long tube that fastened on the back like a dryer. Probably saved my life. I live in Georgia, and it was sometimes 90 degrees with 85% humidity. Real feel: death. ^_^ We kept the room we were in at about 78 – which was still warm, but was better than the 100 it could get without AC. The other thing I did was pick up one of those “stay-cool” neck wearables. Put “stay cool wearable” in the search box on amazon. It’s amazing what’s out there. There are small ones you can even wear on your wrists.

    Kayelle Allen

    July 19, 2020 at 8:42 am


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