Some of you already know this, but I live in a 23’ RV full time. For several hours a day, it sits in full sunlight, which makes it a virtual hot box during warm weather. Last week, the air conditioning gave out. We had three lovely days of rain and drizzle, so I put off calling the repairman, assuming he couldn’t work on a rooftop AC unit in the rain. Well, it turns out I should have called anyway to get a foot up on the waiting list. Apparently, everyone’s AC had given out at once and I must now wait until July 5th for a repair appointment.
The weather here in Sacramento will be unseasonably warm for the next eight days, hovering around 103 degrees for most of the time. Yikes! My first reaction was to panic and then calm came over me. After all, our pioneer ancestors didn’t even have fans, let alone air conditioning, proving, in my mind, that this little tragedy was definitely survivable.
What to do? Well, I decided to turn the next week into an adventure. I would need to be away from Wanda, my RV, for about 7 hours a day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s was totally doable. It was simply a matter of being organized. I could do this.
So, I devised a name for this period of time, “The Great AC Adventure”, since naming everything is one of my endearing qualities (or so I keep telling myself) and then on to the planning. Yesterday, I started out on a used book buying spree at the Friends of the Library bookstore that took up a good hour, followed by a trip to the local pet store to stock on up dog goodies for the puppy that will soon be joined by my niece’s first baby (hoping to stave off natural jealousy – maybe he’ll regard the new baby as just another treat for him!)
Then I headed for my sister’s house and swimming pool. She has a couple of Labradors that are members of our family so we swam together and beat the heat for two hours. By the time I headed home it was cool enough to work outside, listing my book finds on Ebay. I didn’t head inside until 9 p.m. when the light finally faded from the sky. Essentially, I had a lovely day.
Today is starting out the same way – absolutely fabulously. I headed for the library at 10:30 this morning and so far I’ve read for an hour and now have jumped on my computer to write this post and work on my WIPS. I have big plans to go to see a movie, “42” the Jackie Robinson story, in a couple of hours at the cheapo movie theater (something I would never have done without this “crisis”).
I mentioned my circumstances to my park manager and he’s going to have someone place a small AC unit outside my bedroom window until I get mine fixed. So, I’ll have at least a partial rescue. I almost regret it. This was turning out to be such a great adventure.