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Saturday’s Puzzle Contest — Thinking Cold Thoughts…
Saturday, May 14th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Margaret!

Last Wednesday afternoon, my dd and I were watching the dogs play in the backyard, while we sat on the covered patio. We heard the nearby air-conditioning unit start up, make a horrible chuffing noise, and then stop. Then it repeated that over and over. As we stared, we saw smoke begin to rise from the unit. Quickly, we called my SIL, who was preparing for his nightly shift with the PD. He came down, opened the panel to peer inside, and we all saw flames coming from around a group of wires. He simply blew out the flames, cut off the power to the AC, and I dialed American Home Shield to let them know we’d need to have our AC fixed.

Well, apparently, every local AC repairman is booked up. Who’d have thought that, when AC season finally arrived, EVERYONE would need their services? We still don’t have a technician assigned, and in the meantime, we’re trying to cope with a very hot house. On Thursday, we actually had the highest temperature on record in 104 years. So, you know we’re pretty miserable.

My office and art rooms are in the basement, so I can keep cool-ish hanging out there, but the upstairs is awful. My granddaughter has the garage-converted-into-a-bedroom space—with its own AC—so guess where all the animals and all the folks who reside upstairs hang out?

Tempers are fraying. No one wants to cook. We’re taking cool showers. Lots of take-out is happening. We’re to the point where we’re freezing Tupperware containers of ice to put in front of fans to cool the air the really old-fashioned way. When it cools into the 70s at night, we’re opening windows. And you know, I live in Arkansas, so we’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes. So, if I sound grumpy for the next wee while, you know why! In the meantime, I have to write and edit, and you know that’s not going well, because, again, I’m grumpy and it’s showing!

Puzzle Contest

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, solve the puzzle, then share something in the comments about how you beat the heat!

17 comments to “Saturday’s Puzzle Contest — Thinking Cold Thoughts…”

  1. miki
    · May 14th, 2022 at 11:24 am · Link

    a bowl with ice in front of a ventilo
    and lot lot of water to stay hydrated

  2. Eileen Airey
    · May 14th, 2022 at 11:59 am · Link

    stay hydrated. swimming. light meals. It is unbelievable how much we have become dependent oor A.C. Good luck.

  3. Deb Brown
    · May 14th, 2022 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Water, fans, staying inside during the hottest part of the day. Hopefully you have drapes or curtains that reflect heat back outside. Visit to local pool, mall or LIBRARY

  4. Colleen C.
    · May 14th, 2022 at 12:29 pm · Link

    That is terrible about your AC and having to wait! I hope they can fix what is wrong with it… I know what 100 degree weather feels like… fans and ice water help…

  5. K. Campos
    · May 14th, 2022 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Shaved ice, cold showers and staying hydrated. Good luck!

  6. Diane Sallans
    · May 14th, 2022 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I’ve got an attic fan I put on late afternoon to pull cooler air in and push the hot attic air out, ceiling fans & a window air conditioner for my bedroom on those really humid nights.

  7. Debra Guyette
    · May 14th, 2022 at 1:28 pm · Link

    I have air conditioning. So I stay inside.

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 14th, 2022 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I don’t have any stay cool trips and tricks other than don’t go out in the high sun-times, wear linen or other natural fibers that breathe, hydrate generously and take advantage of local stores that have air conditioning. Good luck getting your air conditioner fixed!

  9. Pansy Petal
    · May 14th, 2022 at 3:04 pm · Link

    I sit in front of my fan with a tall glass of cold water. I try to move as little as I can get away with. Like refilling my water glass when I am coming back from the restroom. One trip, rather than two, as long as I remember. 😀

  10. bn100
    · May 14th, 2022 at 5:34 pm · Link

    air conditioning

  11. Mary Preston
    · May 14th, 2022 at 6:58 pm · Link

    4:43 – lots of ice in drinks and my feet in a tub of iced water.

  12. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 14th, 2022 at 11:40 pm · Link

    4:43 Our AC broke down several years ago and it was a few days before we could get a new one installed. Fortunately my sister lives in the same mobile home park and she just happened to be up north with our other sister. We were able to stay at her house so we didn’t suffer too much. BTW years ago we had not so good experiences with AHS in Ohio so I hope you fare better where you are.

  13. Jolene
    · May 15th, 2022 at 8:35 am · Link

    That really stinks about your a/c. Ive been there. A/c breaking during a heat wave. I live in RI, so we would head to the beach for some ocean breeze. hopefully, the heat goes away for a little while so its not as horrible. stay cool!

  14. Margaret
    · May 21st, 2022 at 9:44 am · Link

    The only way to beat the heat is to stand still and enjoy it. Said no one ever.

  15. Courtney Kinder
    · May 21st, 2022 at 10:32 am · Link

    Air conditioning and lots of water.

  16. flchen1
    · May 21st, 2022 at 4:14 pm · Link


    Ouch, we don’t have air conditioning, but are grateful that we probably only need it maybe 10 days a year? Those are good days to visit the mall or the freezer section of the grocery store, LOL! We also do have a few fans, and use those in combination with keeping shades drawn and windows closed as the day is heating up…

    And having ice cream, plenty of ice, and popsicles handy never hurts either, as do plenty of hot books, ROFL!

  17. Delilah
    · May 28th, 2022 at 4:06 am · Link

    You’re all so smart! LOL

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Margaret!

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