The difference between inside and outside

July 1, 2008 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

At the moment that difference is nine delicious degrees in temperature. The outside temp is 63F while inside it’s 72F. I was grouchy about the unfairness of that and the poor design of the Piedmont house — although it’s probably partly good insulation — when I realized there was an easy and painless remedy. I could just unplug my laptop, pick up my coffee cup, and go sit outside. Even tho I was a little slow on the uptake this morning, that alternative has been occurring to me more and more often lately.

Yesterday, I went out when the temperatures started moderating around 5pm and picked blueberries at Frog Pond Farm until almost 7. I harvested about four pounds and it was a much more pleasant experience than I had on Saturday when I picked from 10:30 until noon when I started feeling a little light-headed and quit. When I got home, I saw that the temperature in my woods, out of direct sunlight was 90F. Frog Pond is only five miles or so from here but I was certainly not out of direct sun there. It was hot. But yesterday evening it was very pleasant. After I got home, I unpacked my little backpacking stove and brought it outside and used it to boil water to cook pasta for the pesto with leftover chicken I had planned for dinner. The pesto was made in my kitchen from basil I grew myself, the chicken was leftover from my Pretty Local Supper, but the pasta was from away, not organic, not even whole wheat — just standard Muellers. When I run out, I can replenish it with organic, whole wheat Bionature from Weaver Street. I could even try getting some durham flour and making it myself with the pasta machine I picked up from freecycle. But I have not worked “pasta making” into my schedule yet.

Hmmm. Dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, 63F seems a little on the chilly side. There is just no pleasing me, I guess 🙂


Entry filed under: Piedmont.

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