Summer

Yes, complaining about the heat & humidity again. Specifically, how in my neck of the woods it seems to be insanely hot and humid though the weekend plus Monday for the last month.

It makes going outside tough. Everything I do seems harder. Yet, I preserver – or at least try. I’m going to try and get a bike ride in today. It won’t be too long, no Wisconsin or anything, probably just up to mchenry train station or down to the fox, depending on the wind.

I can’t use the weather as an excuse all the time!

Not that I’m complaining

But I woke up cold during the night.  After the blazing heat and HUMIDITY, we finally have a weekend of good weather. It gone down to a bone chlling 11.6°C (63°F). At least it’s bone chlling when your fans are blowing on you full blast.  It’ll be gone tomorrow as the 90% humidity returns. So will the air conditioning. As much as I hate using it, I just can’t stand the high humidity. It feels like you can’t loose any heat.

It’s been a rough summer for humidity. I’ll need to hop on the bike, as it’s like being in AC when you’re riding at speed. Plus I need to shed some of the weight I’ve gained from not riding.

Heat is back

Here in sunny greater Chicagoland. Yesterday was bad, today is even worse. Tomorrow is supposed to be bad too. Here look:

HOT weather
Weather chart for 2018JUN30

Unfortunately, probably due to the MS, I have learned to hate those days with a passion. If I’m not in a temperature controlled environment I am going to be sluggish all day. It’s not because I don’t want to do anything (which is likely the casse anyway), but because the heat just saps me of energy. Required effort to get things done is multiplied. That and the motivation to get things done just tanks. Add on top of it my three destructors and life is hard. I can’t clean because of the constant distractions. I can, but the little bit of motivation will have to last me all day to clean the kitchen. Something I should be able to do in a couple of hours.

So what is the takeaway. If you have MS and three destructors during a heatwave, your’e boned. Better learn to live with filth or your going to expend every bit of energy trying to fruitlessly clean house while your kids absolutely destroy it.

Damn it, and I’m trying to bring a more positive vibe to this blog….FAIL.

I’d Like to Thank

the Cantalupo family for making MS camp possible this year, in which we sent our oldest daughter.  She’s been gone for a week…the longest ever going without her. In fact there was no electronic devices allowed at camp (but you could have them on the bus), so all I had to rely on was the photos that my wife showed me that the camp had posted on bookface.  It looked like fun, I hope it was. I’ll find out after Shelby picks her up this evening.

MSYC2018
Camp Icaghowan in Amery, WI

Uh, mother nature

It has been waaaayyy too hot for me this early summer. A heat warning is issued for Sunday. The day my son has a baseball game.

It’s cool. I’ve only have multiple sclerosis. Which definitely does not like the heat and makes my body feel useless when it’s so hot and humid. So thanks for nothing mother nature. Though I think it is really the fault of the climate deniers, but that is another story for another day.

So yeah, climate…some good news. My buddy’s guy came over and checked out our air conditioner. Twas overfilled as I had suspected. luckily, it seems as though nothing really got blown up. So very very lucky. He drained the excess R410a, and it’s not kicking off anymore. Luckily the AC unit is fairly new, so it was able to realize it was overcharged and was kicking off as a safety feature. Lucky, as it kept it from destroying itself. I am so thankful to Mark and Jaimie for coming out and getting my AC unit working again. It is so important on a level that non-MSers will never understand. Plus knowing that the AC isn’t broken anymore is such a load off my shoulders. Thanks guys.

The Heeeeeeat : (

And it’ll only get worse.

So what’s worse than having MS? Having MS and going into a summer which is supposed to be extremely hot and having a destroyed air conditioner.

There is no apparent layman solution. I AM F***ED!

What do MSers hate?

HEAT!

I absolutely loathe when temperatures hit above 90°F (even 80°F with high humidity sucks).

And that is where the problem lies. Our air conditioner took a dump. Like, i’m pretty sure it’s departed from the Earth. I’m no HVAC tech, but when it gets seriously overfilled and then the next day there is a sudden 20psi drop of r410a, it’s not a good thing. Plus the outdoor unit just kicks on and then off now. At least before it didn’t cool that much but would remove the humidity from the air, but now that is gone.

So I’ve gotta either tech this myself or call someone. If I call someone do I have them actually troubleshoot the problem with the AC or do I have them just install a new unit? I f***ing hate calling someone, but I’m kind of up the creek here. At least we know people in the HVAC business. An TFG it’s only in the 70s this week.

The worst part of it all is I’ve been waking up way earlier than normal with thoughts of ‘Damn it, the AC is broken, and there isn’t much I can do about it.’

It happens when something weighs seriously on my mind.

 

Per Unusual

Ive been crazy busy this spring. This week it has been installing a proper antenna on my roof, not to mention overcoming my acrophobia, which is IMHO not a phobia but a survival instinct. Anyway, here’s the antenna.
The other big thing that has happened thos week is my youngest daughter has officially killed my laptop by dumping a bowl of milk and cereal on it. FML^∞. It has made going on the internet a lot more difficult. Like posting this update via my phone. Seriously, F M L.

Finished

Got the play set done yesterday. Put the last few touches on it.

My dad and I

Spent the last two days assembling a swing set for my children.
Wow – that was a lot of work. My upper body is soooore boy, let me tell you.
Two days into it and we’re almost done.

All I have to do is assemble the teeter tauter (sp?) and assemble the cafe awning. And drive the stakes into the ground so the kids can actually swing on the swings.
Unfortunately, today – the first day of spring break for my kids – it is supposed to snow and be generally crappy outside. So I suppose we won’t be able to use it today. That’s OK, they played on it yesterday while we were building it. Which wasn’t a frustration at all.