Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I am trying to get motivated to go for a walk. It's in the low 70s and won't reach 80 until mid morning. Wooohoooo. The heat has been a killer this summer and I will be so glad to see it go. I am particularly glad that there is an end in site for the people without A.C. They have set up extra facilities for people to get inside a cool spot (primarily for the elderly) but it's never enough for the need. I was struck by the catch 22 situation of air conditioning units being offered to people that could establish their need in terms of health and finances, however, they also had to be able to establish that they could pay the increases in their electric bills which the A.C. units would bring. Let me see if I can get this straight. There is a city wide program to provide people living below the poverty line with an air conditioner if they have health issues which means the excessive heat is dangerous for them but at the same time they can't be poor because they have to be able to pay the higher electric bills that will result from having an A.C. unit. Those are the kind of radio reports that make me want to drive off the road in frustration.I could say a great deal more on the topic of programs which always seem to fall short of helping people that need them the most but I guess I'll get back to my petty concerns. Yesterday I took photographs of all the vines and ivies which I haven't started to deal with yet, knowing that now that I have opened the door to being sensible, anything can happen. Removing the miniature fig vine and carolina jasmine from my chimney and siding was only the first and most needed step. Now I have to decide about the increasingly thick ivy on the bricks and the rasberry, potato vine and ameliopsis on my deck wall. The good thing about the deck wall is the damage is already done. Years of birds drilling holes and nesting inside the wall means the plant matter serves the much needed role of hiding the damage. The big decisions will come when I replace the wall.The gate and fence is safe too. I hate chain link fencing and bit by bit it has been softened by vines and in terms of the borders of my secret garden, completely hidden by nandina, blueberry, and privet hedges. It's taken a while but my secret garden is almost secret enough for me to walk outside in my night gown and not worry about scaring my neighbors. The only thing I have to keep in mind is the meter readers. They have a hard enough job running from meter to meter in the heat without being scared by half naked old women. I wonder when the demands put on being a meter reader made them start running. They used to walk between houses but now they all run. Stuff like that bothers me.