And by heat I don't mean, "Oh wow, it's 95 and 100% humidity! Let's put on the AC." No, I mean the fact that I've had the heat on almost every day this month. Yes, that's right. in Aberdeen we still need the heat at times since daytime temperatures max out at 52. I had a little mini crisis of faith yesterday over it. We hadn't seen the sun in weeks -- just a monolith of gray, which in a granite city can make you forget there is color at all in this world. As I was hanging the wash yesterday morning it started to mist hard. A hard mist is the worst kind of rain. It completely soaks everything in a most deceptively subtle way, and it's a form of precipitation that this island has down to an art form. My perpetual laundry dilemma is this. In order to dry the amount of laundry we generate daily, I need to run at least two radiators, but it's just not quite cold enough to do that. However, if I hang the wash out on a gray day in the 50s, it can hang there for 10 hours and still come back inside with that tinge of dampness that makes you yearn for a fluffy, hot dryer. Thankfully although it was mostly gray yesterday, the mist ended quickly and the wind picked up, which completely dried my laundry by bedtime.
This morning the sky is a brilliant shade of blue and we're all squinting at it like moles who have been underground too long. But the current temperature? 44 degrees...sigh. I had been warned repeatedly that the winters here were bleak and depressing and that summers were mild and glorious. I have found it to be EXACTLY the opposite. The winters were dark but cozy at the same time. They were not freezing cold like people said. In fact we never even accumulated more than an inch of snow. And so far the summer -- OK, technically it's not summer yet, but you know what I mean -- has been disappointing, cold and drab. I long for a beach blanket in Cape May and a good summer read, the smell of sunscreen, sand, and sea air. True, I can smell the sea from here, but I assure you that a warm sea breeze smells quite different from a cool one. Trey keeps telling me it's going to warm up and the sun is going to come out. July and August are the glory months they say, whoever THEY are. We'll see...
In the meantime, I have laundry to hang. Got to take advantage of this sunny day while it lasts.
PS Before you think to yourself, "Be thankful for the cooler temperatures. The heat here is just oppressive and you can't even go outside," let me tell you that I LONG for that kind of heat, the kind that sticks to your skin and makes you feel like you're breathing underwater, but if I couldn't have that -- and in Aberdeen I can't because I think their record high here EVER has been 82 -- I would settle for a day in the 60s where I could wear a pair of capris and short sleeves instead of wool sweaters.