I forgot to mention a few days ago that Rebecca has taken the next step in eating solid foods. She’s been having toast for a few days now.
She’s eaten as much as a strip and a half, but still isn’t sure about the new texture/taste. Today, I’m going to try dipping it in her favorite food: mashed banana, and see if she likes that. If nothing else, she’ll suck the banana off the toast.
And the work goes on around us. Yesterday they poured the foundation to our immediate north, which requires a lot of shouting right outside Rebecca’s window. And of course the incessant vibration of the concrete trucks, which rattles our entire house. This morning the workers removed the form boards, which meant a lot of pounding with hammers, tossing one board on top of another, and of course more shouting right outside Rebecca’s window.
So she’s napping in the closet again.
On the other side, the drywall was delivered today. It is apparently impossible to gently set down a sheet of drywall; I’m assuming some union rule requires that each sheet must be dropped from an incredible height so it thumps loudly on the previous sheet. When they start installing it, I’ll actually be relieved since that’s the last really loud thing that will happen to our south.
Then the noise will shift again to the north as they frame the house, install roof decking and shingles, and so on. But we’re getting close.
My wife is off work for the next four days, so we’re planning to spend a lot of time outside the neighborhood, mainly to avoid the noise.
Weather report: Forecasters are predicting 100°F and higher for the next (at least) seven days. Whew. We’ve already had
three four in a row.
100-degree days so far:
May 29: 101°F
June 6: 100°F
June 13: 100°F
June 14: 102°F
June 15: 100°F
June 16: 100°F
One difference between this heat and other places I’ve been… I’ve been to places where the “high” for the day is a temperature that’s reached briefly some time in the afternoon and then quickly abandoned. Not here. Here in Central Texas, if the high is 100°F, that means we reach that temperature at or around 12 noon, and then it stays there until about 6 p.m.
Yesterday for example, we reached 99°F at noon and held it until 4 p.m. when it jumped up to 100°F. It didn’t drop back to 99 until after 7 p.m. (and was still 99 when we shut down the computer at 9:30 p.m.)
(Edited to add June 16′s high temperature.)