Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Quote of the Day:  “It's not the heat, it's the humidity.” ― My father referring to August in Houston, Texas

We are supposed to still be in the dry season, but it is raining every day for two or three hours--a hard rain.  The so-called "short rains" aren't supposed to start until mid November, but we seem to be doing everything a little out of phase now.  At least knowing that the rain will come every afternoon lets us build every morning and shut down by mid-afternoon.  The rain then cools everything off and is actually good for the bricks and concrete, so it's a win all the way around.  The weather here is almost always pleasant.  In almost eight years we have never seen it hotter than 92 degrees or colder than 61 degrees.  I must add however that 92 degrees at the equator is very hot indeed.  They say here that the sun is "mkali" or fierce and shade is always preferred when it gets that hot.  Also, after living here several years, when it hits the mid 60's we are looking for down jackets and wanting to build a fire in the living room.  We have no glass in our windows, so whatever the temperature is outside, it is very close to that inside and the 60's can be very cold--or at least seem that way to us.  We were explaining to some of the folks here that there are places where the air freezes and falls to the ground so that the ground is covered in ice or snow.  The folks here just looked surprised and asked why those people living where it gets that cold don't just run away.  Well, we did.
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