Forget those goals I had about not using the AC! It's ON and struggling to keep the house temp somewhere near 84 degrees. The guy nextdoor had his AC set to 78 and woke up one morning to 82 just to learn that his system has a leak of some sort. Here in North Texas, when your AC goes in August folks send you sympathy cards as though someone died in your family.
No rain lately, either, so I've been forced to water the garden, which will henceforth be called the "for what it's worth" garden. BOTH tomato plants which seemed so healthy a while ago apparently have blights and what I'd thought to be zuccini volunteers have turned out to be cucumber/canteloupe/watermelon volunteers.
There's some talk of a slight coolfront for the weekend, but I'll believe it when I see it. It would be great, though, because Diane and her family are coming at the beginning of next week to partake in the last week of Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor. We're hoping to feed them a few times while they're here.
So, since I can't be as environmentally conscious as I'd like this month, I'm turning my activism towards the war in Iraq while keeping environmentalism on a side-burner. I've never seen a war that I liked, but this one in Iraq is particularly frustrating to me, so I'll be in Fort Worth on September 1 expressing MY opinion about it. Interestingly enough, it seems that Darth Cheney Vader expressed HIS opinion about a war with Iraq in 1994, as seen here:
Is his CRS disease worse than mine? I dunno.
In other news, I've really enjoyed the writings of a young blogster (Chris) who is
trying to incorporate environmentalism with settling in to a new (for her) apartment, so I've asked for and been granted permission to include a link here to her blog. I encourage y'all to check out some of the things she's done/doing at Apt*, paying attention to sublinks such as Bag-a-cork and Girl Guides. Who knew the Canadian version of girl scouts could do something other than sell cookies? She's got worms (to compost her trash) and devised a bandana-purse of sorts so she wouldn't need to use paper towels in public places; quite creative, if you ask me! She gives pause to the "but I live in an apartment" argument.