It is really hot! Even for those of us who have air-conditioned homes and cars, it's TOO D*MN HOT! We expect it to be a high of 110F. today and a low tonight / tomorrow morning of 79F. I have a little outdoor atrium between my living room and dining room - it was 119F. out there yesterday - in the shade! I stayed indoors!
This morning, bright and early, the carpet installer arrived to re-carpet the second bedroom in my little house. There wasn't a thing wrong with the previous one until I rented that room to the young couple who were here during my Mexican adventure. They had rented the house next door to mine all the time I've been in this neighborhood and they told me they were 'saving' to buy a house and would love to rent the second bedroom in my house for the months I was to be away. As I had 'known' them, I just invited them in and felt quite comfortable leaving them with the use of the whole house. I asked that they monitor my mail, keep the house clean, notify me of any 'issues,' and deposit rent and utility payment into my bank account. For all intents and purposes, none of this really happened. There were sporadic deposits made a few times, always with the promise that they'd get caught up. I was very disappointed but thought they were, at least, in the house and maintaining things for me with respect to the property - NOT!
This has been a really expensive learning experience for me ... rent and utilities in great arrears, ruined bedroom carpeting, broken vacuum cleaner, mold growing in kitchen and one bathroom .... and a few more things, including leaving lots of old clothing, sports equipment, tools, housewares, etc. - most with really no value - in the garage. This is why I've so carefully put together the Rental Agreement with the soon-to-be tenants. As I was developing the components of this Rental Agreement, I kind of felt like the Wicked Witch of the West; but, hey, I don't want a repeat of the previous experience!
As I haven't been taking many photos lately ....
Thought I'd insert this pic of a Blue Morphus butterfly taken at a Butterfly Zoo in Costa Rica
in July 2012. This magnificent species only lives in all its glorious color for 18 days!