Tag Archives: summer

Refuge from the heat

I’ve been living here for almost 2 years now. I made it through last summer with just ceiling fans. But this summer, with two of us in the house, the need for central air in our little home became glaringly obvious. Our furnace was due for removal anyways, so we decided to do it all at once. And now, I am writing to you from our little climate-controlled piece of heaven.

Reader, meet Bess. She’s our new learning thermostat. It’s only her first day, so she is still adjusting to her surroundings. But over time, she will learn our habits and keep our home happy while we’re away. She looks pretty sleek, and everything makes so much more sense coming from her! Kelvin and I can both control her via our iPhones or our computers. Here’s to many happy years together!

Summer weather and a patio

Whenever possible, we like to eat local. Especially in the west end, we stay away from chain restaurants. Today, however, we made the decision to break from that guideline.

It is hot today. Like high teens hot. A perfect day for patio dining. There aren’t many options in the west end for post church lunch options, and we flirted with the idea of eating at Windmills, but in the end we decided on Jack Astor’s. We have resisted eating there since it opened, because of the effect chains have on local eateries, but no one can argue it has the best patio in the city. Situated adjacent to Market Square, it afforded us a beautiful view of City Hall and the Sunday antiques market.

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We had fairly low hopes for the food, but my Smoky Jack’s burger was actually quite good. Better than Kelvin’s deluxe bacon cheeseburger. And the cranberry fizz lemonade I had (the actual name on the menu escapes me) was not bad either, though a bit too sour.

All in all, it was a good time with a spectacular view. I can’t say we will be here often but we will probably make the trek down (or up) again before the end of the summer.