With the economic downturn, I was laid off, unfortunately at the same time as my divorce. On my own, I must maintain a tight rein on my budget. Since I must use the air-conditioning in the 1940's, all-brick apartment building where I live to survive the 9-day, 106 degree heatwave St. Louis is experiencing, I stay home.
I planted flower seeds in claypots that I keep outside. I go outside to water them twice a day to keep them from frying in the blistering summer sun. In addition, I keep a small, concrete, "seashell" birdbath filled with fresh, cool water that I change throughout the day for the birds and squirrels. Yesterday, I brought a flowering plant inside, placed by the landlord outside the building entrance, as it was dying in the unrelenting afternoon sun. I had been watering it daily, but that was not enough in the exteme heatwave and drought we are experiencing. I put the plant under a cool shower in the tub, let it cool down, as even the pot was hot, removed all the dead flowers, and set it in a sunny spot within my apartment. It looks amazing now. I'll put it back outside when the temperature normalizes. In my own small way, I try to look out for life that cannot readily care for itself, making small differences that bring me enormous satisfaction.