I'm not turning on the air conditioning until we get into that sort of weather, even though I've currently got 22 bucks and change credit with the power company. I had forgotten about the energy saving rebates they give out in April, and had the pleasant surprise of discovering that my bill this month is zero dollars. I'd been expecting it to be about forty, so I could have that much more to spend this month, but I think I'll try to save toward the probably enormous air conditioning bills hat will be coming in a couple of months, and sooner if we get one of those nasty spring heat waves.
Last night I made a pot of chili, but it did not turn out well. That's twice since I've been here that I've made chili, and neither time was it a success. This particular batch was not as bad as the first one, though, so maybe I'll reacquire my lost skillz eventually. I was actually pretty good at it until now, but for now I'm still fighting with this smaller kitchen and the new utensils, and the electric range in particular.
To make up or last night's disappointing dinner I finally got around to trying a lunch special from the Chinese place down the road. It was actually fairly good, and not extremely costly, and th short walk meant I got it home faster than we used to get it home in the car from the place we bought from when I was a kid. I did, however, miss the hot mustard Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles used to provide, and maybe still do. I haven't had it since coming to northern California, so I guess it's not part of the regional culture.
The midnight train just went by across town, and boy is it loud with the windows and door open. It was loud enough to hear when they were closed, but now it sounds like it's just the other side of the freeway, which is itself quite a bit louder now. Forget how much noisier this part of Chico is than Paradise, it's noisier than the last neighborhood I lived in in L.A.
I'm still following the found cat posts on social media, and still no sign of any of my cats. Fewer are being brought in now, but I'm seeing a growing number of posts about pregnant females who are giving birth to litters of kittens at the shelters not long after being trapped. I wonder how many cats still roaming in the fire zone are also giving birth? Life is likely to be short for an awful lot of those little guys.
90 degrees tomorrow, which is about what it was today. It's still expected to cool of a bit next week. I certainly hope it does. It's gotten way too warm way too soon this year. But in the meantime I'm going to get this place as chilly as I can with outdoor air before I close those windows. It's down to 76 now, which is about a three degree drop in an hour, so it's not looking too bad, and the Internet says it's down to 72 outside, so the apartment is catching up. Maybe it will get down to the high sixties in here, so I'll have a running start on tomorrow's heat.