There was good news in the utility bill that came today, though. Even though I used the air conditioner quite a bit over the last month the bill still came to less than forty dollars. That means I can afford to lower the thermostat a bit more, and turn the machine on earlier every day. Even though it is already quite a bit hotter than the previous month, and likely to get even worse, I think there's a good chance I can be more comfortable (at least indoors) without having the bill go over sixty bucks. That's affordable.
And despite this having been a pretty hot day I still managed to get my ass in gear and go on that bus ride to Raley's market, where I picked up a few good deals that will at least partly make up for not getting to Safeway this week (though there is still a slight chance that I'll be able to go there tomorrow.) I indulged myself by buying three apricots. I haven't seen them for less than $2.99 a pound for a long time, which is what they were today, and they are most often at least a dollar more. Apricots are my favorite summer fruit, but they are just to expensive anymore. When I was a kid we used to pick them off of the trees that hung out over the public streets in our neighborhood. I never expected apricots to become a luxury item.
One thing I keep forgetting to buy is a bottle of lemonade. I've been sitting here thinking how nice a glass of it would be right now. I could have bought some when I went to CVS this evening for beer and bread, but it didn't occur to me. I I do get to Safeway tomorrow I'll get some, even if it's not on sale, and If I don't get to Safeway I can always hit the stores in the Plaza once it gets close to sunset. In the meantime I'm going to fix a lass of ice water and go out into the sultry night and listen to my cricket.