Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Summer Already?

Asalam Alaikum,

It is summer already. The first floor of our house stays relatively cooler in the early morning until just after noon because it gets less sun exposure. The second floor has a line of huge windows, all wide open to catch as much breezes as possible, and the stairwell that leads to the roof is open as well, with only a steel grill for security. With everything open, and it being so hot the second floor gets hot very quickly. So today when I walked from the first floor up the stairs to get something from my room, I was hit with a wall of hot dry air. It was just flattening, and it will only get hotter. Two days ago the BBC weather report said Karachi was going to have a temperature of 34 degrees C(for other USians, that's about 93 degrees F), and it is only mid March.

When we lived in Florida it got pretty hot, and it was always humid. The biggest difference was that we had uninterrupted electricity and AC in just about every building. Here many people don't have AC, (or maybe they have it only in one room), and the electricity is always kind of iffy with the load shedding. It tends to get worse in the summer when people use their AC more, and we get more "unscheduled" load shedding, and tripping.

The first summer we were here it was really bad, and there were a several weeks when we had electricity for only 3-4 hours a day and that was it. Last summer was not as bad, with only 5-6 hours of load shedding and most of the day the lights stayed on. InshAllah this summer will be like this past one and not like the first one.

I am waiting for Tariq to turn on the AC in our room, if I do it he might complain about the electric bill! I have a strong feeling he'll turn it on within two weeks at the latest, as he has had a bit of trouble sleeping well for three nights in a row.


Umm Aaminah said...

Oh sis, I feel for you!! That was one of the hardest adjustments I had to make overseas. When I was in India we had no a/c, just a big cooler that they didn't always use (because of electricity cost).

As none of the men except my husband was mahram for me, I was fully covered and hot as heck! Alhamdulillah for it all. :-)

Aishah said...

That's one of the reasons I am happier when my husbands family are in Abu Dhabi and I am alone here with him. I have to keep fully covered around his brother(non mahram) and his father(weird cultural respect thing my DH has), so when they are here it is a lot harder for me.

Umm Aaminah said...

Yeah alhamdulillah I ended up spending alot of the hottest part of the day in my room so I could lie on the bed in just a light night gown.

However, I had no cooler in my room, just a semi-effective ceiling fan.

I was realllly appreciative to get back home. lol

Adventurous Ammena said...

Im not looking forward to this.. hubby is a horrible sleeper when it gets warm and we have only spent 1 summer together lol :D so I dread to think what hes going to be like there :( I will let you know about that ;)

Adventurous Ammena said...

just read youre wearing hijab around your fil.. does your hubby know of the islamic definitions of mahram? (I ask because some ppl dont when it comes to in laws) Im glad my hubby hasnt asked me that.. although his brother is over for 2 weeks while we are there so Ill be covered then booo ;)

Aishah said...

@Ammena-Oh he knows his father is mahram, its just a respect thing. Bahus(daughters in law) are supposed to really respect the F/MIL.

In Tariq's family for example- his dada(paternal grandfather) never saw Tariq's mother's face, ever. When they were living in the same house she always wore a big chador pulled down and out over her face.