Thursday, July 1, 2021

Frumpkin and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fan

Some of you may remember Older Daughter's cat, Frumpkin.


Poor Frumpkin has been feeling the heat, just like everyone else during this vicious heat wave. He has such incredibly thick fur, you see, and since he's now an indoor cat, he hasn't been shedding like he used to. I don't know about you, but the last thing I'd want to do in a heat wave is wear a heavy fur coat.

Older Daughter doesn't have air conditioning, but fortunately her little apartment is half-built into a hillside, so she gets the benefit of earth-berm insulation both winter and summer. (The disadvantage is high humidity. We gave her a de-humidifier for Christmas, and it empties about a quart of water per day from the air.) 

So, since fans are now scarce everywhere, Older Daughter is getting by on what she calls the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fan (a small desk unit). She placed this on the floor, and Frumpkin basically hasn't moved from it in days. (You can see it at the top center of the photo.)

Older Daughter says the temp inside her apartment hasn't gone above 80F, which is pretty durned good for not having air conditioning when it's 107F outside. She's also been sleeping on the floor alongside Frumpkin, parked in front of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fan.

Terrible/horrible or not, a fan is a fan, and she's grateful to have it. Everyone will be glad when this heat breaks.


  1. Our dog and cat do the same when it is truly too hot.

    This reminds of me of a lot of coast area cities all along the West Coast where they did not typically install air conditioning as it is seldom needed - except, of course, when it is.

  2. He is so cute! I'm sure all your readers are happy for an update on Frumpkin.

  3. I have been thinking about Frumpkin and was going to ask you if you could give us an update on him and lo and behold, there it is! He's a beautiful cat and it's fun to hear about him. Glad life worked out beautifully for him! Keep the updates coming.

  4. When I had cats I brushed them with the Furminator in the Summer. It thinned out their fur so the heat would be more tolerable for them. I bought the smallest size. It didn't hurt them; they loved the attention.