This year we did not have a winter at all. There were only three cold days and even those three days were not very cold. There were instead many muggy days during the winter that just ended. It is now spring, which should be pleasant. But almost every morning when I look out the window I see fog. Foggy and muggy days depress me a lot. I cannot dry laundry in my kitchen balcony and must use the dryer in my washing machine, which wastes electricity. A muggy day is an unpleasantly warm and humid day. If something depresses you, it means it makes you unhappy and without hope.
What depresses me most about prolonged muggy days is that they cause mold (mould in British English) to grow on my walls, closets, and even my shoes. The word "prolong" means to make something last longer. The word "mold" has several meanings but used this way it means a type of fungus that grows on walls, clothes, and even food during prolonged muggy days. Recently, the walls near the windows of all the rooms in my apartment were covered with black mold. I was shocked. My part-time domestic helper and I spent a long time cleaning the mold. We tried our best not to breathe in the mold spores.
A spore is a tiny cell that can reproduce by itself. Spores in fungi (plural of fungus) multiply very quickly in muggy or humid conditions. Mold can cause many types of health problems, such as coughing, itchy skin, stuffy or runny nose, and red eyes. In fact, I often have a runny nose when I am at home. One way to clean mold on walls is to mix bleach with water to wipe away the mold. It is also important to open the windows in your apartment to let fresh air in. But as I said in a previous column, I don’t like opening the windows in my apartment because I don’t want insects to fly in.
今年我們完全沒有冬天，只得三天寒冷，那三天還也不是那麼冷。剛完結的那個冬季倒是有許多悶熱潮濕（muggy）的日子。現在春季已到，本應是宜人的。然而，差不多每個早上起來，我望出窗外也只見到霧。多霧與悶熱潮濕（muggy）的天氣令我很消沉（depress）。我不能在廚房露台晾乾我那洗了的衣服，而一定要用洗衣機內的乾衣功能，浪費了很多電。A muggy day就是令人不舒服的悶熱潮濕日子。若某事depresses你，那即是說它令你沮喪、心灰意冷。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧