It will be 92 degrees outside today.
Inside, it’s cold and I have the heater next to my desk, on.
I don’t ever mean to complain about air conditioning. It is wonderful. It means none of us ever has to sit there and sweat buckets in the heat and humidity of a Midwest Summer. It means a break from the thick air that often comes along a few months out of the year in Wisconsin. The cool air is a reprieve. Gives us some consistency in an otherwise unpredictable day. Sometimes there is nothing like the feeling of walking into a building and feeling that first touch of cool air hit your skin. Ahhhhhh. Right?
But I freeze in the A/C. I carry a sweater with me everywhere during the summer months. And if that’s not enough, when I’m at work anyway, the heater underneath my desk gets put to good use.
At home ..
I don’t have air conditioning. Sure, once in awhile I’ve broken down and put in a window unit at times. But never central air. I didn’t grow up with it. I can’t get used to it. I love the windows open, the fresh air, and not feeling like I need to layer clothes in the heat of summer.
But sometimes, along comes a hot stretch that has you rethinking your options.
Like, right now..
The forecast today calls for 92 degrees. A bit cooler than yesterday. I’m pretty sure, my animals at the very least, are displeased with me and our lack of cool air as we are in the midst of a hot stretch. I could hardly rouse them off the floor in front of the fan in the open window last night.
We’re doing our best…
The Cowboy laughed at me last night as he and the kids were all settled nicely into the one room of his house where he’s got an air conditioning window unit of his own. (He’s threatening to go buy one for me when they visit again.)
While the neighbors have offered to help me put in a window air conditioning unit should I break down and get one .. I’m going to do what my dad always made us do as kids. For now, anyway:
Close up the house early enough in the day, the cool air from the night before is still present. Close as many of the drapes as possible to keep sunlight out. And as the evening cools, bring the box fans back out. Put them in the window and bring the cool air back in. And perhaps most important, make sure my daughter doesn’t keep grabbing her fleece full-body-with-footies pajamas to wear to bed at night.
It worked for us then, and for the most part, has until now. (Saying this as I wipe sweat off my brow)
Let’s see how hot the summer of 2012 gets.