Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Sweet Relief

For a lot of reasons, we don't have air conditioning in our house. We do have a giant old window unit that can theoretically be put in the kitchen, but I hate the thing so much (and A. hates it even more) that it very rarely actually gets put in.

We don't typically have temperatures over 100 degrees, and more importantly, the humidity here is usually pretty low, so it's manageable. 

But there are days. Days when a hot wind has been blowing constantly, and there are thunderstorms brewing all around that raise the humidity level. Days when I have to bake bread or otherwise heat up the kitchen. 

Days when the outdoor temperature readout on my shiny new Honda's dashboard informs me it's 100 degrees*. 

Those days are not comfortable.

We have ceiling fans, and my bedroom is on the east side of the house, so I can usually get by with reading in my bed with the fan going during the hottest part of the day.

But if a storm rolls in? Then the wind will pick up, the temperature will drop twenty degrees in thirty minutes, and all windows and doors in the house will be opened to let an honest-to-goodness cool breeze blow all through the house.

Bedroom curtains billowing in a cool breeze from a storm.

Air conditioning is nice, and certainly convenient, but there is nothing like the feel of a cool rain-laden breeze after you've been sweating all day. 

Nature's A/C is perfect.

*Although to be honest, this was when I had driven somewhere off our high plateau, so it was only about 94 degrees at my actual house at this moment.


mbmom11 said...

Those cool winds bringing in storms are glorious.
I wish we could do without AC, but if it's over 90 for more than a day, we have to have it or we all get cranky. If it's under 90, we close the blinds, keep fans going, and cool the house at night with open windows.

Marty52 said...

Have you tried a swamp cooler? Ideal for your climate.

Anonymous said...

We live in the woods, so our house is not as hot as one that would be in a development or one without shade trees. We don't have a/c either. Just ceiling fans & box fans & find that it's quite comfortable.

Anonymous said...

We have been blessed in the Twin Cities with cool weather, but it has been raining for weeks! I think that we have had four rain-free days this month. Mary in MN

Kit said...

we didn't have AC until we moved to Maryland, which is so hot and humid that I'm very thankful for it. But we're leaving on a camping trip tomorrow and it's supposed to be close to 100 the rest of the week (lows in the low 70s) so I will just have to remember Mary trying on her woolen dress in the hot shanty on the prairie. And sit in the shade.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Marty52: There's a giant old one that I guess was used in the shop by previous inhabitants of our house, but we've never used it.

Kit: Those temperatures do not sound fun. But I did smile at the mention of Mary and her dress. A true LIW fan.

Gemma's person said...

WOW , what a woman!