With the heat and humidity being so intense over the weekend, it seemed that there was alot of discussion about air-conditioning during the past few days.
You know, we didn't have air-conditioning when I was a child. My sister, Debbie and I shared a bedroom...a SMALL bedroom.....and I remember we had a screen in the window but we didn't even have a fan! BUT, I also don't have any memories of not being able to sleep because of the heat either. Actually, I don't remember the heat and humidity being a big deal at all when I was a child.
If my memory serves me correctly, I don't remember having any fans in the house. I'm sure we must have had at least one but I just don't remember it and neither do my siblings. And, yet, we don't remember complaining about the heat, either.
It was what it was. It was just what happened in the summer. It got hot. You still played, rode your bike, waded in the "crick", built brush forts in the woods, swung from a grapevine - if you could find a good sturdy one that was attached securely to said tree, although on occasion it wouldn't be and you would go "THUD" and survive without breaking any bones. :-)
Johnny, my twin brother, and I played on, whether it was hot or not. It was summer. That was what you did. You woke up, ate breakfast, threw on some clothes and headed outside to see what adventure awaited or that you could conjure up! :-)
We built treehouses, played cowboys and indians, combat and spent our weekly quarter allowance on old bike parts and started a bike repair shop in an old out-building. We were always up to something! :-) The heat and humidity didn't stop us!
Anywayyyy.....back to the AC.
Daniel, Erin, and Jaylon stayed with friends this past weekend AND the only AC was in the main bedroom, which wasn't Daniel and Erin's. All they had was a fan.
But they had a great time! I guess I just can't believe that Daniel, especially, stayed and was able to sleep without AC!!! I mean, he sleeps with a fan on in the winter!!!
I was just amazed that they spent four days away without AC. AND they didn't even complain about it.
It was HOT and HUMID this past weekend with a heat index of well over 100 and it is going to continue through this week.
Our pastor's mother, who is 87, doesn't have AC in the main part of her house upstairs at ground level, where she sleeps. She told me that she opens the two bedroom windows and actually sleeps pretty well.
The basement of her house is like a second little house downstairs and she spends some of her time down there where it is just naturally cool.
Me? I'd be sleeping down there, too! :-) But she has alot of difficulty getting up and down the stairs now so she spends most of her time upstairs. And she doesn't complain about the heat. It just is what it is.
Sooooooo, we had our annual church picnic on Sunday evening........outside......in the heat and humidity. There was nary a breeze to be felt. It was suffocating. Hazy. You get the idea.
I think I am turning into a complete wimp where the heat is concerned!
Oh. well. Well, I say that but then I'm reading about how this week is really going to put a burden on the country's power grids because of the high demand during this heatwave and I get a little concerned because I LOOOOOVE me some AC!!!! :-0
And then.....to top it all off.....even with the AC keeping the house cool, we usually have one ceiling fan and an occilating fan running.
See? I am a wimp! :-/
Sooooo, how do you feel about the AC? Can you take it or leave it? Do you even have AC?
Oh wait, there are a couple of other comments I wanted to make.
The first air-conditoner I remember us having when I was a child was a big window unit that Dad put in the middle room of our house.
BUT before we got that, Mom and Dad bought a car that had air-conditioning. I remember them taking a ride in the evening to get cooled down. :-)
I only remember Mom and Dad having the big window unit, not ever central air.
Oh, and when I was single and living on my own, I didn't have AC in any of my apartments until the last one before Ed and I got married.
It had CENTRAL AIR! I thought I had died and gone to heaven but it didn't last long.
You see, it was an old unit and the landlord told me that when it quit, he wouldn't be replacing it.
Well, I had only been living there for perhaps two months and it quit!!! Sooooo, I bought a fan and that was that! AND I don't have any recollection of it being so terribly awful in having to deal with the heat and humidity.
When Ed and I got married, we lived in this same apartment without AC. We then bought our first house and it had a HUGE window AC unit and it was sooooo noisy. It roared! It was in the living room and when we tried watching TV, this AC was so loud it made it virtually impossible to hear the TV unless you really turned it up.......yes, you had to get up and TURN the TV up then. :-) My, how things have changed!
And then, the way the rooms in the house were positioned, the AC didn't cool the other rooms down very well, though we did use a fan or two to try and circulate the cool air around the rest of the house.
Then we moved into our mobile home, in which we live now. We brought the big window AC unit with us and if that thing roared in the bigger house, you can only imagine how it was in this smaller home. Oh my!
We actually sold it after awhile because we just couldn't stand the noise and we didn't haven't AC for some time until we moved our mobile home to where we are now.
We now have central air and I looooove it!!!!! And not too long ago, the power went out AND, believe it or not, we DID manage to sleep pretty well that night, in spite of not having AC.
So, I guess the bottom line is that we can do what we have to do, hm? If we HAD to live without AC, we would just do it, BUT I do loooooove me some cool, breeze-blowing AC! Yes, I do! :-)
AND if all else fails, I guess we could just do what this cute little guy is doing, hm? :-)