Do you love hot weather? Anyone who reads my blog knows that I don’t. Yes, it’s great to have a green lawn and pretty flowers. But I really don’t like air conditioning. A sweater is a must if you’re going from a blazing hot day into a store, movie, restaurant or just about any public place. It’s always too cold inside for me. And my own home is no exception. Summer is when the battle of the thermostat begins. Are you smokin’ hot or cold?
Your husband may turn down the thermostat when you’re out in the kitchen fixing breakfast. He’s hoping you won’t notice. And then, all of a sudden, you’re breaking out in goosebumps. My husband, being a kindly person, hates to see me shiver. At that point, he will turn the air conditioning down until my lips are no longer blue. Half an hour later, he’s breaking out in a sweat and pulling off his shirt. Now, I’m turning down the thermostat, and putting on a sweater. After all, it’s the same as winter. You can always dress for warmth, but there isn’t much you can do if you’re too hot, except maybe jump in a swimming pool.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a pool at our house. Been there, done that, many moons ago when I lived in Florida. Pool maintenance took both money and energy. At times, I felt like a janitor, and vowed I would never have a pool again.
Are you way too hot or too cold?
The battle of the thermostat started in Indiana last week, when the temperatures got up into the 80’s. I’m bracing myself, because I know it will go on all summer. Every place I go— supermarket, restaurant, hotel—it’s going to be too cold. Last July, ,I sat an hour in a frigid doctor’s office and came down with a miserable summer cold. Why do doctors think it’s healthy to make their patients sit in a freezer?
One solution we’ve come up with at home is an auxiliary air conditioner in one upstairs bedroom. The sweaty person can sleep in the cool room, on dry sheets, and the cold blooded one can enjoy the warmth and humidity they crave. It’s not very romantic, but it sure beats the battle of the thermostat.