Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Line In The Sand
Everyone has a line in the sand which, once crossed, takes you into a behavior zone different than how you'd normally act. In our house, for instance, we try and conserve electricity whenever possible, as do most homesteaders. Because of that, we frequently sit in an 80 degree house in summer, waiting for the sun to go down, the winds to pick up, and the temperature to drop, at which point we open the windows and let Mother Nature provide us with some free, clean and green air conditioning.
But I have my limits. 80 degrees is my line in the sand as far as the inside temperature goes. At 81 degrees, all bets are off and I reach for the switch that will start up the air conditioning unit...the giant, electricity-sucking air conditioning unit.
As you can see, today the inside temperature hit 81 degrees, something which had not happened in 2014 until today, which is actually pretty good. I broke a sweat, and I reached for the switch. In addition to the heat, we've also had a little monsoon moisture, which has made the air especially sticky. Sticky. Yuck.
It's bad enough that I have my own internal summer most of the time. When the temperature inside the house rises too much, I do what I have to do. I suppose if I were to be in a survival situation, I'd find things to help me deal with the heat, such as losing my temper with my loved ones and sulking in a sweaty heap in a cool hallway.
But until that time, I make no apologies for using the air conditioning when necessary, which can happen when the air inside reaches 81 degrees or I have a hot flash and my internal temperature flares to roughly what the surface of the sun's is.
It's called the Hot Flash Homestead for a reason, ya know.