Saturday, October 01, 2005

Cooler Weather

In south Florida, October means I can stop planning my life around the weather, for a while. We do not use our air conditioner, so all through the summer months--that's April through October--I'm strategically placing fans and scheduling my cooking and laundry activities, opening and closing doors at key times to control the air flow and so on. In the morning, getting ready for work, it's important not to shower too soon. I need to shower just before dressing, in order to get the pantyhose on without sweating. On days I'm riding my bike to work, I can wear shorts and sandals, but then there's the whole separate strategy of getting my clothes to work in the bike basket, folded and protected so they won't be too wrinkled to wear when I arrive.

All this effort saves us hundreds of dollars each year in electric bills. It also contributes to the ecological health of the planet. But mostly, it means that we can enjoy fresh air and breezes, and the sounds of nature, all year round. Sitting at the computer right now, I can hear the sound of water flowing in the backyard fishpond, and the distant call of a hawk, and the songs of mockingbirds, as well as the rumble of automobile traffic and an occasional train. I'm not shut up in a closed box with piped-in air. It's my preference. It's a big part of the reason that I live in Florida.

5 comments:

CagedRabbit said...

Eeeewww, pantyhose. I don't think I could get pantyhose on in Florida. Thankfully I've avoided wearing pantyhose for quite awhile now. I admire your efforts with not using air conditioning. I lived in Houston for a few years with minimal air conditioning at home - it was a pleasure to escape to work in the summer. Here in Seattle, we keep the heat very low. My sister nearly froze to death when she visited last September - cool, rainy, dark September.

(BTW, I usually post on Joel's boodle as mostlylurking, but that "identity" was already taken!)

Pixel said...

I was stationed in Homestead in 87-88 (before it was destroyed by Andrew) and while we had A/C in the barracks, my old Volvo did not. It was usually bearable but sometimes it was hellish! I used to love going to the beach at Biscayne Bay (Florida State Park, I think it was) and we also used to go down to the Keys quite a lot, especially Isla Morada and Key Largo but also Key West, since some friends were stationed there.

Anonymous said...

sorry k - i live by air conditioning! but then i'm always hot! i hate being hot! and pantyhose... i don't do 'em i tell ya! when i lived in la it was accepted to go sans pantyhose and i've never gone back to 'em even tho i'm back on the right coast... can't stand 'em!

mo

Anonymous said...

It certainly sounds romantic. But let me tell you, the teenage daughter was NOT happy about it for all those years.

Alice

Anonymous said...

It certainly sounds romantic. But let me tell you, the teenage daughter was NOT happy about it for all those years.

Alice