Yup, it’s hot here… hot, hot, hot!
Actually, the thermostat/clock/calendar on my computer tells me it is 91.5 degrees in my house right now. But, don’t tell my mom, she thinks I’m nuts for doing this (as do most of my friends).
No, I don’t have my a/c on, and don’t intend to turn it on anytime soon. I am sitting under a wonderful ceiling fan and actually have another large fan pointing into my office as I work. Actually, that fan is more for my 14-year-old Aussie. She’s being a real trooper, as long as she can be near the fan, she is almost like a puppy these days. I wish I had her energy right now.
Sitting in front of and under these fans makes it comfortable… but if I get up to say, hang or take down a load of laundry as I already have today, or go to the kitchen for lunch, or even to the “facilities”, I feel the heaviness of the heat.
Generally when I get real hot like this I would take several showers a day to cool off and de-stinkefy myself. But, I am trying to do with less water as well (I swear I’m not sure I will ever make 90% less) I am showering every 2-3 days unless I have meetings or will be out around other people.
When I start to hear myself complain – as I have done a good deal today – I remind myself that my ancestors didn’t have air conditioning. And, even though I work hard during the day, my “desk job” is not nearly as strenuous as say working in the fields or cooking over a hot stove. I’m not sure if they ever complained about the heat back then… but then again, from the stories I’ve been told it was snowing 365 days a year, with snow over the electric lines – even though they didn’t have electricity back then… but I digress.
As a 43-year-old, I realize that I have spent most of my life viewing (and sometimes participating in) excess.
Going from extreme comfort to a lifestyle which requires a form of deprivation can feel almost like a punishment.
Then other times I wonder why I should bother to care so much about the environment – I don’t have children (and never will) – if people with children don’t care what type of world we will be leaving them, then why should I?
Other times I find myself feeling a little smug. I can survive with less – I bet “they” couldn’t.
Of course, surviving with less is nothing like surviving with none. Until that time I will be dependant on the electric company for my refrigerator, lights, television, washing machine, dishwasher and the blower for my furnace. I will be dependant on the gas company for heating my house to keep the pipes from freezing. I will be dependant on the water company and the sewer company for the services they provide.
There are things I can do along the way to use less… but they all require chunks of money (and probably checking on local zoning laws, etc.) But, for today, I will try and do better than I did yesterday and last week and last year. Progress, not perfection. 🙂