Friday, June 20, 2008

All Bundled up - Summer Mornings


This was our thermostat last week at 7am - 62 degrees. I was so happy! I had opened all the windows in the house and strategically placed fans to bring the wonderful cool air inside. The thermostat touted my success. If we closed the windows at the right time chances are the air conditioner wouldn't come on until well into the afternoon. My family was not as enthusiastic. Mark put on a jacket and asked where his warm pj pants were. Jenn came down in her warm robe and curled up on the couch in a tight ball. Christian commented that it was freezing. Truth be told, the house is not this cold in the winter time... maybe I've over done it?

Cool (maybe even chilly) mornings in the summer are what I grew up with. I realized only ten or so years ago that my childhood home in the San Fernando Valley (north east of LA) didn't have central air. We had one room air conditioner in the den. My mom would always open the windows in the morning to cool the house and then close it up hoping it would stay comfortable for as long as possible. On days the thermometer hit 100 or higher she would turn on the air in the den and we all hung out in there watching TV, reading or listening to records (OK, I'm old) and dancing around. Cool summer mornings are so refreshing - I feel like I can breathe and make it through the hot day. Maybe that's why I felt like I was suffocating during those 8 summers in Arizona, it was hot 24/7... But that's no reason to freeze my family - Sorry guys!

3 comments:

LISA said...

I didn't know we didn't have central air!
I know it was 114 today and my air was set on 79 and was running but at 3pm it was 82 in the house. Poor thing. If I set it to 81, it will be 84, sigh.
It is your fault I live here. "It is so great"...

Amy said...

I loved being chilly in the mornings in the summer...I totally agree with you Mom--very refreshing. And...I don't think you owe us an apology :-). At least when you are cold, you can add on more layers--when you are hot, you can only strip down so far....

Tracy said...

Karen--I happened to catch your comment on Becky's updates, and came to check out your blog. It's so great to see your family and all that you do. And I'm extremely jealous of your chilly mornings. That must be nice. Tell everyone hello for me. Hugs from Tracy Haynes