Friday, August 23, 2013


After almost 10 full days without AC we are finally back to the land of dry, cool air!  The repair guy left around lunchtime today, and now we are playing catch up on the things we didn't do all week, like laundry, major cleaning, or even turning on our computers because they made the room so hot.

I have to admit that I will sort of miss having my windows flung wide open each night, even though everything in our house felt a bit like a soggy sock.  I loved hearing the deer moving through the tall grasses in the field next door, and realized that lots of things are on the move each night as we slumber away.  Some of them made noises that woke me and caused me to bolt to the window in hopes of seeing their silhouettes outlined by the full moon, but the creatures of the night are more stealthy, so I rarely saw whatever it was that screeched, hissed, or maybe even chortled during the wee hours of the morning.

I found I was drawn to simple things, like staying still and reading books, anything that didn't require much movement or heat generating electrical current.  And although we kept lights, computers, and tv watching to a bare minimum, outside there was plenty of electricity being generated.

Hot, humid days are often followed by strong storms in our area, and with the windows open it became a game of cat and mouse as to which way the wind would be blowing and which windows could remain open during each storm.  I love how the sky has a lavender cast to it, not sure why that is, but I haven't adjusted the color in either photo. 

And watching the storms became as interesting as any Pinterest board, and I felt myself wondering what it must have been like for those who lived long before television, computers, and smart phones.  In a way, being without AC, which allows us to close ourselves off to the outside world, became a lesson in paying attention to the beauty that resides right outside my door.

I'm still not sure I want to weather one of our typical summers without the benefit of hardworking AC, but it did leave me a little envious of those in the world who find a certain rhythm in the natural world that surrounds them and move through that world ever mindful of the glory of nature, and not an artificial schedule set up by man. 

I think I may have been gently reminded that sometimes the most powerful forces around us aren't those which we have created or invented, but those which continue on with or without us.  I have a feeling my windows will be open more often in the future.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Waxing all prophetic about the wonders of life without a/c? I think the heat went to your head, Kat dear.

    Seriously, your storm photos are absolutely gorgeous! Glad that you are back in the land of cool, dry air. Have a great weekend!

  2. Well there you are! I missed you and was beginning to wonder what was going on. These images are quite good. Wow! I know what you mean about the windows being open to the goings on of the night. Last week we had a stretch where we turned off the AC units because it was so nice and cool at night and quite bearable during the daytime. So nice falling asleep to the sound of crickets chirping and the occasional owl hooting.

  3. Amazing how you captured the lightning like that. We had a small glitch in our a/c this week, and went without air for two warm nights. Luckily there was a breeze, even if it was a warm one. Our problem seemed to just be a misfiring wire that was an easy and inexpensive fix for the pro, though fingers crossed that nothing else happens.

  4. I love lightening images! good for you!.....smiles

  5. I so enjoyed this . . . Open Windows . . .

  6. There is something very special about having the windows open. We put air conditioners in the kids bedrooms for the summer. Our daughter uses hers almost every night. My son...only sometimes. We sleep with just a little window fan. I like it because I cannot stand not being able to hear things at night. Instead, like you, I listen for the deer...or coyotes. We have ac in the kitchen/living space (mostly for the dog). We used it a lot during the 90 degree heat waves in July, but we have had a fall like August...odd season. Happy weekend.

  7. The storm pictures you've taken, Kat, are amazing. We were forecast thunderstorms here today but they haven't materialised as yet. It's quite muggy here too and our bedroom windows are all thrown open.

  8. Sounds rather lovely! The photos are beautiful... stormy skies are so interesting...Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Fabulous photos, Kat, and I loved the thoughts in your post about our electronics disconnecting us from the real world around us. Although, I admit that I wouldn't want to endure the still air and humidity presently hovering around our cool/dry house. (wimpy!) :-)

  10. Goodness Kat-- you took this in stride- way better than I would have! I'm not very tolerant of power outages:(

    Your storm pictures are truly amazing--- I'm really happy for you that all is well now. Hopefully no more power loss--- until maybe the winter !

  11. I am catching up with yout posts. Each photo is more beautiful than the last. I adore the storm pictures. That is what I call making the best out of bad situation! I am not very good at not having A/C!
    I thoughly enjoy your blog!
    xo Cindy

  12. Your off the grid experience
    actually sounds heavenly to
    me, Kat. Technology has become
    something of a chore for me,
    constantly squawking for my
    attention. I am struggling with
    how to balance the natural world,
    as you so eloquently describe it,
    and being connected. I'm happy
    for the connection with my girl
    so far away, but I also long for the
    days when the mailbox contained
    real letters, and when reading books
    and swing on hammocks was just
    ENOUGH on a summer's day.

    Great food for thought and the pics
    are really beautiful!

    xo Suzanne

  13. I have vivid memories of watching storms through the screen door as a A/ was just part of summer. These photos are really beautiful, Kat!

  14. Love the colour of the stormy sky with all the different shades of purple and gray. It's fun to be connected to nature like that, isn't it? It's one of the things I like about going to the cottage.

  15. A perfect reminder of the need to stay connected with the world outside our windows. Your storm photos have such a powerful mood to them! xo


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