What does a 50 something, hot flash menopausal woman do with the first 80 degree day of the season?
That's right. She runs back inside, turns on the AC and plops her red-faced, sweating self in front of a fan.
I have fans everywhere.
I even took one into work.
This girl has got to have a cooling station available at all times.
Our house is North-South facing. Front door North. Back door South. Most of our "living" is done on the backside of our house. Even our bedroom and bathroom are South facing which means that things can heat up around here pretty quickly.
Now for the past fifteen years of living here, we've managed to survive the heat using mini-blinds, curtains and the AC. But now that my personal heat-wave is going into it's 3rd Summer, I've started to look at other possible options to help keep this place a little cooler.
They make window film that does everything from just "shade/block" the heat to the heavy duty stuff they use in Arizona that actually reflects the heat.
Another option is separate awnings for the windows. SM is not keen on this one.
Or we could replace the existing screen material for a Solar Screen that's darker and blocks the heat.
If any of you out there have some experience with these products please share your thoughts with me.
In the meantime, I thought I'd try a little experiment of my own.
"Whatcha doing?" SM asked me the other day as I stood in our bedroom with a roll of heavy duty tinfoil.
"I'm taping tinfoil to the windows to see how much cooler we can make the bedroom feel."
"Uh...you know how that's going to make the house look?"
"Yeah I know."
We've all heard the jokes about crack house trailers with tinfoil on the windows.
"When the law comes knocking on the door just explain to them that you're living with a 52 year old menopausal woman who can spontaneously combust on the spot. And if that doesn't satisfy them than just say that you're living with a crazy lady and it's not got anything to do with you."
"Crazy....Uh huh." SM shakes his head and wanders away.
That's right, Baby. Go to the happy place.