Blinded By The Light
The front of our house is all glass windows. There are
four windows on the front of the first floor level not
including the glass doors. Before we even started building
the house we were at Moore’s Lumber in Johnstown.
We saw these glass doors on display which had internal
blinds between the thermo-panes of glass and liked them.
I just knew I had to have them.
on the second floor level (the front of our house is actually
17 foot high cathedral ceilings) there are four large
windows, the largest on top which is nearly six feet by
six feet. We wanted a good view of the lake and we got
5:30 P.M. the sun comes in the upper windows and starts
to heat up the house as well as blinding anyone looking
towards the lake. Although it doesn’t last long,
for about supper time and shortly thereafter, we have
to hide and maneuver around the glaring sun streaming
in the front of our house.
day in May, it got so hot in the front of the house that
Herman and I retreated to the back of the house in the
master bedroom to have dinner and watch the evening news.
(It always stays a little cooler in the back of our house.)
We both thought having to hide in the back of our house
was a bit ridiculous.
I’m a big one for sun worshipping, sitting outside
and getting my tan and so on. But once I come inside the
house, the sun is a different story. Even with the windows
open, the house simply has too much heat gain and gets
unbearably hot. You have to remember that due to the MS,
I am particularly sensitive to heat anyway.
is the reason why in the summer I can be seen sitting
in the lake in my manual wheelchair. It keeps me cooled
off. Otherwise, someone has to stand by and spray me with
water on a regular basis to keep my cool.
Herman started hunting for drop blinds that would coordinate
with the blinds we already had for our lower windows.
I bought the lower window blinds before the house was
even built, even though our house designer said that was
a bad idea, in case they didn’t fit. Fortunately,
we didn’t have to change anything on that level,
so the blinds still fit the finished product.
blinds to fit two of the windows at Wal-Mart, but nothing
to fit the huge upper window and the wide window just
below that one. After calling everywhere we could think
of, the lady at ACE Hardware recommended Home Depot because
of their large blinds section.
to Home Depot we go, and sure enough they had the blinds
we needed. So now we can recover from the sun when we
come inside at the end of a long, hard day of sunning
at the beach
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com