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    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.

    Anyway, 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 it.

    Around 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.

    One 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.

    Now, 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.

    This 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.

    So, 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.

    We found 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.

    So off 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