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    So Glad to Have Air Conditioning

    Remember how hot it was the first week of June? It was so hot that I couldn’t go out to sun myself some days. It was for days like this that I insisted we put air conditioning in our house.

    What we have are window size air conditioners that are built into the walls of the house. There is one in each bedroom and a larger one in the living area. Herman likes to call it “zoned” air conditioning, but it’s really just three window type units.

    Because I can’t perspire, due to the MS, I was pretty insistent on air conditioning. And yes, there are only a few days in the year when we need it up here in the Adirondacks. But when we need it, we really need it.

    Herman had his own things he insisted on, like an automatic dishwasher. Which, by the way, broke recently. We called Ruby and Quiri and they had someone up within two days who fixed it right away. So Herman only had to wash dishes by hand for a couple of days. But he was still glad to have it fixed.

    Did I ever tell you that when we were building the house Herman and I were both insistent on a couple of appliances? I wanted a two-door refrigerator with ice and water in the door and Herman had to have his dishwasher. The rest was pretty routine, with the only notable thing being a front load clothes washer when we heard the spiel on how much better it worked than the top loads.

    And let me tell you, it really does work well. Instead of having an agitator that beats your clothes to pieces, the clothing rotates around, in and out of the water and rubs against itself for a much gentler cleaning action. (I’m starting to sound like a commercial.)

    The washer also spins out about three times faster than a top loader, so the clothes need less drying time, saving energy on the dryer and uses less than half the amount of detergent. Now, with the warmer temperatures, I’m less inclined to use the dryer, instead, I have Terry hang it on the clothesline for that fresh, clean smell that can’t be duplicated by any machine. Plus, the dryer doesn’t heat up the house.

    Which brings us back to the air conditioning, which is on as I write this, and boy am I glad!


    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