[LMB] 2014 NASFIC and weather

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Mon Sep 19 19:28:47 BST 2011

One other suggestion: minimize cooking indoors. In the summer, we don't 
run the oven unless the temperature's lower than normal, and even then we 
only do it late at night (for a cake etc.). We use the top of the stove 
for cooking if necessary, plus the microwave, and especially the gas BBQ 
outdoors. And eat a lot of cold meals (salads etc.) Why add heat to the 

In past days, this was accomplished by having a summer kitchen well away 
from the house.

We only have one window airconditioner in an upstairs window, and only run 
it when it's very hot and the heat starts interfering with life and 
sleeping. We use a system of fans to bring the cold air downstairs.

Other days we follow Carol's advice, and cool down the house each night by 
opening windows (and sometimes doors).

When I grew up on the Prairies, it got very hot in the summer and we 
didn't have A/C, and I don't remember missing it extraordinarily. OTOH, we 
sometimes did move everyone to sleeping downstairs in the extreme heat.


On Mon, 19 Sep 2011, Bert Ricci wrote:

> Carol Gray-Ricci, still using Bert's computer.
> I grew up in California's Central Valley, where summer temperatures are usually in the 90's and over 100 is not unusual.  We still remember what the Spanish brought with them from the warmer sections of Spain when they first settled in California. (Note all times are rough estimates.)
>   1)  Get up early, often at or before dawn.
>   2)  Have breakfast, do all outside morning chores before 10:00 or 11:00 AM
>   3)  Do indoor morning chores and have lunch.(In the days of no A/C and wood stoves for cooking, lunch would be cold.)
>   4)  Have a siesta (nap or rest) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  (At a con, where no one is getting much sleep, this can be indoor
>       activities in airconditioned meeting rooms.)
>   5)  Get up and go outside, where it has now cooled down.  If it hasn't cooled enough, go back inside for an hour or so.
>   6)  Have a late dinner, and stay up, and outside if you wish, until late at night,
>   7)  Go to bed in time to get 5 hours sleep.
>   8)  If you don't have A/C, open windows wide at sunset, leave open until dawn, and then close them.  Even if you do have A/C, draw
>       curtains or shades on any windows that face the sun (these will move around the house as the day progreses).  If you do
>       have A/C, you still want to keep the pattern of outdoors only when necessary between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
> Instead of complaining because the weather doesn't fit your patterns, reshape your patterns to fit the weather.  It is known as adaptation, which (to revert to another topic) we may all have to do if climate change becomes severe.  (One of the interesting adaptations when I was growing up was kitchens with wood stoves for cooking in winter, when they helped heat the house, and electric stoves for summer, when they did not add so much heat.)
> (If you wonder how I know so much about pre-airconditioned California, I'm 77, and lived through the last part of it.)
>    Carol A. Gray-Ricci

Alayne McGregor
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