A Big Thank You to the person who invented Air Conditioning

Here in South Australia we are again in the grip of a heatwave. 
Three days at 40C (104F) before warming up to 44C (111.2F) on Friday.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, whoever you are that invented Air Conditioning.

And thank you to my brother who helped me pay for mine to be bought and installed.

The temperatures above are only for the Adelaide area, the rest of the state is hotter and much hotter especially up in the mid north and higher.

There'll be no cooking done in this small home until the heat drops down to reasonable levels. I've heard that will be Saturday, but who knows how long the cool will last? We still have January and February to get through. 

I am still drinking hot coffee though, just less of it and plenty of water the rest of the day. Colour me weird, but I really hate iced coffee. 

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  1. Our A/C broke down one summer -- unexpectedly. My sympathies.
    Are we just big babies? What did people do in the 'olden days' ? I know my grandparents/great grandparents didn't have A/C. And I remember as a child sleeping with windows open. And we had a big window fan that would pull air in from another open window to get some relief. It probably pulled in all the dust too.
    I'm not making light of your situation. lol Just wondering out loud. Let us know when all is well.
    Meanwhile you are welcome to come over to my blog. I see the temp is 33 F. BRRRR!

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    1. nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing; I think as a whole, mankind has become 'soft' since all these wonderful things were invented. I remember as a child we didn't even have pedestal fans and on hot summer nights we kids slept on the front porch after being rubbed down with vinegar to keep away the mosquitos. our house was made of stone with fairly thick walls which kept out some of the heat until summer really ramped up, then once the house got hot the thick walls also kept the heat in so it got quite stuffy at times. but everyone else had the same and the best we could do was get down to the beach, (5 minutes walk away) and wear as little clothing as possible.

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  2. This sure sounds hot. I don't know what people did before Air conditioning was invented. When I was in Sudan at 40+ C, we splished and splashed our clothes wet once an hour or so. The natives dressed in a double layer of black clothing. I tried it and it actually helped.
    The houses were either build on the ground or on stilts with the roof going far out from the walls, so that the sun could not reach the big, open windows. But then it was cold (10 C) at night, and we covered up to sleep. And yes to hot coffee and lots and lots of water. Cooking happened in a dedicated hut.
    In Denmark, where I live it is winter now, but we fo not have any snow. We have 3-5 C and raining. It is dark from 3.30 pm to around 8 am, in the midlle of the day is't not really bright, but early morning-like. Dreary, dismal and depressing.

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    1. Uglemor; as much as I hate our summers, I wouldn't want your winters either. I remember splashing ourselves with water too, and sometimes the bath would get half filled with water and we took turns lying in it fully clothed so we'd be cool when we got out. We also had wide verandas and that helped keep the glare out of the house as well as some of the heat. I think too many houses now aren't built with verandas so everyone 'needs' air conditioning. Large blocks with many flats, called high-rises are terribly hot this time of year, with many having no outside window covering at all.

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  3. I totally agree. How did we make it before A/C? Oh yes, those days of over 100 F were rare, not the norm. Stay cool.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; before AC I think parents and grandparents suffered much more than children. I remember happily running around at the beach all summer long until the sunset when we'd troop home and get dinner. I remember elderly neighbours sitting on chairs on their front porch hoping to catch any tiny breeze and they would fan them selves with newspapers and have wet teatowels around their necks. Days over 100F were the norm here in Australia.

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  4. Hooray for cooling. Our temperatures are cooler than yours but still hot. 40 tomorrow and 42 on Saturday. It is going to be a long, long summer.

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    1. Elephant's Child; as if summer wasn't already hot and long enough, the heat continues throughout most of our autumn with the only relief being cooler nights. Hooray for cooling indeed, I use the AC so much more in summer than in winter when I'm able to get warm enough by wrapping up in my big old dressing gown and fluffy socks and drinking hot soup. Stay as cool as you can, I know the heat affects you pretty badly.

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  5. Yay for Brothers!!! I have one, too, he´s my best friend (besides Hubby).
    I remember Perth 2006, we sat outside, a bucket of cold water to sprinkle on the legs, no aircon in the small cabin, weeee, Merry Christmas!
    Here? I´m freezing...

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    1. Iris Flavia; Perth, actually Fremantle, but close enough, is my brother's home base. From there he goes anywhere in the country on contract jobs, he is a construction engineer and works on big projects like highways etc.
      I'm sorry to hear you are freezing, have some hot soup and put on an extra layer of clothes.

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    2. Oh, Freo as homebase is wonderful, but all the travelling must be awful, unless you have no partner, then it sure is great!
      Btw, we certainly have such a mini-oven for the toast, just enough space for two of them (when I was into flat sharing one mate, a Dr. of Agriculture even, really did use the big oven for one darn little piece of toast!! That was some idiot!)
      And thank you for the pan-idea, that I can do!

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  6. You never appreciate air conditioning more than when you've had it, and it goes off! You bro is a good guy, for looking out for you like that. Smart choice to cut back the cooking until it cools off.

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    1. Val; brother did the same in his house, his wife was working less and spending more time at home and he wanted her to be comfortable so he had AC put in for her and paid for mine too. If I feel the need for a cooked meal I can walk down to the local hotel and eat in the dining room there. I have all fingers crossed that the power doesn't go off.

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  7. A friend who lives in Malaysia has normal split system air conditioning but also a back up unit if one of the others fail. Ours certainly failed one summer and one winter.

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    1. Andrew; mine hasn't failed me yet and I only have the one, so if it fails or the power goes out I'll be sitting around in a damp bedsheet to keep cool.

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  8. We've taken to drinking black coffee over an icecube. It is delicious and much cooler. :)

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    1. Snoskred; I've heard of that but it isn't for me. I like my coffee HOT with milk and a truckload of sugar.

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  9. Mr. Carrier, i believe, is given much credit.

    We've lived through most of a summer with no A/C, but our temps were not that high. You are having killing heat.

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    1. messymimi; so that's who it was? I'm so glad he was born and lived and got creative. I lived without AC right up until about 6 years ago. There was a unit in my previous flat, but way too small and totally ineffective so I gave up using it.

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  10. Oh, River, that's HOT! You keep cool, now. And, from my understanding, hot coffee is better for you than iced coffee, or any iced drink. Cold drinks are below body temperature, and your body raises them to body temperature, thus using more energy and increasing body heat.

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    1. Joanne; thank you, that explains why I get a "hot flush" about 15 minutes after eating ice cream. It's the body reheating itself to normal. I prefer my drinks at room temperature usually, unless it's coffee. I'm keeping quite cool, have had the AC running since Tuesday and don't plan on turning it off until the temps go down. I did go outside early this morning and gave the garden a good drink before the heat ramped up for the day.

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  11. That is wicked hot! I can't do ice coffee either and Yes, the credit goes to Mr. Carrier.

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    1. joeh; wicked hot yes, but oddly enough I'm becoming accustomed. Going outside to replenish the water bowls for birds and other animals, checking the mailbox, doesn't seem to bother me as much. Perhaps it's just because I know I'll be stepping back into coolness.
      Mr Carrier deserves a handshake from everyone who has an AC whether it is a Carrier brand or not.

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  12. PS: I have just learned that I am an idiot. Did you receive a cake yesterday with a card for someone else? Please keep the cake. It is yours. The treats for Lola are hers too.
    I would email you but your system says I am spam and refused to accept my messages (though I can receive yours).

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    1. Elephant's Child; no cake here yet, I heard JahTeh got mine ha ha. I check my spam folder daily and there hasn't been any in there from you, so perhaps it is rejecting it entirely which seems odd as it lets in all other kinds of nonsense the really is spam. Can you email JahTeh? she could forward messages to me.

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    2. The post office tells me it was delivered on Tuesday afternoon. I have an enquiry in with them, but can you look around for me? And perhaps ring your post office to see if it is there?

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  13. I feel for all you folks who are suffering in the heat. And especially those who have no air conditioning. Cold can kill, but so can heat.

    I didn't see your post on Missy until too late to reply there - so sorry for the loss of that sweet furry friend. It's never easy, is it?

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    1. jenny_o; hospitals here are getting calls and taking in more than a few people suffering from the heat, I suspect many are elderly people who don't have AC or can't afford to run it, or just forget to drink and eat enough in the heat, drinking water especially. TV and newspapers are urging all of us to check on any elderly people nearby which I do, and was surprised myself to receive a text message from a neighbour asking if I was keeping cool and drinking water.
      It was sad losing Missy, but not unexpected, she was 20 years old and weakening quite a bit in the last year.

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  14. My oldest son likes warmer weather. One reason he left North Idaho and move south. But I think he would say that to warm

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    1. peppylady (Dora); I don't mind warm, but I dislike HOT, so anything over 25C or 77F is when I start to feel uncomfortable if I have to go outside for too long, until I get used to it, then it's okay until the real heat kicks in. Like now, when I'm staying inside as much as possible.

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  15. Take care, River...thinking of you.

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    1. Lee, thank you. I'm thinking of you too with the fires so close by. Have you got your escape planned and things packed in case you need to scarper in a hurry?

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