Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The one that got away!

Look what I missed....a Great Horned Owl! A quick run to the strip pits resulted in us spotting a the owl first thing....but the minute I got out of the Rav to take a photo, it took flight.

Big thunderheads rolled in this evening and we ran out there...by the time we got out there it was so dark it felt like almost night. After we drove through the strip pits, the sun was back and it felt like we were waking from a dream.
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Talking about waking, does anyone realize just how good it is to be able to go to bed in your own bed every night....and to go to sleep? I tell you it will be a while before I forget to feel thankful each night I can go to bed and go to sleep....

There are just so many things we all take for granted. With all the heat, I am so thankful to have AC....thinking how awful it would be without it. And knowing that a lot of older people would really have trouble breathing without it. I think about this several times a day now.

It also brings to mind that not all that many years ago, air conditioning was not the norm. When we were kids, we generally slept with the doors open and windows open....I remember laying my pillow in the window sill and sleeping with my head in the window when I was young.

And the year and a half that Roger and I lived in Tennessee, we opened the back door, and had the window open in our bedroom and our little house cooled out just fine. I don't even know if we used a fan.

We never had AC regular till after we had children. And I think our oldest daughter was at least in elementary school before we had a car with air conditioning. Now, I can't stand to drive down the highway with the windows open....

I would miss the air conditioning now, but what I really miss is being able to leave doors open. Locking doors is relatively new to me...I guess I was not living in the real world. But all the years my kids were growing up and in college, the doors were never locked unless we went totally away for over night. Most of the kids that came here knew they were never locked...some of them knew where I kept a few dollars...in case it was needed for paper boy, etc.

I really miss those days...

14 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sorry you 'almost' missed the owl... BUT--you did get him as he took flight!!!!

YES--we do get spoiled these days, don't we? I don't like AC --and we don't have it on very often here. However, when it gets as hot as it did today, I am thankful to have AC....

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

There is something to be said for the Good Old Days, even if we didn't have air conditioning and other modern conveniences. I guess progress just brought too many bad things along with it.

texwisgirl said...

i've been extremely thankful for our electrical service holding in thru this heatwave and for our A/C. today was our 18th straight day of 100 plus temps so i am SO grateful we've had service...

in wisconsin where i grew up, we didn't have a/c in any of our residences or cars either. wasn't until i hit texas soil that i knew life had changed forever...

Judy said...

I miss our A/C...We don't have it in our log home here in Wisconsin. This week has been in the low 90's and today it's supposed to get up to close to 100°...I'm not sure what we're having to eat all day today as I'm not cooking ;0

Judy said...

Oh...and...that would have been an awesome thing to capture. Love the flyaway shot tho.

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, yes, I remember it well. We never had air conditioning when I was a kid and it got pretty darned hot. My brothers and I had rooms on the second floor of our home and had giant fans, but they only moved the hot air around.

In the big old 100+ year old home where we live now, the entire design is pre-air conditioning, of course. Although we have air conditioning now, we didn't when we moved in 32 years ago. The home is carefully designed/constructed so by opening certain windows on each floor, there is nice flow of air throughout. The walls are so thick that it takes a long time for the interior of the home to heat up in the day if the nights have been somewhat cool.

Now, if only we can keep our sources of energy available and electrical costs low so we can all afford air conditioning! But, that's another topic....

don said...

This post brought back the early-day memories. I too slept in a hot, upstairs room with my head sticking into the window on hot sultry nights. The smell of that screen is still fresh in my mind! Nice post.

Ginny said...

Now I am wondering why you went to the strip pits in a thunderstorm? And where have you been? I read in one of your posts a reference to being away... I know you have been sick; were you so sick that you were admitted to the hospital??

EG Wow said...

We don't have A/C. Instead we sleep with fans blowing on us. Maybe I'll have to climb a tree tonight and sleep there. Haha!

Montanagirl said...

When I was a kid, we didn't have A/C either that I remember. A lot of windows were open though. Now, with the hot weather we're having, it's nice to turn it on and cool the house.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

So sorry about the owl, Rose. But you did catch his backside!

We didn't have a/c when I was growing up until I was in junior high school and somehow we survived. :)

Debbie said...

flight shot...right!!!

it's so hot everywhere, let's talk a/c, there is no life without it!!!

Mary said...

How neat to see an owl! I never see them at our stip pits. Haven't been for awhile. Need to go there. I don't think I could survive any more without air conditioning. We didn't have it as a child and I remember trying to get in front of the window that the fan was pulling air through at night to sleep better. So hot. In this weather I would be miserable without AC.

A piece of news said...

I did the same thing with my pillow in the window at my grandmother's house. Way too hot to sleep!

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