We purposely built our home with lots of south facing windows. It's a New Mexico thang - using solar energy. In the summer the sun is high in the sky, so the eave blocks direct sunlight from heating the house during the hottest parts of the day. We also put the carport on the west side of the house to block the sun during the hottest part of the day. We put the patio on the east side (partially covered) to enjoy the shade in the evenings. During the winter, the sun drops down in the sky and shines in the south windows heating up the house nicely. We do have windows on the north side of the house, but not so many so that the cold north wind stays out. This all makes our house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Now that all usually works fine, but not right now. The fall sun has dropped in the sky to shine in our windows. Usually it makes the house cozy, and it is a nice time of the year to open those windows and let a cool breeze blow through. What cool breeze! Yesterday the temp was 99! The sun heated up the house sure-'nuff. The construction boys were working on putting in doors, therefore, they were open. I kept cranking the AC to where it would not come on since doors and windows were open. I also tried helping out on the construction. By mid-afternoon, I was one hot mama. As sweat rolled down my face, I had the thought, "Ya know, these boys can do the work - they are getting paid. You can go crank the AC back on in the other part of the house." And so I did. After the crew left, Toby and I did some more work on the house, but it was still way warm. What happened to fall?
Another bit of news: my friend Beverly sold the house she and her husband built and lived in for over 40 years. She moved to town. But she has two dogs and only wanted to take one. So, I took her little rat terrier, Moses. Yes, I am a sucker. Moses is about eight years old and such a sweet old man. I could not see him going to someone who didn't love him. So far, he is fitting right in with our pack. My dad once said that if there was such a thing as reincarnation, when he died he wanted to come back as one of my dogs. Moses is being spoiled.