I really don't like air conditioning. I like to sit in my 'office' (aka living room couch), working with the front door open. There I enjoy the view of the front garden.
The last few days have been very humid and hot and sticky. The laptop generates its own source of heat, and I cannot bear to have it on my lap even though I have a chill pad underneath it. Working in such hot conditions is distracting and uncomfortable, so I gave in and shut up the house and turned on the a/c.
Yesterday I worked in comfort all day. The animals all enjoyed the cooler air too - they were full of new-found energy and chased each other around for a while before finding a suitable sleeping spot, where they pretty much dozed the day away.
The heat and humidity spawns the odd afternoon and evening thunderstorm. Loco is terrified of the boom of the thunder, it makes him shake all over. He won't go outside for his food or toilet, and if he can, he'll hide under a bed.
Often a wicked wind will kick up and that is a warning that a summer rain is about to pour down on us. Out of nowhere it howls and blows, and then we get a drenching rain for a few seconds or minutes. Just enough time to ruin the almost dry clothes on the line and get the windows closed. Sometimes we are still in the process of closing up and the rain has already stopped and the sun is back out. The terraces are littered with flowers and leaves that were torn from the plants, and the little towels we use to wipe off our feet are dripping wet. After coming in from outside our wet shoes leave imprints and debris on the floor. If Loco has been outside he makes a nice pattern on the floors with his paws. Time to get out the mop to wipe up. The place is a mess after such a rain, but without carpets, it's easy to clean.
We get a pretty amazing display of lightening from our upper terraces, but since we are so close to a nearby cell phone tower, we don't dare stand out there if the storm is nearby. I have been inside the house when lightening hit the tower (or sounded like it did), and the crash almost made me want to hide under the bed. I'd have to fight Loco for the space though, as he will always get there first. Hard to remember that this is the dog we expect to protect us from all danger. Loco might prove himself under normal conditions - just not during thunder or fireworks or around back-firing cars or popping balloons.