I HATE concrete dust! And I hate it even worse when it's in the kitchen. But that's what we're dealing with right now, as we try to install a/c in the kitchen so we can cook in comfort.
Actually, it's not just for cooking that we need a/c in there. It's because the bottom level is 1000 sq feet and there is one mini-split in the living room and one in the bedroom, and then nothing for the dining room, kitchen, passageway, bathroom and laundry room. The lower level is open concept - the bathroom is in the center of the house, with all the other rooms circled around it. No doors to keep just the living room cool, and so the a/c in there works continuously trying to keep the temperature at 26 degrees C while a lot of the cool air migrates through to the other non-a/c rooms.
We are hoping the large a/c installed in the kitchen will provide a balance and enable efficient cooling and comfort. Now that we have a door (sort of) across the kitchen entrance to the staircase upstairs, we should be able to run the a/c and not run up a huge electric bill. Well, that part is relative, of course, because electricity is so expensive here. We will only be running the a/c in any part of the house when the humidity is unbearable, as it has been the last couple of day.
Speaking of unbearable humidity...it's so humid that:
1. The dish of salt we use for cooking is now a puddle.
2. I am constantly sweating, even just sitting and doing nothing.
3. The clothes take longer to dry on the line.
4. The battery on my laptop fizzled out and died (and it's only 8 months old).
5. One salt shaker we had here ended up with a rusty top and I had to throw it out.
The salt shakers at the restaurants, that have rice inside to absorb the humidty, don't even work. The holes are plugged with lumps of wet salt. We shake and shake, but nothing comes out. We wipe the top, pound the shaker on the table, and try again - still nothing. Between abusing the salt shaker and the ketchup bottle by pounding, shaking, and smacking them, we don't make such a great impression.
We have a salt shaker here at home that has rice inside, but the holes are a little too big and so raw rice comes out along with the salt. Not a great thing to dig into food that should not have hard lumps, and find hard lumps.
So next shopping trip I will be on a search for a decent salt shaker that will meet all my criteria.
I am miserable and uncomfortable because I'm too hot and soaking wet with sweat. However, I can't wait until they finish making a mess in the kitchen so I can pull everything out from under the counters and give it a good scrub - something it needed anyway. I'm sure the a/c in the kitchen won't be working when I get down to it, but I'll put on the living room and bedroom a/c and that will be better than nothing.
So that's my plan for this long weekend. I'm just thrilled it IS a long weekend - lately I just live for weekends, and when they end up being holiday weekends, that's even better. Hoping you all have a wonderful long weekend too!