Henrietta is MOST unhappy with the temperature in the house at night. Her room is the one that’s the warmest in the summer always, (furthest away from the unit in the attic and therefore gets the least amount of cool air coming through her air vent), and she refuses to sleep with her ceiling fan on any higher than low. I tried to get her to let me turn it on medium and she tried to die saying how sick it would make her. Fine. Then suck it up and quit complaining.
Our electric bill was $500.00 LAST month. I can see that in August, we are going to be battling to keep it under $800.00. So the thermostat has been turned up. To a sweltering…. 74. OOOOOO. Yeah, I know. Everybody else is quite comfortable and keeps the ceiling fan on in the room they are in. She was quite upset when I told her that I had turned up the thermostat and that’s why she gets hot at night. It’s the same temperature, but she’s hot since she’s in bed and she needs to let me turn her fan on higher.
Very indignant, “Krissa. WHY do you have air conditioning?”
I admit, I stared at her a moment looking puzzled. (I CAN’T HELP MYSELF!) “To cool the house?”
Well you have to USE it! I’m elderly and I can’t tolerate the heat like that! You need to turn on the AIR Krissa! I will help you pay the bill. I explained for the millionth time that she already helps us pay for things and NONE OF US CAN AFFORD FOR OUR LIGHT BILLS TO BE THAT MUCH.
“Krissa, is John here?” Heh. She really thinks she’s “going over my head” by talking to him.
“No, he’s at work, but he will tell you the exact same thing.”
At this point I had a minor brain storm and sent The Boyfriend out to the garage to get a standing fan that’s been out there for years. I then plopped it down in the hall several feet from her door. She’s in the opposite corner in bed looking at it and started immediately bellyaching about how she can’t have a fan on her and OOOOOOOH NOOOOOOO! I just CAN’T, Krissa! I turned it on pointed it toward her door walked in, leaned over her and said, “It’s not blowing on YOU! It’s pulling the cool air into the room!
She motioned for me to wait while she determined if I was lying or not and then slowly said, “OK… I guess that’s all right…”. I was then waved off while she finished up using the bedpan.
Tonight? I am tempted to freeze her shrivled up little ass off. Heh.
Comment by Kori on June 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Please do…not because I am a cruel voyeur who likes to make fun of other people’s wierdnesses…ok, maybe that Is why.
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Comment by noe noe girl on June 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm
74 ???Holy poop- not at my house. Cdub keeps it at 76 on the hot days!
She would melt in the little house!
Comment by noe noe girl on June 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Oh yeah and we keep our ceiling fans turning all year.
Comment by big hair envy on June 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm
OMG!!! When you said “Ooooooh Nooooo..”, all I could think of was “Mr. Bill” of SNL fame!!! Bwahahahaha!!
You just KNOW that if you cut the air back to 72 she will be too cold, don’t you?? Poor thing. Why do you torment her so?? 😉
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Comment by trannyhead on June 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm
My mom keeps hers on 78. And dayumn that’s an expensive electric bill. You gotta bust out some caulk or something, man.
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Comment by witchypoo on June 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm
I’m such a heat weenie. But this time of year, if I set the thermostat to 74, the heat would come on. Well, that’s in the night, with the windows opened, but still.
Not many houses here have A/C. A ceiling fan usually does the trick.
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Comment by Jean M on June 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm
I needed a good chuckle.
My dad said my grandma would crank the heat up to 80-90 in the winter time and they literally broke 3 or 4 thermostats between changing the temp so much.
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Comment by grandma j on June 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm
Just maybe Henrietta’s thyroid is out of whack. I used to be hot no matter what, and once I got on thyroid meds I feel 100% better. My thermos is at 74, and all ceiling fans run 24/7.
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Comment by Ree on June 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm
Give her a bag of ice to sleep with! 😉 She can cuddle it like a Teddy.
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Comment by Hyphen Mama on June 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm
I guess that means she’s got good circulation! I was recently at my grandparents’ house (they’re 83) and their house was SO BLOODY HOT and they didn’t notice a thing. Fan? What’s a fan? The rest of us were about to pass out.
I came via witchy… because she’s FOREVER going on and on about Krissa’s so funny this, and Krissa’s so funny that. I’m subscribing, ’cause I need a good laugh.
p.s. maybe for her birthday (um, or Independence Day?) you could get her a window A/C unit… so she can freeze her ever lovin’ tushie off!
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Comment by The Predo on June 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm
Well, sounds like you are on the roller-coaster ride from Hell!!!
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Comment by Sabrina on June 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm
My bill this month is around $400. This is my least favorite part of Texas summers. I’m sure it’ll be even higher next month. Do you know when we lived in Washington, I was paying $35 a month consistently? Oy. It seems these days no matter what I set the AC on, it won’t go below 73 anyway. I keep a fan on me at night. I like to be cold.
Comment by Karen on June 17, 2009 at 9:09 am
Your electric bill is killing ME. Ouch. Good call on the fan. Love that she made you stay to see if it would be acceptable or not. You are garnering so many crowns in heaven for this.
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Comment by Momx2 on June 17, 2009 at 11:27 am
I just love to read your posts about Henrietta 🙂 They always make me smile.
We keep the ceiling fans on 24/7 and the air on 75 – 76 on the first floor. She would really be in HELL in our house 🙂
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