How To Survive Without Air Conditioning

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Back when we lived in the US, we had central air conditioning in the house. It was glorious! Cold air poured from every vent.

Now that we live in a state of voluntary impoverishment (i.e. the Middle East) we use fans only. We can afford to buy an air conditioner, but the high monthly electric bills would be too much for our reduced salaries.

Most of you probably do have air conditioning of some sort, but you may not want to use it 24 hours a day. Learning about our lifestyle will give you some tips on how to reduce your usage.

How did we survive going from central air conditioning to a life where fans are a luxury?

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1) We dress appropriately. Avoid black clothing, heavy fabrics and clingy materials. Whites, light colors and light cottons are the way to survive. In other words, loose is good, polyester is bad.

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2) We constantly monitor your liquid intake. I drink at least a gallon per day during the summer. And remember, water only. Caffeinated drinks are not acceptable substitutes.

In addition, take water with you wherever you go. I always keep a bottle of water in my pocketbook. When it gets low, I refill it.

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3) We open our curtains at night and shut them first thing in the morning. The sun will heat up your home if you give it the chance.

I live in a very safe neighborhood, so not only are my shades open, but all of my windows are also. The night air cool cools the apartment wonderfully.

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4) We splash yourself with water when the heat becomes overwhelming. Your face, chest and hair all work. A cool shower works even better.

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5) We use fans judiciously. Try doing most of your work in one place, and place the fan directly in front of you.

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6) We expect to sweat. I grew up believing that sweat was to be avoided at all costs. I was wrong. Its not the ultimate evil. Its okay. Really.

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7) Most important, we live according to the weather. This means heavy housework, shopping and garden work gets done only early in the morning or late at night.

Do low-key work, like typing or writing, during the middle of the day.

Where I live, many stores are closed each day from 1:00 to 4:00, because that’s the time for staying indoors. As a matter of fact, during the summer, I usually don’t leave my house before 5 or 6 pm, when the temperature drops dramatically.

I’m sure your temperature situation is not nearly as extreme as ours is, but there may be aspects of our lifestyle that you can adapt to save money.

What summer survival tips did we miss? Please share your tip by adding a comment below!

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Frugal Homeschooling At The Library

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Never overlook the library. Besides books and magazines, most libraries also have audio tapes, videos, computer cd’s and toys. Plus libraries frequently sponsor free educational exhibits and programs throughout the summer months. Call your library for a list of what is available locally.Here is a list of book recommendations. They are slanted primarily toward grades 4 – 8. There are many other wonderful books in the library. but these are our particular favorites.

MATH
How Math Works by Reader’s Digest
Geometry For Every Kid by Janice VanCleave
Math For Every Kid by Janice VanCleave
Multicultural Math by Claudia Zaskavsky
Numbers by Steve Parker
The Moscow Puzzles by Boris Kordemsky
Mathematical Circus by Martin Gardner
The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Math For Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns
The Book Of Think by Marilyn Burns
I Hate Mathematics Book by Marilyn Burns
Math Wise! by James L. Overholt
Mathematical Circus by Martin Gardner
Mathemagic by Raymond Blum
Math Trek by Ivars Peterson
Cool Math by Christy Maganzini
Mathematics A Human Endeavor by Harold R. Jacobs

SCIENCE
Blood And Guts by Linda Allison
Volcanos by Philip Steele
Medicine by Steve Parker
Chemical Chaos by Nick Arnold
Nasty Nature by Nick Arnold
Fatal Forces by Nick Arnold
Blood, Bones Body Bits by Nick Arnold
Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires by David Glover
Flying and Floating by David Glover
Solids and Liquids by David Glover
Sound and Light by David Glover
Body by Andrew Haslam
Building by Andrew Haslam
DK Guide To Space by Peter Bond
DK Nature Encyclopedia
DK Science Encyclopedia
The Magic School Bus Series
Planet Earth by Martin Redfern
Inventions Explained by Richard Platt
Television by W. Carter Merbreier
Earth by Wendy Baker
175 Science Experiments by Brenda Walpole

LITERATURE
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne
The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
The Kids Invention Book by Arlene Erlbach SOCIAL STUDIES
Ancient Civilizations by Time Life Student Library
I Am Not A Short Adult! by Marilyn Burns

HOW WE DID IT….We went to the library at least once a week. For fiction, we piled up the historical fictions and classics. As for non-fiction we were a lot more imaginative. We looked for ANY book in ANY subject with great pictures and/or a humorous story line and/or wonderful project ideas. We didn’t worry at all about the subject – we just looked for the best of the best of the non-fictions.

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Geometric Grid Design

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Sample 1

Here is a quick little project that will take less than 20 minutes to complete. Just color in the grid below to create an original geometric design. I have included several samples to inspire you.

Directions: Create an original, geometrical design on this grid. Do online, using Microsoft Paint or other graphic program of your choice. Or, print out the grid and complete with crayons, watercolors, markers, or color pencils. Make red one of the primary colors of your work.

Sample 2

Sample 3

Tip: If you’re having difficulty thinking of a design, study the quilt patterns below for inspiration only.

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Did you try this project? If so, please send a link to the finished result in the comment section.

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