Well, not really, htmb. I open the windows over the back garden at night, but can't open those in the front because there are stairs and a balcony leading to the second floor. So not much of a draft. And even when there is wind in the day, it seems to die down in the evening. This morning I woke at 6:30 and it was already 26°.
The only advantage is that it's not usually humid here, although today there are some clouds. But any storm forecasts always pass us by, so we don't get anything to clear the air. I watered my garden a bit last night, but it's looking pathetic.
Yes, here too!! I had a opossum episode a few weeks ago. I had left a cookie tin of dried cat food on my upstairs balcony. At around 2 a.m. I awoke to a racket. Sure enough, 'twas a big ol fat opossum prying open the tin, successfully, for a midnight snack. No more cookie tins on the balcony after that but I just know they're out there munching on my figs.
Even though my grandparents' house in the country had some of the usual country flies, I felt that it was a great novelty to have a house without screens. Anyway, if you give a child a fly swatter, it will keep him busy for two hours.
Now I would feel in prison if I had to live behind screens. I haven't had a mosquito in my apartment in at least five years, and even if I open all of the windows, I generally have a grand total of maybe one fly.
Growing up in central Florida I never attended a school with air conditioning or screens. (Even my freshman year dorm room at UF lacked screens and air conditioning.) Most of the classrooms had big, standing fans to blow the hot air around. I remember there being a big problems with gnats, and at least two years there was an epidemic of pink eye as the gnats spread germs from student to student. I'm sure we didn't have a mosquito problem because of the pesticide trucks spraying the neighborhoods at night (using DDT in the early years, I suppose).
Yesterday the heat index was up to 117F. Over 25,000 people went without power, and, this morning there were still at last glance earlier this a.m. 8,000 in the Uptown area. We gratefully were not in that number somehow. I checked the homes of the people whom I am taking care of and they were fine as well. One home that I am tending to houses thousands of dollars of radio equipment and it is imperative that the temperature not rise above 70F or so. The studio in the rear where my friend paints has an AC running as well. I don't know why this is but, they leave all their AC's running every year while they are gone for a whole month. Today is forecasted to be more of the same.
"Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform" - Pythagoras