It’s sure been quite the odyssey.
But, I don’t suppose I would have had it any other way. After 25 years, I’m settling again here near where I grew up. All of my adult life has been spent overseas helping improve developing nations. And while it has been sizablely satisfying to do that work, I’m ready to stay put for a bit. Yet, that’s coming with plenty of culture shock. Just operating the heat pump in my modern lake house is something that I’m trying to get accustomed to. I entirely should have gone with the smart thermostat so I didn’t have to do much of anything with the heat pump at all. Where I live is in a area of the country where air conditioning is like oxygen for everyone. The Heating & A/C cooling comes on in May & stays on into September here. That too has been a bit difficult to get my head around. I’ve been residing in sites where there easily wasn’t any sort of residential Heating & A/C to speak of really. There were a few evaporative coolers in some of the sites I lived. And a few of the government buildings entirely had commercial Heating & A/C. However, by & large, I just did without modern Heating & A/C cooling from a heat pump. It periodically wasn’t ideal however it sure wasn’t pure misery either. Like anything that doesn’t kill you, I got used to it. That’s what’s so ironic at this point in my life. I’m having to get accustomed to convenience on a scale that I’m neither accustomed to nor comfortable with. Now, if I could just figure out how to program the digital thermostat I’d be doing a bit better.