Ode to AC

I cut scapes from the garlic in my community garden plot yesterday and, along with fresh cut basil, made pesto. I flash freeze it in dollops and toss the frozen nuggets in a ziplock bag for future use. This year I decided to try a new recipe for pesto pizza too.

We’re at the start of a heat wave (temperatures are forecasted to hit 40C / 104F later this week) and Gerry was amused that I was turning the oven on while the air conditioning was running. I see no problem with this. That’s why we have air conditioning, isn’t it?

My thoughts returned to days gone by (pre air conditioning) when I’d boil potatoes and eggs early in the morning to make salad and fry chicken for a cold supper later. We kept curtains and blinds drawn in the heat of the day—to this day there’s something comforting about a darkened house in the middle of the afternoon.

I remembered the torture of trying to sleep on nights when it never cooled down, sitting outside long into the evening because it was too hot in the house, kids getting cranky (adults too), the noisy brrrr of water coolers and fans, and feeling flat-out exhausted by the heat.

Sometimes I’d pack up the kids and we’d go to the mall, not to shop but to cool down. In later years, I was thankful for the gift of spending the day in an air conditioned office—even if I had to wear a sweater because it was just too cold.

One summer, I drove alone from Saskatchewan back home to B.C. in the middle of a heatwave after the AC in my car stopped working. Windows wide open, I drank bottle after bottle of water, purposely pouring  some over myself in the process.

But now we have air conditioning and I don’t begrudge it. I’m okay with turning the oven on because the temperature inside is a comfortable 24C. I’m okay with spending hours outside until the heat becomes too much and I have to go in the house to cool down. I’m okay with making a choice between cold suppers and turning the oven on to cook.

Whoever invented AC, I tip my hat to you. You made life bearable—much easier, in fact. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting you until soon after Gerry and I were married and he introduced us. I’m so glad he did.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Thanks so much for the link to the Pesto Pizza recipe. We recently switched from eating tomato sauce based pizza to pesto and truffle oil, so I appreciate having this recipe! How do you make your pesto? I’ve made mine with pine nuts, basil and olive oil.

    1. This time I made garlic scape pesto using this recipe https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/lemony-garlic-scape-pesto-the-only-pesto-you-need/ using pumpkin seeds in place of pine nuts (much cheaper!). Other times I make it with basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and pumpkin seeds. I haven’t tried truffle oil yet. I’m intrigued.

  2. Thanks so much, Linda! I like the idea of pumpkin seeds and the much cheaper is music to the ears also. 🙂

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