A Cool Breeze for Miz Florrie


Three weeks ago we paid a visit to Miz Florrie.  We knocked on the back door as usual.  No one answered the door because we found that they were all sequestered in the living room on the front of the house where the only air conditioning in the entire house was located. 

Miz Florrie sat on the couch in a cotton house dress, unruffled by the heat.  The little air conditioner at 5000 BTU’s was going full blast, but the thermometer read 82 degrees.  It was hard to catch your breath. 

We decided to get another window unit for her.  We went the following week to Lowe’s to check out their models, and then we checked online for Home Depot.  We decided to buy a 6500 BTU unit for the living room at Lowe’s because it was an EnergyStar appliance. 

Sugar picked up the unit later that week, and last Sunday we went to Garnett, unsure if we were really doing the right thing.  Sugar had talked to Richard, Miz Florrie’s quirky neighbor, about the new unit.  Richard thought it was a good idea, and he talked to Miz Florrie’s oldest son to get his opinion and possibly to get him to kick in a little money toward the project.  The son said his mother didn’t need a new air conditioner because she liked it hot.  (Red flag) 

Now we were in a quandry.  Did she really like it hot?  Is that why the room was 82 degrees in mid-July?  Or was the existing air conditioner simply not capable of cooling even one small room, since the coolness would be sucked up by the rest of the blazing inferno of a house?  We decided to go be do-gooders, and if she didn’t want it, we wouldn’t install it. 

We found her in the kitchen this time.  When we walked in, the room facing south was a hot box.  She sat at the table, a cold jar of water nearby, as she and Harold finished the midday meal.

The queen in her kitchen

Sugar offered her the air conditioner by saying if she didn’t want it, we’d take it back.  She decided that indeed she did want it, and it seemed easiest to put the unit in the kitchen window.  Richard measured, and found that the window was too small.

Out with the old

The kitchen window

This window is tooo small.

So the old one in the living room would need to be moved into the kitchen, and the new one installed in its place in the living room.

Miz Florrie’s son Edgar moved the old unit so that Richard could install it in the kitchen.  He left a trail of dripping water.  Part of it was probably sweat.  Wow, it was even hotter without the tiny unit working.

And the new one goes in... (By this time, Sugar has completely sweated thru the brim of his cap and the sweat is dripping in his eyes.)

The queen checks out the new unit. (Note the pen in her hair. She still does her own book work and pays her own bills.)


I sincerely doubt that these two air conditioners can make a big difference, but even a small difference is better than nothing.  Maybe she IS used to the heat, but she’s still 97 years old.


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14 Responses to “A Cool Breeze for Miz Florrie”

  1. Linda Smith Says:

    You and The Sugar deserve a medal….what a wonderful thing to do…these kinds of things are what we are all called to do for others. Christ tells us to do for others is to do unto HIM.



    • ruthrawls Says:

      We don’t belong to a church and we don’t tithe in the traditional sense. We like to see the money in action, like helping out little old ladies and feral cats.
      Sugar gets the medal. I just stood around and sweated.


  2. Kariann Says:



  3. Leo Says:

    “little old ladies, cats, assorted coons, and dogs” You guys and gals sure do the right things in life. It’s obvious you can look in a mirror and like what you see, and that’s what’s important. Thank you, for being you.


    • ruthrawls Says:

      Being eccentric has its rewards.
      And, by the way, how’s YOUR air conditioning working? We can be there in 22 hours.


  4. Becky Says:

    This makes me even more proud than when y’all saved Pluff the rooster doggie! 🙂 As we like to say around here, “You two is good peoples!” I had to blink back a little tear duct precipitation when I saw the picture of Queen Florrie walking in to check out the new one. God bless you both!


    • ruthrawls Says:

      Poor Pluffie. His troubles never end. Now he has demodectic mange which takes a loooonnnng time to cure. And then it isn’t really cured. It can pop up when his immune system is stressed.
      So. Booted from pillar to post, taken to the shelter, contracting parvo, getting neutered, getting ear infections, and now stinkin’ demodex.


  5. Becky Says:

    It is sorta tempting, but since we have 3 dogs that lovely people decided to get rid of out here that we adopted, and 1 outside cat that another lovely individual dumped out here, plus our original pet “Peanut”, I feel I must decline. Pluff’s sad story continues.


  6. Rosalee Bloss Says:

    I see the beauty from the inside out in you. You are one of those people who do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

    I have been reading your blog on and off for a while now. I love your sense of empathy. Take care of yourself as well as others.

    (I am Ole Curm’s sister.)


    • ruthrawls Says:

      And the Curmudgeonette joins the party! I’ve read your blog, too!
      Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments. Looks like I’m bragging on us, but I’d like to think that we are doing good where we can, and keeping a record of it.
      I don’t know how to describe my blog. Some blogs are political, some are food-based, some are about entertainment, movies, TV, etc. There are plenty of good writers writing about all that other stuff, and I’m not even going to pretend that I know enough about those things to write about them. So I try to write about upbeat stuff, the stuff that I know about. I probably should be setting a feral cat trap right about now.


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