In the beginning, we didn't have air conditioning because we were simply too darned poor; we had good credit, but our income was already stretched to the limit. We'd bought a 20-acre place in the country, and found ourselves outside most of the time anyhow... milking cows, gardening, and so forth.
When we bought this place, that was still true: we were outdoor people. Besides, summer is over before you know it. As years went by, it became a matter of pride. I could nearly always get a reaction from people by saying, "We don't have air conditioning." It was especially fun to say this on a 100+ degree day.
"What? You don't have AIR??? How do you STAND it?"
"Wimps," I'd say to myself.
Two years ago, Cliff's brother loaned us an old, small window unit for our bedroom. We learned to love it, and when, last spring, we dragged it out of storage only to find it wasn't working any more, we bought a new unit at Sam's Club; we were hooked. But only for sleeping, mind you; nobody was going to accuse US of being wimps.
OK, at this point, I'll give up and admit it: I'd love to have air conditioning. It probably wouldn't even be too expensive to cool these three downstairs rooms where we spend all our time. And obviously, if we could afford payments on a laptop and a plasma TV, we could have managed central air. Why didn't we get it?
Because I don't want to live the rest of my life in this old house. I'd love to have a new mobile home, a single-wide would be fine; in fact, Cliff and I were talking about getting one, before his unexpected heart surgery. This house needs so much work, starting with a new basement and foundation, that it would be cheaper to build a new house; but we do NOT have the time and money for that.
I know all the disadvantages of a mobile home, having lived in two of them. But the idea of living in a new house of any kind really appeals to me. Yes, I know they depreciate; but it isn't an investment, it's a place for me and Cliff to live cheaply and comfortably. I called Planning and Zoning and asked some questions. We'd have to tear this house down within a reasonable amount of time after another home was placed here... but I'd want to do that anyhow.
Probably, though, we'll end up in this old house until we can't handle 43 acres any more, then sell out and move to town. I suppose eventually I'll look reality in the face, we'll have central air installed, and life will go on.
Meanwhile, that's why we don't have AC.