When my husband and I bought our new home, we were delighted to move from the city to the country. We were tired of traffic sounds and fumes, noisy apartment buildings, and cramped spaces. Finding an older home with a giant front porch and huge backyard was a dream come true. We moved in during the fall, and spent tons of time and money renovating the house. We replaced windows and light fixtures, sanded down the hardwood floors, painted walls, and remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms. Once the colder weather set in, we ran the furnace and the house was wonderfully warm and cozy. We did not worry about the lack of a central air conditioner, because our weather rarely gets very hot. Plus, our summer season is typically short. We planned to manage by opening up our numerous windows and enjoying a fresh breeze. I was looking forward to hanging my laundry on the clothesline and sipping lemonade on my front porch. Unfortunately, when the outside temperature heated up, my neighbor turned his sheep out into the pasture. There is about a dozen sheep, and they smell really horrible. They also draw in a ton of flies. If I leave my windows open, my whole house reeks of sheep manure and flies get inside. If I hang my laundry on the clothesline, it becomes contaminated by the stench of sheep. I can’t stand to sit on my front porch because of the bugs and awful smell. Because of the neighbor’s sheep, my husband and I were forced to invest in a central cooling system. The air conditioner allows us to keep the windows closed, and filters out odors.