A few weeks ago, Richard blogged about unseasonably inclement weather. Today I’d like to offer some tips to those of you who live in places where temperatures are spiking.
If you’re like me, and declare that as a “delicate blossom” you positively cannot tolerate extreme heat, you’re always finding more ways to keep yourself cool. Sure, if you have air conditioning you can keep your house cool, but that gets spendy, and isn’t nearly as fun as some of the other ways I’ve found to beat the heat. For example, there’s nothing that’ll cool you down like taking off your shoes and socks and walking through some grass, or (to take a page from nature’s other critters) mud—if it’s available. Skipping through the sprinklers can give you a quick endorphin boost and cool you off. (Really, nobody is ever too old to play in the sprinklers. It feels good!)
You don’t have any grass nearby? Try misting your feet (or the rest of you, for that matter) with a spray bottle. (If you have stinky feet, adding a touch of peppermint oil to the water will act as a natural deodorizer.) Alternatively, you could search Yahoo! Answers for a local swimming pool to refresh yourself in.
If the outdoors holds no appeal for you, there are ways to keep the heat at bay without cranking up your air conditioner. For example, I’ve found that libraries, coffee shops, and movie theaters are often all air-conditioned. Staying cool is the added bonus when reading a book, stimulating the local economy, or catching a summer blockbuster! Alternatively, if you’re a do-it-yourself-er (and don’t live in a place that has AC) you could make your own, homemade air conditioner or prepare some cool meals to eat during hot weather. (I’m a big fan of lavash, tomato, feta, cucumber, and walnut sandwiches.)
Remember, if you’re a pet owner, our pets need to stay cool, too! Make sure that they are adequately groomed and brushed for hot weather, walk your dogs when it’s cooler outside, and keep their water bowls full. (My dogs especially like an ice cube in their water bowl, to keep it cool.)
How do you stay cool when temperatures are high?
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