Saturday, July 11, 2015

Keeping cool

And so we all have our little tricks in dealing with heatwaves, true?
People who live in summer-ville locations like I do, nearly all year long you would think have some great suggestions, and most of us do.
Although, we are very fortunate to have central air-conditioning as well as a swimming pool there are so many ways to contend with the heat when you might not have those items.
Cooling glasses of water, lemonade or other beverages without caffeine or alcohol are truly your best idea for cooling from the inside out.
Consider showering or bathing in cool water instead of warm or hot.
Electric fans that are portable will surprise you in their efficiency.
Iced neck rolls, and cooling vests work too. Always try to be prepared for those occasional summer outages, so far this year we have had a two hour one not that long ago. When all else fails go to an indoor venue that is air-conditioned like the mall or a movie theater.

You see, my experience is from when we had lost power for two weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley in 2004. Then we did not have our pool and the outdoor temperatures were well into the nineties that August, our home was eighty plus degrees too inside!
With our swimming pool, even in-ground like ours, it has exceeded ninety degrees a few times in the summer since installed in 2005. We actually had to float two liter soda bottles full of ice water to cool it down once, and it did work. Though these days we have had afternoon rains that helped keep it cooler and when they don't our shade cloth does.

All in all the rain when not violent is a refreshing respite from the heat and helps water the flora and fill our rain barrels for when the rain misses us.

I hope that I have helped a little in giving any of you ideas who might have either not thought of some or forgot. Keeping comfortable is so important for all ages; too hot is dangerous.
So take care of the elderly and remember pets can get heat stroke too... and basically they all need what we do, hydration inside and protection on the outside. Oh yes don't forget that SUNSCREEN!

On this note of concern allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

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