Is it hot enough for you? What an unbelievable heat wave in the central and southern States! We've had a beautiful July in the northeast - while hot and sunny, still falling within the range of what one would expect for summer. The weather channels say the heat wave is moving this way. Seems we will all get our turn frying eggs on the pavement.
Do you have any tips for staying cool? We are blessed with air conditionning, but when I was a kid growing up with a single mom in a tiny apartment we had to improvise ways to stay cool during extraordinary heat.
One way my mother improvised was to use cold wet (well wrung-out) tea towels and wrap them around our arms and legs while lying in bed. She would make sure the cold towels covered as many pulse points as possible. She claimed it would cool the blood as it travelled through our body. If we were willing, she would also cover our bare belly, thighs and groin area with cold tea towels. When they first hit your body it is a bit of a shock, but it was heaven once the shock was over.
Another way was while watching television, we would each have our own bucket/bowl of cold water in which we would immerse our feet. I can still recall the full body relief that provided.
And what about you? What do you do to keep yourself and your family comfortable in such intense heat? Wouldn't it be great if your tip affords some relief for even one of our blogging buddies?