Heat Wave

July 27, 2009 § 6 Comments

Surfing by the glow of the computer

Surfing by the glow of the computer early in the morning

We are having a major heat wave that is melting me into a lazy puddle of goo.  Most homes in our area don’t have air conditioning because we get so few hot days every summer.  So when the hot days hit, we melt.  Gary and I decided to get up eeeearrrrrllly and make the most of the day while the day was still cool.  We haven’t even turned on the lights to try and keep it cooler in the house. Luckily, we have a single-story home rather than two-story.

I was going to post about the upcoming Recycled Clothing Quilt-Along.  But I’m afraid to go outside and try to get some photos of my cut up shirts.  Maybe tomorrow I will try to venture out just as the sun is rising and see what I can get.  Then I’m going to retreat back into the house for the rest of the day. It’s supposed to be record-breaking temperatures tomorrow.

§ 6 Responses to Heat Wave

  • Renee says:

    Stay cool!

    We used to freeze big pans of ice ovenight and set them out to melt in the cottage to help cool it when we sweltered up north without A/C. It helped.

  • Melody says:

    I’m sorry! It is hot here too, and my little boy insists on turning off the A/C every chance he gets!

  • Liz says:

    Sorry to hear about your heat wave – here in Oklahoma City, it has been raining all day and it is 71 currently. I think we switched weather! But, we have had over 10 days of 100+ and there is still August to get through! I think San Antonio is going on 30+ days of over 100.

    A couple things that I do to keep cool sound weird but they work.

    Wear a bathing suit and take a cold shower. Wearing a damp suit around the house can cool you down. And you might get “cold” if there is a fan on you.

    We also fill the ice chest with ice and water and then use towels soaked in the cold water around our necks – you are cooling off the blood vessels in your neck. You may not see these up north, but some stores may sell neck scarfs filled with a gel. After soaking in ice water, place around your neck for the same effect. This helps when you are outside for a while. We do this on the boats.

    If they are available, misters are nice. Some stores sell a hard plastic mister that looks like a snake and attaches to a garden hose. Again, the water and evaporation helps.

    Increase your water drinking – most people forget that they are sweating. An occasional sports drink is good.

    Are there any libraries, eateries or shopping malls around that you could hang out in? Since many places have wireless, that is one way to keep connected and cool.

    I hope the local press is describing the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If not, check up on it and find out what you should do in the emergency. That stuff sneaks up on you, so take care!


  • Tami says:

    Record breaking tomorrow!? Down here in Longview we sat at 107 at one point. I’m sure that must have broken a record. Too Hot!!!

  • Heather says:

    Wow, that does sound like quite the heat wave – remember to stay hydrated – and get some fans if you can. Best of luck!!

  • Jeannie says:

    Fill a bucket or pan with cold water and sit with your feet in it as you sew. I get out the old galvinized wash tubs, fill them up, and we sit in them outside until we are prunes! A wet t-shirt worn around the house helps also. Make sure all you blinds are closed (this one drives me nuts!). Even with good windows, you get radiant heating. This too shall pass! 😉

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