Post by Contributing Writer, Holly
It’s that time of year of being hot and miserable! Or, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person, it’s the time of year to find creative ways to stay cool and comfortable.
A “perfect” weather day for me is bright and sunny (but enjoyed in the shade), low humidity, 72-75 degrees, and a light breeze. Ahhhhh ... I know summer days can’t always be like that, but some days can be so hot, even I hate being outside. There’s usually something easy that can be done, though, to make even the most miserable days more enjoyable.
1. Maximize the cool morning hours.
Doing outdoor activities earlier than later will help make it seem like a cooler summer. The early morning hours are a great time to weed the garden and harvest any fruits and vegetables ready for the pickin’. The hotter hours can be used for house work and naptime.
2. Invest in a few box fans.
A few years ago, during a VERY hot day, John and I helped one of his co-workers at a pig roast. We all showed up early to help with the meat, setting up chairs, and that sort of stuff. It was so hot, but they planned well for it by setting up a BUNCH of stacked fans in the barn. It was very clever.
John and I are having a little get together at our house this weekend, and we plan on stacking a couple fans with some heavy duty cable ties, and whatever safety support might be needed (e.g., secure it to a vertical 2″x4″ post, etc. We’ll figure it out).
3. Wear white or light colored clothes (and cotton material).
The sun will heat up a dark colored object much, much faster and hotter than a light colored object. Remember as a kid trying to walk barefoot across an asphalt driveway? Ouch!!
4. Soak your feet in a shallow bucket of icy water.
Keep your freezer stocked with ice. If you really want to enjoy sitting on the front porch or in the backyard – I LOVE watching the hummingbirds, or simply staring out into the woods, while enjoying all the sounds of nature – but don’t want to be smothered in the heat, a bucket of icy water will do the trick. For some special pampering, try this Natural Foot Soak.
5. Use a spray bottle of cold water to cool yourself.
I have a really big 36-ounce spray bottle I keep next to my compost worm bins to spray the bedding on an as-needed basis. This can also serve as my keep-me-cool-in-hot-summer-days bottle too.
6. Pull your hair up with hair barrettes, bobby pins, headbands, ponytail, or pigtails.
I enjoy having long hair, but I’m always pulling it up before I go outside in the heat. It makes a world of difference.
7. Don’t forget about the 4-legged critters!
If you have a heart for the comfort of your animals, you’ll enjoy checking out our air-conditioned and heated dog houses. They’re “people” too!
But seriously, just because an animal can’t vocalize to you that they’re miserably hot and having difficulty breathing and keeping their body temperature regulated, doesn’t mean they’re not.
Make sure they have a constant shade, fresh cold water (twice or more a day), and a breeze of sorts. If you’re thinking, “Well, God made them to live outside in whatever weather there happens to be!” Well … who said we have to have air-conditioning? Let’s share some of those comforts with our animals.
I’ll step down from my little soap box now.
What do you do to enjoy the outdoors without being miserable from the heat?
Holly is a wife to her loving husband, John, and a “mother” of 3 canine “children.” She loves sharing her faith, gardening, and fascination and appreciation of animals (birds, bats, butterflies, and the cute furry ones too) over at Your Gardening Friend.