|Summer, we love you! No buts!|
All across the country (and most of Canada from what we hear) we’ve been waiting and waiting and…waiting for summer to arrive. Finally, it’s here and we are so, so grateful! But… Ok, no buts.
But some of us promised we wouldn’t complain about the heat (if it would just hurry and get here) and we are determined to keep that vow. Aside from visiting that second cousin once removed in the Yukon, here are some of the best ways Amy and I have discovered to tame those torturous summer temps.
Take it from Amy and...
· Take in a matinee. Not only does hanging out in an air-conditioned theater keep you cool, going during the heat of the day allows you to enjoy those matinee prices! Plus, the best movies come out in the summer. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? We strongly suggest you do!
· Go bowling. The best thing about bowling is that it’s fun for everyone - young or old. Take the kids or grandkids or call up your girlfriends and get that strike!
|Cool off, get that strike, and still have time to spare!|
· Head to the library to find some new summer reads. Thanks again to the air conditioning, the library is a great place to spend some time during the hottest part of the day. Find a new romance or dive into a mystery. Whatever your mood, the library should have what you’re looking for. Of course, you could always download Carol’s new book, Summer at the Shore, and find a comfortable nook at the library to read away!
|Your next summer read?|
Cool suggestions, Amy! And thanks for the shout out, my lovely friend!
In case it's too far (or too much effort) to head to town, here are Carol’s stay-at-home heat busters:
· Freeze some fabric. Moisten wash cloths, roll them up, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple hours. Place cool fabric on hot skin and let your troubles melt away… Along the same line, you can place your sheets in the freezer for about 30 minutes before bedtime for a cool start to those sweltering nights.
· Cold Potato. If you’ve got kids around, try playing a game of “cold potato.” Fill some water balloons and then refrigerate until chilled. Poke a pinhole in the balloon and then see how long you can toss it around before all the water is gone. For extra fun, recruit Granny to play. Hilarious. (Warning: you will get wet!)
|One potato, two potato, cold potato?|
· Try some frigid fruit. Freeze blueberries, raspberries, mango, grapes, even cantaloupe for a healthy and refreshing popsicle. Try using in place of ice cubes in lemonade, tea, or water.
· Hibernate. To keep your non-airconditioned house as cool as possible, issue a moratorium on virtually all appliances (except the freezer, you might need that for the towels and fruit.) The oven, dishwasher, and washer and dryer are the obvious ones, but even the shower, toaster, and hair dryer can heat up your space. Seriously, do we need to give you a better reason NOT to cook or clean?
Hey, you know what would be extra cool? Help us keep our promise and share some of your favorite ways to beat the summer heat!
For more information on Amy Vastine and Carol Ross, including a complete list of their books please visit their websites!