You've seen the facebook status complaints, heard the hum of window ac units in your neighborhood, and heck you've said it yourself - it's h-o-t!!!
I found myself thinking - what the HECK did people do before they could run three window ac units for 8 days straight of a heat wave, you know before there was a 'heat index' or a 'feels like' temperature.
To give me a LITTLE bit of street cred... I spent all my summers growing up... for the whole summer... living in a tent at girl scout camp with no electric and no flushing toilets. We still had campfires.
Here are some ideas for keeping your cool:
2. Water (to drink and to play in)
3. Fans (not the electric kind)
4. Mud (followed by a cold shower)
5. Cool foods (nothing cooked... ice cream for dinner... lemonade with freshly picked berries)
6. Water balloons, water guns, soaked sponges, and a battle. OR - arm everyone, then prohibit anyone from saying a common word (no, yes, hot, cold, hungry... etc)... anytime someone says it - SOAK them.
7. Slip and slides (hint... all you need is plastic and water... not the expensive set)
8. Have a backwards day. Stay up all night, outside. Have a camp 'fire' lit by flashlights, stargaze, play flashlight tag... sleep when it's hot the next day
9. Duck, duck, water.
10. Submerge yourself in a bathtub full of ice, with a frosty beverage. jk.
Here are some things I am glad I don't have to worry about in the summer 2013:
2. Walking/riding into town to the ice house to try chip some ice to 'refrigerate' my perishables
3. Two words: wool.underwear.
4. Being pregnant... with no air conditioning
5. Milking a (hot, stinky, fly covered) cow
6. Cooking over a fire
8. The family bath
9. Lack of deodorant (even the natural kind)
10. Powdered wigs
Here are some things I bet the pioneers wish they had:
1. Water fan
2. This fridge
3. Air conditioned clothes
4. Personal cooling devices
5. Outhouse deodorizer