Some people love to see the sun come out. And the hotter it beats down the more they revel in it. They say things like, 'Oh I can't wait until summer!"
These people are nuts. And though I myself may have my own piece of crazy town, I am not one of these people. For me, anything over 80 degrees might as well be 100. I find a 'nice' sunny hot day particularly distressing.
Maybe the people who say crazy things like,' I love summer' have excellent air conditioning and small houses or an unlimited bank account to pay their electric bill. I remember back a few years ago when we DID have AC.... and I remember those $300 electric bills. My husband always insisted that the AC be turned on 'to get rid of the muggy'. Even if it wasn't hot. And then wouldn't notice when it actually got too cold. I complained to him yesterday how hot it was and he agreed that indeed it was probably time to get some sort of AC. Then I kind of cringed at the thought of the higher electric bills and was a little sorry I said anything. But I'm not too worried... my husband is a busy contractor... it won't get done anytime soon.
So in the mean time I will rely on every trick I know to stay cool. I don't know of anything amazing and magical, but sometimes common sense is the best tip and it's just a matter of committing to remembering to employ some very reasonable practices. Things like, open all windows as early in the morning as you can. But then don't forget to close them back up by noon when the sun really begins to heat up outside. Sometimes even by ten am is the best time to lock in the morning cool before the day begins to heat up. To increase the effectiveness of this tip, invest in a window fan. It will freeze you out overnight in a small room and you will find yourself clinging tight to the comforter in the morning. They are also nice because you can use them in their 'exhaust' position in order to draw out heat, burnt dinner odors, etc.
Here's another idea... one that my husband and I can sometimes get in a tiff about. He calls me a bat. Because when he comes home at the end of the day it's dark in the house. But I insist it stays much cooler this way. Especially if you have lower ceilings. Just try standing under a five bulb chandelier for two minutes. Don't tell me lights don't put out heat. Where do you think all the heat goes... the same heat that burns your hand when you try to change a light bulb too soon and it's still burning hot? How many light bulbs are in your house? More importantly, how many are on when they don't REALLY need to be? And by the way... large screen TVs are just as warming when left going all day.
Who doesn't like to snack on chocolate chips? Well, yes they do get melty- but not if you keep them in a zip lock baggie in the freezer. And if you don't trust yourself with chocolate chips around, buy frozen or freeze fresh blueberries to pop in your mouth when the temps rise. It's much better for your teeth than comping on ice, and your body will thank you for the valuable nutrition. Yes, even the chocolate chips... they do come in dark you know. *wink*
Ladies, you will like this tip.. Grill grill grill. That (usually) means you don't have to cook. Grills aren't supposed to be saved for fourth of July. It's just another method of cooking. In my family we cook on the grill year round. Besides... men don't seem to melt in the outside heat like a lot of us women do. Jes sayin'.
Always remember that you are never too old for Otter Pops. Even if you don't have any kids, a little bit of frozen kool aid in a tube does wonders to cool the body down with out adding the same unwanted calories and fat of other ice cream treats.
The last good trick I know is what I fall back on when all else fails. I keep a small spray bottle, the kind you find in the beauty section of the department store, next to me at all times. A few good spritzes of water to wet you down all over your face head and chest is AMAZING. Try it. You'll like it!