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    Coping with the heat

    Hi all: What's everyone doing to cope with the heat? I've become best buddies with my crockpot again. Too hot to stand outside to BBQ. Try to throw open all the windows and doors all night long to bring in the cool and shut down as needed in the a.m. Whole lotta ice tea going on. Been doing a lot of machine piecing in the heat of the day. Keeps my mind busy from thinking about the heat and feeling claustrophobic. Can't help but think of the other folks so much worse off than I am. At least it cools down most nights and it doesn't last too long in the northeast.

    Any hot weather tricks you care to share?

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    Turn the a/c on, and it won't feel as hot..
    We are near the water, and usually isn't this hot.. It's brutal..

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    Wow, you don't need your A/C at night??? Sounds lovely!
    Iced tea is always a great plan. Drink lots of it with tons of ice!
    Anything outside around here is best done before 8 AM (9-10 if it's in the shade) or else after dark in the evening.
    Eat lots of salads and other 'cool' stuff, no heavy meals especially at lunch.
    Veggies are great to nibble on when it's hot.
    If you're going to BBQ, do it after dark when it's cooler (even around here it gets down in the 80s at night)
    Leave your car windows down about an inch or so to prevent too much heat build up that can crack windshields
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    In the old days, my mother would run a fan across a tub that contained a large block of ice (from the ice truck that used to cruise the streets). Not sure where you can get an ice block these days, but I remember that it did help. Maybe dump a couple of bags of purchased ice cubes in a plastic tub?

    After the ice melts, you can sit with your feet in the cold water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    In the old days, my mother would run a fan across a tub that contained a large block of ice (from the ice truck that used to cruise the streets). Not sure where you can get an ice block these days, but I remember that it did help. Maybe dump a couple of bags of purchased ice cubes in a plastic tub?

    After the ice melts, you can sit with your feet in the cold water.
    I had a great Aunt that did the same thing.
    Lots and lots of ice tea and diet Mt.Dew keep me cool while watching the hummingbirds play in the water sprinkler.

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    I don't cope, I just get crabby.

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    I hope that was a joke! If she had an A/C (many of us don't) I'm sure she'd have thought of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz View Post
    I don't cope, I just get crabby.
    Same with me. DH allows AC 24/7 so he doesn't have to put up with me.
    I ran errands early then stayed indoors the rest of the day.
    Still 82 muggy degrees at 9:39 PM.
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    Hot here too! and tomorrow is to be worse.
    Another one without a/c ... other than in my truck.

    And there have been times in past years when I got SO hot, that I went for a drive in my truck, even though I had no reason to go!!

    Thankfully the saving grace this time round, has been that the night have cooled, and I too open the windows and get some of that cooler air in. However, it's not looking so promising for that tonight.



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    I for one am getting really tired of cold meals. I refuse to put one morsel of heat in my house. This has gotten extreme to say the least. I am greatful my sewing room is the basement , so much cooler . Me and the fuzzy one are cellar dwellars till this extreme heat is over. It hit 104 today and will go a bit higher tommorrow ! and maybe some desperately needed rain might happen this weekend .

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    OOH! I would like to see 80. It is in the 90's when we go to bed. Got AC's running all the time. I can't stand the heat. It is so dry and hot here, Our tomatoes died and we're not allowed to water when we want. We can water on Thurs and Sun.

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    I am so thankful for AC, but our basement is much cooler and we can go down there if we need to. We keep the temp set higher so it doesn't run the unit as much. I do any watering before 9:00 AM and get inside and stay inside!! I am very ready for cooler temps and praying for some rain. Our field corn looks like short little sweet corn that is tasseling! We love ice tea and drink it with ICE. I keep hearing thunder, unless it is fireworks going off illegally. We are able to water and have kept the garden growing. Ripening tomatoes are on the vines!
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    We are fortunate to have A/C, but I also have fans running all through the house (night and day). Add a little salami, cheese, and vegies to a pasta salad and you have cool, but filling meals. I try to get all of my errands done by nine am.

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    Fans in every room. It cools off here until August. By then we will have packed up the RV and headed north. We drive until it's in the 80's. Then he rides his bike and I piece tops.

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    Keep a spray bottle of COLD water at hand and use it on yourself...arms, neck, face, legs. I keep my hair quite short in summer so even use the spray on my head. Wetness promotes evaporation and therefore cooling.

    Finally got power just after noon today after almost 6 days without AC or water (pump for well); temps here have been over 95 every day. Many have really suffered.

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    Oh Jan,i know how you feel we had power to come back on last night around 7pm and then the storms today took our power back out yes the heat has sure made lots of us suffer we r using a gentator for the lights and such.....Stay Cool so glad u got your power restored

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    107 today and 108 last week. Over 10 day of this continous record breaking heat. No relief until Sunday and then it will be 98. Good ole St. Louis weather. The emergency rooms at hospitals here are packed.
    To make things worse its been so dry. I don't mind the heat as long as I can retrieve from it inot a/c.
    Drinking lots of tea/water. Other than that, not much else you can do.
    I haven't had my oven on since the wave started. The crock pot and George Foreman grill have been getting a good workout. Sometimes just plan old sandwiches are the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz View Post
    I don't cope, I just get crabby.
    Oh, I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one! I just don't do heat & thought when I moved to WI (from FL!) that I wouldn't ever have to worry about it. Guess again! Anymore we get the worst of both worlds... wind chill advisories in the winter & heat advisories in the summer. It's so hot here that even our weeds are wilting!

    To keep cool? Well "cool" being a relative thing... lots of cold Dr. Pepper, no cooking in the house, the A/C on full blast (tho it quit last week & that was a long 24 hours), all the ceiling fans in the house going like gang busters, cool baths. I have absolutely no energy -- this heat just saps it. So I've just been a lump... watching lots of TV (my step-daughter is visiting for the week so that's fine with her... LOL!), reading, goofing around on the 'puter, just marking time till this breaks.
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    I remember once, before we had airconditioning, it was really hot like this and I was trying to wash dishes. Sweat was pouring down my face and stinging my eyes - it was pitiful. I finally got the idea to put cold water in a dish pan - and stand in it. I was washing in hot water feeling totally normal - the cold water on my feet and ankles cooled my blood down so that I felt very comfortable. Please do try it!! If you just have to sit (or stand) for a while it really really works!!
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    Staying indoors so much because of the extreme heat also makes me feel claustrophobic and antsy. Sometimes I wish I could stay home and catch up with all my chores and sewing but this heat wave has sapped my energy and I'm doing hardly anything. Been limiting errands and food shopping and going early in morning so I get back home before it heats up too much, absolutely no gardening, lawn waterning or BBQing. Thank God we have had power and been able to run AC, a few times it has cooled off enough at night to open windows and have fans bringing in some moister air. Dried out my sinus during trip to Las Vegas beginning of June and came home to the heaviest allergy season that has kept me feeling awful for over a month. Yesterday DH and I spend most today in a hospital as our DIL had surgery, she did fine and we enjoyed a long day in the coolest moistest AC air. I really don't feel like eating much but have been drinking lots of home brewed ice tea with ice and lots of lemon as it's the best refreshment I know of.

    Pray the weather cools down and brings all of us some relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama View Post
    I remember once, before we had airconditioning, it was really hot like this and I was trying to wash dishes. Sweat was pouring down my face and stinging my eyes - it was pitiful. I finally got the idea to put cold water in a dish pan - and stand in it. I was washing in hot water feeling totally normal - the cold water on my feet and ankles cooled my blood down so that I felt very comfortable. Please do try it!! If you just have to sit (or stand) for a while it really really works!!
    Back before we had central AC I bought a little baby pool and put it on our back deck. When I came home from work I'd put on my bathing suit and sit in the pool until my body was cooled from the inside out. We have one of those little pools right now and I'd fill it up and cool off in it if I could but we're using it to catch a leak in our garage right now.

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    one fat quarter
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    put a few inches of ice in the bag
    wrap the fat quarter around the bag
    wrap that around your neck
    pin or clip to keep it closed

    works like a charm.
    when the ice melts, dump the water and start over.
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    Having lived in Texas most of my life I'm no stranger to hot weather, however, the older I get the less I like it. I tend to hibernate and only go out when absolutely necessary. Did find that local library has great air conditioning and I love to read. Use fans a lot and minimal cooking.

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