We are in the midst of a heat-wave here in Southern Ontario. Yes, I know that heat-wave might not be the proper name, by definition, for what is going on here. So, let's just say it is down-right hot.
When heat like this strikes, it is important to make sure you have prevention in place, so not to suffer from a heat-stroke. (I had heat-stroke last summer, and it was not fun.) Finding a way to cool off your body is essential in this kind of heat.
Most importantly, keep hydrated. You may not realize how fluid deprived your body may be until it is too late. Wear a wide brimmed sun hat to help keep those hot rays off of your head. And, change your dog walking time to either early morning, or later in the evening - taking advantage of those longer hours of daylight.
Yet, what I really can't stand is when my home heats up. What is one to do when summer heat settles in and your home doesn't have air conditioning?
A trick and tip which I learned from my grandmother is to keep your windows shut, as well as pulling your curtains on the sunny side of the house. The simple act of drawing your curtains can lower the temperature in your home by up to five degrees.
In the evening, as the sun is setting, open up those curtains and windows and let the cooler air blow into your home, helping to drop the temperature overnight. Finally, install a ceiling fan, to circulate the air around the room.
I am not one to complain about summer heat, as all too soon cooler winds will prevail. I will admit, though, to feeling uncomfortable and sometimes a tad cranky, when it gets too hot. Yet, by employing a few of these tips to beat the summer heat, I find I can embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer!