However, when the days get really hot, such as they are now, I sometimes need to turn to my one source of A/C--my car. Like yesterday when I simply had to drive around for awhile to regain my equilibrium. I didn't have a destination; I just drove out into the countryside, along a pretty river, then turned around and came back. It helped.
In fact, few houses around here do have A/C. One friend hies himself off to the public library for a few cool hours. Another carries around a spritzer and, rather like moisturizing a plant, she spritzes her face, arms, and hair. One has a secret spot where she goes skinny dipping. Families buy a seasonal pass to swim in a nearby lake. Or they get out their little plastic pool in the backyard.
I used to make what I called sun tea in the summer--simply 3 herbal-blend tea bags dropped in a container of water and set out in the sun to steep. Then I heard a program advising against doing that--that that can produce yucky bacteria. Better to let it steep in the fridge, it said. So instead of sun tea, I now make fridge tea. It's a pretty color and is wonderfully refreshing. And it has the advantage of having no real sugar, no fake sugar, and no high-fructose corn syrup.
|Fridge tea with its three tea-bags|
So while the heat lasts, I take it as easy as possible, turn on my electric fan, keep that iced drink at hand, and read a good book to take my mind off things. Right now I'm reading The Twin by the Dutchman, Gerbrand Bakker. I recommend it. Anyway, just reading about the protagonist going for a good long ice-skate on a frozen lake can be cooling, too! Of course, getting back to reasonable temperatures would be even better.