I’m linking up again today with what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite challenges of each week, Mama Kat and her Weekly Writer’s Workshop. The topic I chose this week is …
4.) Share your best way to beat the summer heat.
Ummm … I don’t know if you know this, but I live in Washington. Western Washington. So … yeah. There’s really no heat to beat.
In the current 10-day forecast, The Weather Channel predicts 81 degrees as our high. Humidity? Nope. None of that either.
(Don’t hate me, please. I was raised in the Deep South, I spent six scorching summers in Georgia, and I weathered five ice-cold Connecticut winters. I just happen to live here now.)
However a few weeks ago, Washington had its very own “heat wave.” There were weather warnings and everything. Drink plenty of water! Stay out of the sun! Stay cool! Keep an eye on the very young and the elderly!
For three whole days the temperatures topped … 90.
Yes, we had a 90-degree heat wave in Washington state in the summer of 2013.
To be fair most homes here don’t have central air conditioning, many (mine included) aren’t even built for window units. I guess some people’s houses got pretty warm. There were some hot, sweaty, cranky people on Facebook those three days.
I, however, live in a bizarre hole in the earth that never really gets that hot. We did keep our windows open most of the summer. We turned on fans in each bedroom and avoided using the oven (at least that’s the excuse I gave…). I hear people say their upstairs bedrooms got as hot as 90 degrees in the afternoons. I was never bothered enough to look at the thermostat.
There was one afternoon though, the day after the Barenaked Ladies concert, when our house had been all closed up all night and into the afternoon, and it was … warm. Not uncomfortable, but not entirely comfortable either. So I used my ONLY beating-the-heat solution: I invited some friends over with promises of a shady back yard, hot dogs and cold drinks, and a lawn sprinkler and water guns for the kiddoes (or the adults if they were so inclined … I was).
What can I say? It worked.