Monday, July 2, 2012

Beating the Heat

If you aren’t personally experiencing it, you’ve surely heard about the nasty heat we’ve been experiencing in the South. Thankfully, it did not get to 109 yesterday. (Or maybe it did. I stopped paying attention once it reached 106.)

In any case, I thought I’d share my top ten beat-the-heat suggestions.

1.  Make iced hot chocolate. I know “iced hot chocolate” is a paradoxical name, but you’re too hot to notice or care. So, put 3 cups ice cubes, 1/2c chocolate syrup, 1 c. fat-free evaporated milk, ½ t. vanilla in the blender. Blend. Drink. Bliss.

2.  Go to work. My daughter’s doing research in a computer lab this summer. Because of all the computers, the room is cold. My daughter brings a sweater to work.

3.  Mooch your friends’ swimming pools. Though after a week of extreme heat, the pools are turning into saunas.

4.  Iced tea and a good book. I’m reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. BTW, iced tea is even better with some bourbon added. Sadly, we don’t have any.

6.  Wear a Scarlett O’Hara hat when you go outside. (Yes, I’ve been doing a bit gardening, mostly watering.) You can vamp out in the heat and say, “Great balls of fire!” (hiccup) Poor Scarlett had too many iced teas with bourbon.

7.  Okay, I owe you five more suggestions. But it’s too hot. So why don’t you share some suggestions with me? Thanks.


  1. I made myself cold-brewed iced coffee this morning. YUM. I also have a large pitcher of lavender lemonade in the fridge, and I'm planning on making a batch of Teavana's strawberry-blueberry iced tea later this week.

    A kerchief soaked in cold water underneath your Scarlett O'Hara hat also does wonders.

  2. I'm going with "moving as little as possible." And cool baths. At least groundwater is always cool, right?

  3. Great list of suggestions. I need a Scarlett O'Hara hat now . . .