Stay cool my friends.
Yesterday and today it feels brutal in NYC. Yesterday after getting home and wiping my dripping wet face I looked at the weather and it said “Feels like 106 degrees”. Then I looked at my shirt that now had belly sweat spots and sobbed lightly on my cement floor. Oh my. Actually right now as I write this post it’s 11:21PM and I just looked at the weather and it says “feels like 100”. It’s 11:21PM. I was just sent this website where you can check the weather on the L train platform, which is a popular subway train that runs from Brooklyn to Manhattan. At the Union Square stop right now it’s 104F. WHAT IS GOING ON.
All I wanted today was Sour Patch Kids popsicles, they were so hard to track down and PathMark Supermarket had them. But I was 2 miles away from my house, there was no way they were going to make it. Do you know when it’s bad? You buy chocolate chips to bake with and by the time you get home they are melted chocolate. Do you know when it’s bad? When I feel my wall near my windows at 11:24PM and it’s hot to the touch. Do you know when it’s bad? When my beloved corn basically wants to call it a day and is sick of this weather. Extreme weather is not good for corn pollination, SIGH. By the looks of this article corn is a wide spread problem.
How’s the weather where you are? Is it a warm one or a tolerable summer? How are you with heat – do you love it or want to cry?
Here are some tips I bring you because I have no education in giving you summer tips, but I thought it could be fun.
1. Plan ahead. If you know it’s going to be really heated, buy popsicles days ahead of time. Don’t be like me and pout because you don’t have a popsicle. Has anyone tried the Sour Patch Kids popsicles by the way? Are they as amazing as I would hope? I just got a great idea to make my own lemon ones, so maybe after I write this post I will make them instead of going to sleep.
2. Go bare. If you’re inside and miserable, just take it off. You don’t have to take it all off, but as I’m writing this I’m in my underwear (TMI?). If the Fedex man knocks on your door, smile kindly and quick grab your box and close the door. Or have a shirt ready to throw on by the door. Cotton, hemp and other natural fabrics are summer feel good fabrics.
3. In all seriousness, drink a ton of water. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces so make sure you stay hydrated. If you’re working out, your body needs even more. Nothing makes me feel better than some ice cold lemon water, it makes me feel better right away.
4. Stay inside during peak hours. If you need to water that garden, or walk to the store, do it early or late in the day. Spend those heated afternoon hours indoors out of the sun. Your body needs rest so pretend it’s a spa during the day and relax. Take this time to watch a movie, make some no-bake cake batter squares, read a book, leave blog comments, paint your nails, make a spreadsheet on whatever your heart desires.
5. Keep your home cool during the day. If you need to make that roast in the oven that takes hours, save it for a cooler day. Keep your curtains down and try to protect the sun from entering in your entire house (especially your bedroom for when it’s sleepy time). Pretend you’re a vampire.
6. Cooling your head cools your entire body, just like in the winter if you warm up your head with a hat, your body feels warmer. Wetting your head with cold water during the day definitely cools you off (and makes me look like a cute wet dog). Also a ice pack will make you feel better.
7. If you have go outside, make it quick and always wear sunscreen! Protect yourself, that sun is very dangerous.
8. Use box fans and ceiling fans to work for you. If you’re using a ceiling fan you want it to run counterclockwise when viewed from under it. This causes air to be pushed down directly under the fan. Little fans like this one I have on my desk work great to keep me cooled down when I’m at my computer and doesn’t take up much space. Bonus, it’s also incredibly quiet. Even on the low setting my hair blows like I’m a movie star.
9. Before going to sleep get a cool shower or bath, this will lower your body temperature. I do this and run directly from the bathroom into the air conditioned bedroom. Wear minimal/nothing while you sleep.
10. Lots of people recommend eating spicy food in the heat. You might think this is crazy, but if you think about it spicy food will cause you to sweat which will cool down your body. Eat light foods, cold salads, fruits and plenty of cold snacks (pickles anyone?). Also I recommend a piece of cold fudge because when don’t I recommend a piece of cold fudge?
11. Check on everyone in your house, make sure everyone else is feeling ok too. Throwing ice cubes down other peoples shirts as you walk by is a fun way to kill the afternoon. This is the only time no one will fight about it.
Cats have it rough in the heat so please make sure to take care of your furry critter baby faces. These are tips I have come across after my numerous searches of trying to keep our 4 meowzas happy in the summer. Don’t take offense to it if your cat doesn’t care about any of it and ignores all your good gestures, that’s why you love your cat. And you know deep down inside, your cat appreciates it, they just don’t want you to know that.
1. Keep cool bowls of water around the house. Add ice cubes to it to stay cool. This is extra fun because your cat might enjoy batting at the ice cube.
2. Don’t keep the fans or air conditioning to yourself, share with them. Make sure the cool areas are accessible to them.
3. If your cat has long hair, you can consider getting it shaved in the summer time. Brother Bear is a Maine Coon but our vet won’t even cut his nails out of fear (ok, he made her bleed once.. ok maybe twice… and maybe a vet assistant too).
4. Get a damp cloth and rub it over your cats body.
5. Keep a wet cloth in the freezer and when it freezes, put it on the floor. They might lay on it, or just lay near it to feel the cold air on their whiskers.
6. Try to keep your cats calm during the day, just like you, you don’t want to run around during the afternoon hours so keep the game of chase the fly/mouse/your foot for later on.
7. Give your cat cool options to lay. Cats love tile floor, your sink, or even a box that you make them in a cool part of the house. Cats love boxes, they can’t resist them.
8. Brush your cat daily! Summer causes matted fur and trust me, that’s not nice for the cat or you if you have to comb out those mats. This will also allow air to flow better in their fur.
9. Watch for heatstroke. If your cat is panting, drooling, vomiting or just seems out of it, play it safe and get to the vet.
10 . Love your cat. Talk to it about how much the weather sucks while you kiss their nose. They will listen to you. You guys are in this together.
Be safe everyone!