Autumn is breathing cool air down my neck. I'm ready to say good bye to summer.
My family lived largely without air conditioning this summer in our old, high-ceilinged city rowhouse. Unfortunately, our neighbors have chopped down two big trees recently; I bet I will notice that missing shade next year.
My survival tips For the Record so I can remember how to do this next year:
1. Don't heat up the kitchen if possible: use the grill, crockpot outside, or eat raw or cold stuff.
2. Set hot vats of water (canning, corn on the cob) outside to cool. Set hot canned jars outside to cool.
3. If I must use the oven, cram as many things in there as possible.
(left to right, potatoes, beets, hot fudge sundae cake)
4. Get in cold water as much as possible: shower, county pool, backyard baby pool, fountain.
5. Put on a caftan (nothing else) as soon as the children are in bed and hope nobody stops by. Wear skirts, not capris or shorts.
(my 1970s inspired caftan, made one night in a blurry desperation, using no pattern and an old sheet; unflattering, but it makes its own breeze!)
4. Keep the blinds shut during the day.
(We originally wanted to replace the missing stained glass in our buffet window, but alas, we caved to the blinding sunshine this summer and got a wood blind to match the rest - 70% off at JCPenney!)
5. Watch the weather station (Christmas present from my husband!) obsessively to know when to open and close windows.
6. My body took one heat wave to adjust; after that, I was not so affected by the heat. But I still allowed myself to be languorous in the heat - this is how our bodies cope.
Hello, autumn, you beautiful girl. So nice to see you again.
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