Living in Michigan, where our winters are longer than our summers, might just explain why we aren’t accustom to hotter temperatures. We’ve had a few heatwaves already this summer, and the summer just officially began a few weeks ago. But I learned what hot is really like when my parents lived in Arizona. I had visited and stayed with them in every season throughout the year. One time I flew into Phoenix in an air-conditioned plane, walked into the air-conditioned airport and then walked outside to get the rental car and that’s when it hit! It felt like the oven door had opened and I walked right into that pre-heated oven in the month of July. Now add plenty of humidity and that’s when hot is really hot!
“God, it was hot! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.” ~Rachel Caine
A week ago we had heat advisory warnings telling us it would feel like 105 degrees. So Mr. Cottage and I took Sadie to the cottage where we usually have a nice breeze. When it’s hot and we’ve got that breeze coming across the lake, we love sitting in the shade and sipping our cold drinks to stay cool. We usually have a fan or two going in the cottage, but rarely ever use our AC. But last weekend was so not and unfortunately we ended up staying inside with the AC running because there wasn’t any wind. So in between painting and reading books everything was going fine until we lost power at the hottest time during the day.
While we waited to see if the power would be coming back on soon, I noticed these ducks waddling across the field.
All I could think of is what a great mother duck she’s been to all her babies! It’s unusual to see that many ducklings, at their size, still following their mother. Usually many of them die off rather quickly because of their tiny size and turtles and large prey usually get to them first. Needless to say, the power was taking forever to come back on, so we all headed back home where we had AC.
Sunday evening we were notified that our daughter was admitted from ER to the hospital. Their Bassett Hound, Hoover, whom many of you have met through some of my blog posts, was been dealing with major back issues. She’s 10.5 years old and has been taking some meds that need to be given on a regular basis. So rather than subject her to bring her to our house, Mr. Cottage thought it would be easier on her if I went and stayed with Hoover. If you’re not familiar with Hoover, you can read about her here.
That was on Monday. Tuesday morning our daughter passed out and fell face forward onto the tiled floor in the hospital’s bathroom. Her ribs are very badly bruised, which is making it difficult for her to move in her bed, let alone get out of it. She also has a concussion, along with a facial fracture near her eye. (Yes, that’s Hoover squeezed in between the couch and ottoman)
So needless to say, I’ve been dog sitting Hoover ever since. 4th of July was just another day for all of us this year. (As I write this, they just got a positive staph infection report, but fortunately it’s not in her bloodstream; and there’s talk of transferring her to a rehab facility to have them work on her mobility so she can get home). The other day when I returned from the hospital, I noticed how warm it felt at their house. Yes, their AC quit working and Hoover was miserable! How did we all survive without AC years ago? I opened their sliding door and window to get some breeze going through their place and started up a floor fan, even though the ceiling fan was on. Poor Hoover was miserable!
One way I try to stay cool in the summer is to wear my favorite Fresh Produce items. No, that’s not fresh produce as in veggies and fruits, but rather a clothing store that I became very familiar with while in Florida. Their Boxy Tanks are the best for comfort, coolness and good looks. Nothing tight fitting, thank goodness! They come in many colors and sizes. The seaglass one above, just arrived the other day. I wanted their matching jersey shorts (like the white one above), but they were out of my size in that color. So I kept checking back and found they were back in stock and just ordered them yesterday. Please note that I’m not getting compensated in anyway to tell you about their company. The shorts have elastic around the top, two pockets and are very comfortable.
This is another boxy tank I’ve had for years, with a design of a fish on it. The one thing I’ve found out is to buy what you love before they go on clearance. By that time, all the popular colors and sizes are out of stock. When I bought my seaglass top, they had a special sale going on at the time, so I lucked out! They’re perfect for around the house, grocery shopping and going to flea markets. They’re all 100% cotton, so when I wash and dry them, I leave them in the dryer for about 10 minutes and hang them up to finish drying. That way you never have to iron them!
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When it’s hotter than hot, another way to try and keep cool is by not doing much in the form of activities. I like to sit and read in the shade or by a fan with the AC running. The Radium Girls is another book I bought through BookBub for only a couple of dollars. This is a true story that starts off in the early 1920’s about women who painted the number dials on clocks and watches giving them a luminous glow when in the dark. Unfortunately, many of these women paid for it with their lives. Not much was known about Radium at that time and those who knew of the effects, weren’t necessarily forthcoming; especially the company these girls worked for. The company outright lied to them and eventually the girls took the company to court, but it took many years and loss of life for this to happen. I just read recently that geiger counters still go off over the graves of these women; that’s how much radiation they had absorbed. I couldn’t put this book down knowing this is a true story and seeing photos and hearing how nasty this company was to all of them. It’s because of these women laws are in place for employers today.
I first heard about The Marriage Lie from Andrea on her blog, Living on Cloud Nine. Once you start reading it, you’ll find it hard to put down. It’s a psychological thriller about a husband who dies in a plane crash and his wife who questions everything about the husband she thought she knew.
And remember to drink plenty of liquids, as in water and iced tea. Stay safe and cool, my friends!