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Today is an extremely hot day. I do not have the car. And my kitchen is an utter train wreck (read- yesterday I ran a lot of errands and managed to keep cool).
Our home has one window air conditioning unit, which we've placed in our bedroom window. We run the ceiling fan and another big fan in front of the door to blow air through the house. My living room is decently comfortable, since it is right off of the bedroom, but my kitchen sits on the back of the house and swelters.
Most days it is tolerable, but today is just one of those hot days. Not even nine o'clock, and it is 80 degrees. Inside my house.
For those of you who have centralized air conditioning, give thanks and rejoice, and skip over this post :). For those of you who don't, here's my survival plan for the day:
Do the hot but necessary tasks first. I have got to clean my kitchen today. It is seriously a disaster! It will certainly be a hot and unpleasant task, so I will be eating my frog and tackling it first. To keep my mind off the heat, I'll be picking up where I left off in listening to Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Mary Barton. As soon as I finish, I'll be rewarding myself with a cold shower (there is certainly no point in showering before I sweat away over the sink!).
Skip the hot but unnecessary tasks all together. I will not be doing laundry and running my drier today (fortunately my laundry is pretty much caught up!). I will not be ironing. I will not be running my oven. I will not be going for a walk or exercising. End of story. Give yourself grace to let go of these things for just one day!
Focus on cooler jobs. Once my kitchen is tidy, I'll be sitting in my air conditioned bedroom with the babe. Probably all day :). We will fold laundry, play and read together, and maybe even deep clean and organize my bedroom while we're in there. My goal is to be productive without breaking a sweat!
Keep dinner easy. Hamburgers anyone? Make a plan that requires no oven usage! Slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches are another great option.
Drink lots of water. All day! Guzzle it!
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Reward yourself with tasty cool drinks. Iced tea is my one weakness ;). You can bet that I will be downing a lot of it today. Make homemade iced coffee, or lemonade, or whatever suits your fancy. Kick your feet back for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
Count your blessings. Really, today may be hot, but things could be much worse. I am thankful that I have a lovely home to live in, cool and clean summer clothes to wear, clean water to drink, and nourishing food to eat. I am thankful that I am not a slave from one hundred years ago working on a cotton plantation in Georgia. That would be hot!!! Considering worse alternatives to my present situation always helps to pull things into perspective.
This is the day that the Lord has made! We will rejoice and be glad in it! :)
How do you make hot summer days more enjoyable in your home?
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