Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Excessive Heat Warning

It’s been crazy HOT here in Michigan with dangerous heat and humidity. It’s been in the 90’s all week. We are actually under an excessive heat warning until 8PM on Friday night.

Today and tomorrow it is supposed to be the highest with the heat and humidity feeling as if it's 105-110, according to our weather guy.

Here's how we've kept oursleves cool in the past and present; most times with A/C one REALLY AWFUL time without.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed so A/C doesn’t have to work as hard.
  • Drink lots of water – stay away from alcohol and sugar filled drinks.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Boys were usually in swim trunks or underwear (sorry, boys).
  • Spray bottles - let the kids go to town.
  • Cooler shower or bath - even if it's just to jump in and cool off.
  • Popsicles were always on hand.
  • Make our own shakes and smoothies.
  • Slushes – pour juice in small freezer safe cup and put in freezer for 10-15 min. take spoon and break up ice making an easy slush.
  • Let the kids play in the water sprinklers, water balloons, water guns (sunscreen a must). Kept boys out of the sun between 10am and 4pm – this is when the sun causes the most damage.
  • Icepacks – I used to buy cheap sponges ($ Store is great), slightly squeeze water out and put in freezer safe plastic baggie. I didn’t use rubbing alcohol – kids put everything in their little mouths. When frozen, wrap in a wash cloth and urge them to put on head, back of neck and face. I also did the same with wash cloths (squeezing water out) and just throwing them in freezer without the baggie.
  • I used to keep 2 – ½ gallon water jugs on counter. 1 with ice water and 1 with iced tea. This way we weren’t constantly going into the fridge opening and closing the door.
  • Keep easy things on hand – jello, fruit, veggies.  No one likes to think about cooking (much less eating) when it’s hot and miserable so I wouldn't cook much.  Sub sandwiches are great too.
As the heat goes up my patience level goes down... quick.  So, I would always try to express all the things we had to be grateful for and not let the heat get the best of us.

Hoping it doesn't get the best of you.  Stay cool, my blogging friends.

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Mommybug77 said...

We are in Chicago. DH got a wellness check call today because he is a type 1 diabetic

Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

Crazy hot here in Ohio too. Great tips... really like the shakes and smoothies idea...

Karen and Gerard said...

We are having our Vacation Bible School at church this week--good thing it has air-conditioning and water games are planned for the rest of the week. They enjoyed sponge ball today (bombardment with wet sponges).

OneMommy said...

It is hot here, too. With the humidity it is supposed to feel like over 100 all week. Awful with kids...they are so grumpy, too! You have great tips!

~ Mona said...

Thanks, Ladies! Heat and humidity are also my #1 migraine trigger so I'm trying to play it VERY safe and stay away from all my other trigger... so far so good.

Angela said...

Same here in Ontario! Thanks for joing my hop!

Six in the Nest said...

It was 103* here in Northern Michigan this afternoon. We rode around in the car all day to keep cool. :/

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Shana said...

It's hot in MD too. But, I don't think I could survive 110! :) Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from Thursday Cup of Joe Blog Hop. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: http://blog.writerslairbooks.com. Thanks! By the way, we are GIVING AWAY an IPAD 2 and would love for you to enter if you haven’t already! Nice to meet you!

Plain Graces said...

Following from Welcome Wed. Blog hop- I had to laugh at your blip about being the only female in the house. I am in the same boat!
It's been hot here in Nebraska. I love the suggestions on ways to beat the heat.

~ Mona said...

The last time it was this hot was 5 years ago... the day after our central air broke down. It was a tough 3 days.

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Good Girl Gone Green said...

The spray bottle idea is great. WHile on vacation in Philly last week, I saw a bunch of daycare kids walking outside holding spray bottles and thought what a fantastic idea to keep cool!

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Heat is even in the rainy seasons.Thanks for ideas...

Hotel En Kuala Lumpur said...

Heat is increasing day by day. I loved your idea of spray bottle. I will use it. Thanks for the idea.

Painless Traffic said...

Your spray bottle idea is really very great.Thanks for this idea and i think to use it.