I know I haven’t posted like I normally do…this week’s been a hard week, with having an asthma attack last Sunday (July 12) and the heat wave, haven’t felt like doing much of anything. Except take it easy! And get in the pool! I know it’s usually “my thoughts for the day”, but considering I haven’t really done this this week (have I?), I thought “thoughts for the week” was more appropriate.
I have plenty of stuff to share, and to work on, so that’s not an issue. Sometime soon, I’ll show you my files…not a pretty site! Especially for a photographer! I guess it’s better to have an overload of “work” than not enough. As it is right now, I primarily only take photos Sunday thru Wednesday, working on those photos over the weekend. Plus, if I can, work on “leftovers” – photos that I haven’t touched yet! I have photos dating back to November 2019 that I haven’t touched yet! Taking it easier on the weekends has really helped!
I’ve pretty much recovered from the ordeal on Sunday (July 12, 2020), so now, once the heat wave is over, I should be able to get back to normal. I’ve mentioned before that we don’t have air conditioning! The pool comes in very handy right now! As a rule of thumb, we don’t turn the A. C. on unless it’s really hot and humid out. But, considering that I can’t turn the a.c. on, there’s other ways to deal with the heat…
do your work in the morning, when it’s cooler out this is the best time to get any strenuous activities out of the way: things like watering the garden (best time to water is in the morning anyway), working in the garden, exercise, even grocery shopping. If you don’t like crowds, I know I don’t first thing in the morning or late at night is the best time to go.
close the windows/curtains/doors during the heat of the day depending on where you live from about 10 in the morning til evening the curtains should be closed on the side of the house that gets the most sun. Even if you have a.c. close the curtains, this will put less strain on the air conditioner. For what ever reason, I’ve found that keeping the windows open but closing the curtains and doors works best for this house. Especially if there’s a breeze. Doesn’t make sense, but that’s the way it goes in this house! as soon as the air temps inside and outside are equal, start opening the windows and doors. Doing this should allow the cool night air in.
ceiling fans/box fans I’ve got ceiling fans and or box fans running in every room we use. The guest room and “green room” (where my cats litter box used to be) are closed off at the moment. The windows are open, so it doesn’t get too stuffy. I close them in the winter too, if it gets bitter cold out. I have a box fan in two different windows, on either side of the house (east side and west side) pulling cool air in. The thing with box fans is, they can be used to pull cool air in/push hot air out. closing the doors to rooms that aren’t needed/used allows the ceiling fans/box fans to work more effectively, not using anymore electric than what is needed and not pulling heat from that part of the house.
turn the lights off this helps save on electric use, but also helps with the heat issue. I know not all light bulbs produce heat anymore, but most do. Ever touched a light bulb after it’s been on for a while? Chances are, it’s hot…that heat goes out into the room, making it warmer than it needs to be.
rest during the hottest part of the day get in the pool if you have one, take a shower, lay down…anything to keep cool! This doesn’t mean that you necessarily sleep, just rest. Reading, working on crafts, listening to music…even tv if you want, but I usually have the tv off!
drink lots of water…no need to get dehydrated! Also, if you do any kind of sweating add electrolytes/salt back into your body! PowerAde, Pedialyte, or Gatorade are good sources of electrolytes, or salt tablets. Salt tablets can be dissolved in a bottle of water. Websites mention not taking/using them…but can and are used to replace electrolites lost when sweating, to treat muscle cramps, So, of course, if you have any health issues, consult your doctor first. When my dad was working for the tree trimming service, he kept a bottle of salt tablets in his lunch box. If we do anymore fishing during the heat of the summer, I will keep a bottle of salt tablets, PowerAde and my inhaler in my backpack.
I know there are some instances where air conditioning is essential and there are no alternative ways. There was a time when the only air conditioning was the breeze coming through the open window, or resting under the old oak tree in the back yard. Or, going up to the roof top, to get a breath of fresh air.
I grew up without air conditioning, in an old farm house. So, not having a.c. is not the biggest issue. Learning how to cope, live without is better than being dependent on it…just my humble opinion. One day, we may not have it…and then what? That goes for just about anything. And the way things are going…our world could turn upside down in a heart beat! In some cases, I think it already has!
a caterpillar in the hand
originally posted Nov 9, 2019
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