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Staying Cool

A while back, Suesie asked a very good question… “What do we do to stay cool?”

For the several weeks it’s been hot, hot, hot with temperature of 90+ degrees and heat indexes in the 100s most days. Living off the electrical grid means no air conditioning and no fans except the old fashioned kind that your hold in your hands and wave back and forth 🙂

So how do we beat the heat? Well… one way is to get up early in the morning so we can get our daily chores and work done while it is still cool outside. Currently that means feeding and watering the poultry and watering the garden.

After the morning chores are done we usually cook up some breakfast. Breakfast varies from light to elaborate depending on what we’ve harvested from the garden. Lately we’ve really been getting into sautéed veggies — green beans, lemon squash, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes with a little bit of soy sauce. Yum! We have our outdoor kitchen set up now so it’s a bit cooler than cooking indoors.

By then it is too darn hot to do anything but sit in the shade and drink lots of water. OK, OK…. sometimes we still find some tasks that we can do in the shade but a lot of times it’s a just a good excuse to read a good book. Any suggestions?

And when we get REALLY hot we take a nice cold shower with the garden hose. Blaze gets a shower now and then also. She likes to act like she doesn’t like it but it sure perks her up.

Finally, as it cools off in the evening we’ll take another tour of the garden and do “bug patrol” and gather more produce for dinner.

If you have any other ideas on how to stay cool… let us know!


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