“Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat” — Caroline Schoeder
Boy, oh boy, sure is brutal out… not only is it HOTTER than heck but also humid, too. We desert dwellers are not used to humidity. Excessive heat warnings are in effect and all we city homesteaders (with0ut AC) can do is keep cooking and chores to a minimum or do them in the cool of the night or morning. We have to “change our ways” because of the heat so a lot of extra curricular homestead activities are on hold right now like canning and bread baking. Even washing dishes in hot water turns the kitchen into a sauna for a moment! The slightest exertion causes one to drip buckets (hmmm, maybe we can save it and water the plants?).
We are uncomfortable but have been blessed with an old Craftsman house which has high ceilings and a huge attic for which we have a solar fan which helps a lot. Wood floors and big windows for ventilation–they sure knew how to build a comfortable home back then.
Keeping the plants watered and the animals cool during this dangerous heat spell is a full time job. Fortunately, the animal enclosure is located in the coolest part of the yard and is surrounded on two sides by a stone wall with tree shading. It just takes a watering down of the wall and trees to begin the natural cooling process through evaporation. This is the time I hang with the animals to reap those benefits. And, everyday, the countdown to the welcomed relief of the cool breezy nights begins. As soon as the sun is setting, the atmosphere changes and those cool nights bring a respite from the draining daytime temps.
For those brave souls who dare to come out and shop and plan on stopping by the farm stand today and Sunday, COOL down with organic sorbets, ice cream and an assortment of natural drinks.
How are you “beating the heat?”