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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Easy Cool-down in the Hot Summer Heat


We went to the movies last Saturday. It was so hot I was already perspiring thinking about sitting outside on the hot asphalt of the parking lot where the outdoor movies are shown. The word "sweltering" instantly came to mind. I knew I needed to bring a lot of various drinks like water, iced tea, lemonade and, of course, iced cold beer. I also planned on wearing my big straw hat and Foster Grant sunglasses. These actions and accoutrements would help keep me from melting but how to actually add coolness to the experience?

Then I remembered that we used to send my daughter to camp mid-summer with a hand-held fan and a water spritzer to keep cool in the intense heat of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  We didn't have the fan but I could fix up a spray bottle. My easy solution was to fill a spray bottle with fresh, cool water. I added a couple of ice cubes to keep it cooler longer. Then I put a couple of teaspoons of lemon into the bottle. I also added a few slices of lemon rind. It did the trick!

Spraying above my head and letting the mist fall down over my face and shoulders really did cool me down. It was actually refreshing. Everyone else liked it too. A quick solution for a hot day...and night.