Captain obvious checking in, passing along a friendly reminder that it’s hot out there! Holy crap, is it hot out there! They are saying it’s the hottest summer in 100 years. I have no problem believing it!
Is the heat affecting your summer plans? We have definitely gone to the pool much more than we did last summer. Even me, fatter than I have ever been (and no, not proud of it) has donned a swim suit and spent time in the pool. It ain’t pretty, but with these record highs, there’s no place I’d rather be.
We aren’t spending a lot of time playing outside, but when we do we make sure to stay hydrated. Violet loves to ride her tricycle and scooter, but we have been staying away from the playgrounds. It worries me how hot the equipment there will get in the sun. I’ve seen stories on the local news about kids getting burned while playing at playgrounds! We seem to be spending a lot of time inside out of the heat on the weekends. I hate not getting outside and getting fresh air, but as hot as it is, I think it’s safer to stay inside!
I’m so incredibly grateful to have central air conditioning. Many of my patients don’t, and it’s one thing to be a healthy 30-something in this heat, but these are elderly living in stifling hot homes. At least everyone has fans. I reiterate with every patient the importance of staying hydrated. I also remind them that besides drinking water, they can eat foods high in water content like watermelon, cucumbers, broccoli and tomatoes. Eating a salad in the summer is great way to stay hydrated!
This weekend I’m going to see Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at Mile High Stadium. The forecast for the day is 100 degrees. I’m exhausted just thinking about 7 hours in that heat! Normally I like a beer or two at a concert, but I’m pretty sure I will be sticking strictly to water this time around.
I’ve also put a water dish outside our front door for the few neighborhood cats who are let outdoors. I know I have blogged various times about how cats should be indoor pets, but the fact is there are cats who roam our neighborhood and I don’t know how much access they have to water during the day when they are out. If they find their way to our porch, which often they do, I want to make sure they can get hydrated. If you have neighborhood animals (even wildlife!) it’s a great idea to leave a water bowl outside. You may save a life!
How has the summer heat affected your usual summer activities?