Saturday, August 1, 2009

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Seattle breaks temp record as heat wave continues. That was the headline of the Seattle Times on Thursday.

The Bellevue Reporter headline read, Bellevue sizzles as temperatures hit 106.

This is Seattle. We like rain here, not temperatures that make us swoon. Stores have signs on their windows that state, "We are out of fans and air conditioners" because they have been asked that question endlessly for the past week. Why? Because we here in the Pacific Northwest don't have air conditioned homes. We never need that kind of cooling.

As a result of the weather we've had a few interesting things happening around here. Outside activities (unless water is involved) and road work has come to a halt. Microsoft lost power and sent their employees home. Boeing had a major roll out of their newest military plane, The Poseidon, where every industrial fan available was moved outside and trained on all the suits so they could remain . . . standing. We've had brush fires, house fires, medical emergencies for the young and old. And in my house, a trip to the vet for a kitty with a heart murmur that was breathing a bit too hard. He's okay, and I learned how to treat heat exhaustion in cats as a result.

Fortunately, and to the relief of the economy and the residents of the area, a large number of the bigger chains stores have air conditioning, as well as grocery stores, libraries, and movie theaters. In order to escape the heat, I have seen three movies this week! Might as well be entertained as you try to cool down. I'll share my summer blockbuster movie reviews with you all next Saturday. So stay tuned for that.

My question for those of you who live in the warmer climates . . . how do you do it? Please share your tricks and tips. What do you do to survive the summer when the temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s?


Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner August 2, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

Oh, Geri, I feel for you! I live in a place where 106 is typical (even cool) for a summer day. However (a big However), we all have air conditioning, we all use it! And as everyone loves to say, here, tongue in cheek, "It's a dry heat!" But it really is. The dryness makes the heat bearable (in the shade for short periods *g*).

A friend of mine from here was just in Seattle and she was dying because her hotel had no AC. So I'm feeling for you (sweating for you?) and everyone in Seattle.

It's August now, Sept. on the way. You'll be back to cool soon!

EmilyBryan August 2, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

Gerri, I'm having trouble imagining your heat wave. The weather in Seattle was so gorgeously temperate when we lived there.

When my DH and I didn't have AC, we'd go to someplace that did. Mall crawling was a favorite activity until the sun went down and things cooled off. Ditto going to the movies.

But something that works even better than that is your own imagination. Sit down, close your eyes and remember a time when you were the coldest you've ever been. Feel the wind blasting through down jacket. Are your toes numb? Nostril hairs freezing with each breath? If you imagine hard enough, you'll even raise some goosebumps.

Or you can just go rent the old movie Dr. Zhivago. If Siberia doesn't cool you down, nothing will. Ice cubes melting on the head helps too.

Gerri Russell August 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

Jennifer and Emily,

I appreciate your sympathy and your advice.

It's 86 today, and I'm so happy!

EmilyBryan August 3, 2009 at 6:09 AM  

As if it weren't hot enough already, I'm packing some extra heat on my blog today!

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Hope to see you at my blog today!


P.S. A CHRISTMAS BALL is coming soon! Did you get your invitation?

Cindy Holby August 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

I live in the south where it's hot 8 months out of the year. Yes we have AC and nice cool basements. We also plant lots of trees to keep our houses shaded.

Bonnie Vanak August 9, 2009 at 5:28 AM  

Hi Gerri! I see the heat wave finally cleared up by you. That's good news!

I live in Florida and mostly everything is a/c down here. Yesterday was a scorcher. The heat doesn't bother me as much as the threat of hurricanes, though

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

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