Friday, March 12, 2010

How do you cope with extremes of hot and cold, I find it much easier to cope with the cold as you can rug up. But the heat aaargh, this is how I cope. I water my gardens first thing in the morning and take the dog for a walk usually before 7am as its not too unbearable at that time. Pump up the air conditioner if I am staying at home and then hibernate inside until evening. If I have to go out which I do most days I turn my air conditioner in my car on, that is wind down all the windows and if I hook my hand on the top of the window ledge I can channel the air onto myself like a mini air tunnel, very economical too, stopping at the lights is a bit hard to take as the car doesn't like the heat either and tends to overheat, so you try to judge the distance to the lights and then jag that you arrive just as they turn green, takes a lot of planning when your heads in a fog of heat exhaustion. Like the other morning after my tepid shower I sprayed deodorant under my arms, thought ooh that's nice and cool then noticed it was hairspray so was a quick wash under the arms before they stiffened. Now when I am at the shop I have to get whatever work I want to do, done in the morning while the air conditioner is coping, because by lunch time the sun is overhead and its hardly effective at all. My arms keeping sticking to the papers so I give up in frustration, especially if you are tracing something, you move your arm and everything moves. Drink lots of cold water until you feel like your organs are floating around in your body, funny thing is you drink all this water but it does not pass right through, you wanted to know that didn't you haha. Sleeping on top of the sheets with cotton nightwear so the air from the air conditioner can pump down onto your hot body, that's hot from the heat now, nothing else. Last thing you can think of... Sometimes summer here in Western Australia when you get weeks and weeks of temperatures over 30 is just a case of getting through it until glorious autumn arrives sometime in March which can last until June, sheer bliss.
How do you cope?????


lisa bebi said...

you're so funny. well our hot season is coming soon enough - and it does get "uninhabitable" hot i generally sleep with 4 fans going - our a/c isn't working. who could afford it if it did? gas and electric here is - one month it was our $700 for our single dwelling house. crazy.
its hard to create in it - papers fly around because of the fans - don't even think about embossing powders!
at least we have a swimming pool.

Samantha Marshall said...

Haha, Jacky! It's extremely hot up here in the Kimberleys and very humid-aircon all the way!!!!