Off topic but relevant: how are you coping with the heat wave?

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I imagine that many of the posters here are in areas in which the heat isn't unusual. For many of us, it's a real challenge, if not just plain miserable! How are you changing your care plans and activities, for both you and your loved ones? E.g., are you considering a generator purchase and installation? Adding heavy drapes or curtains to windows? Upgrading to central air? Planning to upgrade insulation? Staying inside and "hunkering down"? Rescheduling your appointments? And what about backup power for the pop-up and severe storms that often accompany heat waves? If oxygen is being used, what are your backup plans for that? And food...cooking outdoors, cooking less, eating more salads, going out to eat? How does the heat wave affect your caregiving activities?

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I live in NYC, which you can intuit from my screen name. We have "Early AM lap swim" at City pools, which I've been doing pretty consistently. Walking for exercise after the sun gets low and staying inside.
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GA,
A fan of Downton Abbey here. I am guessing those huge homes/castles were freezing in the winter, and cooler in the summers.
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Washing the car and hanging out some laundry to dry are also good ways to invite the rain gods to glance your way. 😉
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FF, perhaps the trick is to get out the hose and leave it out. Perhaps that will trick Mother Nature into providing some rain for your area.

I wish my grass had stayed like straw; now that it's green again I'll have to mow it when it's tall enough. Every time it turns to pale gold or beige, I'm elated b/c I don't have to mow for awhile.

Any Downton Abbey fans here? I was thinking as I watched a rerun episode last night how horribly uncomfortable those massive estate homes must have been in the 20's, especially given the rigid dress code, including corsets and formal attire for dinner.

I love the social aspect though, the way changes in women's rights and the feudal issues are addressed and integrated into life at the time.
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We also need rain. My lawn is turning into straw :P Yesterday we had thunder but not one drop of rain. Watch, if I decide to water the lawn, a storm will show up later in the day.
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Ha, that just means more humidity! The weather network is predicting a pattern change and cool down into August GA, hopefully even some rain.
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A brief but heavy T-storm arrived last night, bringing some temporary relief. The grass turned green overnight. Flooding apparently occurred in the area, but none here, although I suspect there was some on the north end of the street.

The cumulative heat buildup is really taking its toll.
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Hubs and I got 2 movies from the library when we stopped by to get mom more large print books ( she had eye surgery last week) and today we hunkered down in the almost cool main level to watch them Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Lost City of Z.. I went down to the lower level several times to give her eye drops, and watch some TV with her also.. but I really wanted to go to the upper level where the AC is !
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In the southern part of the Midwest here, so it is hotter than blazes and feels like a sauna outside (100+ degree heat index lately). Mainly staying in the A/C as much as possible and staying hydrated. Our last electric bill was a sticker shock.

I will say, that when it gets down to 20 degrees here, I will really be missing this weather, as I don't tolerate the cold well at all. I always end up getting sick with colds and flu in the winter.
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It's so hot here, I shirked my errand-running duties and paid full price ($7.10!!!) to go to the pool yesterday. (Ok, it's an Olympic pool. But $7.10!!!!)

Getting full-body wet is still the best way to cope, for me.

What I HATE - what we all hate - about summer heat and our tinderbox dryness is the WILDFIRES. We have one burning near town right now, started Thursday (I watched it grow MASSIVE within a couple of hours). It's REALLY close to best guy friend's house. Yikes. But he's not been evacuated. Yet.

Apparently this one was started by a welder cutting metal outdoors.

Part of me hopes for rain, part of me doesn't because it inevitably brings lightning with it this time of year....
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