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We are in the midst of our 3rd heat wave of the summer here in Massachusetts. And you all know I love summer – I’d much rather be hot than cold. Still, when it’s hot like this (it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity) we all start looking for ways to stay cool. That’s why today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Ways to Beat the Heat.

  1. Stay indoors. Most of us have AC these days and it’s pretty comfortable in my house, even when the temps do soar into the 90s.
  2. Go to the beach. The sand is hot and the sun can be brutal but our Atlantic Ocean is nice and cool.
  3. Drink lots and lots of water. Dale had a bit of an episode with the heat when we were in NH and I gave him a stern lecture about staying hydrated. It’s so important.
  4. Knit lace. It’s light and airy and not hot and heavy in your lap like a sweater.
  5. Knit socks. Again, not heavy in your lap.
  6. Eat light. Cold salads are perfect, especially since our local produce is at it’s peak.
  7. Make popsicles. I’ve been perusing recipes for adult popsicles. You know, the ones with booooze.
  8. Dress appropriately. Thin fabrics, strapless tops, lightweight skirts are all good options right now.
  9. Read a book set in a very cold place. Dr. Zhivago is a great one for summer, as is Ethan Frome.
  10. Sit in the shade and drink a cold beer. Occasionally put the bottle against the back of your neck. Sigh.

I hope you are all staying cool and hydrated! If you wrote a post be sure and add your link below. If you want to receive Ten on Tuesday topics via email just click here to sign up.


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  1. adult popsicles?! why have I never thought of this? (adding popsicle mold thingys to my shopping list)

  2. As I sit here in my almost be-nothingness….under the fan…in the airconditioning….with a glass of iced tea….(knitting — lace–beside me)…I’m pretty convinced the only way to beat the heat is to head north (but it looks like I’m going to have to go further north than Massachusetts!!) Actually, the funny thing is…we’re heading on a mission trip to Kenya next week (on the equator) and it’s cooler there than here. I’ll take it!

  3. #3 is my favorite way to beat the heat. Also ice tea in copious amounts. The ceiling fan on HIGH and sitting quietly (to read or knit). Great list, Carole.

  4. Good list! One of my favorite things to do when I was young was to visit our big city library and read for hours. It was made mostly of marble and the children’s section was in the basement…so cool down there. I always think of you when I think of that memory…the librarian there was so nice.

  5. Boozy popsicles sound heavenly today … but only if I could enjoy them sitting on our beach up at the lake house, or enjoying a kayak ride around the cove! Another great thing is to ride around with the sunroof open and the air conditioner blasting … best of both worlds πŸ™‚

  6. You are such an overachiever–I woke up at 4:30 a.m. MDT and you had already posted. I would add going to a movie to the list. Noticed you’re stil boozing it up lol.

  7. You have just reminded me of the Margarita popsicles I found the recipe for too late last year. Time to dig that out and see if they’re any good!

  8. Mmmmm, margarita popsicles…

    Oh, um, distracted there for a minute! We’re having a heat wave here, too. Great topic & list, Carole!

  9. I’d like to find myself in the setting of your photo. The beach is the best way to beat the heat. Alas, I live in a land-locked state. Stay cool, Carole!

  10. Great list. You and Kim have very similar umbrellas, though slightly different colors. πŸ™‚

  11. I heard on the news this morning that it’s supposed to be 82 on Sunday. I can’t wait!!

  12. your #9 reminded me of the time my dad read Ice Station Zebra at the beach. It was a typical July heat wave and he was wrapped in a towel in his chair trying to stay warm!

  13. MMMmmm popsicles. With booze is hard because getting it to freeze is tough, but lemon buttermilk popsicles are the best.
    Cooling off with a good cocktail is the best. Pina coltinis is the family favorite right now–4 parts spiced rum, 2 parts coconut water, 2 parts pineapple juice, one part lime juice, one part orgeat syrup. Shaken until the shaker is to cold to hold, served in a martini glass. To die for!

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