Keeping Your Cool

Author: Alecia Pirulis  

Ice Cream

At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s hot. Temperatures are soaring here in Atlanta, where we’ve had temperatures in the upper 90s for weeks now with no end in sight. And a major portion of the country is experiencing extreme temperatures and heat advisories, including a few locations that don’t typically see heat indexes in the triple digits. Temperatures are climbing into the 90s even in places like Fargo, North Dakota, where they will have a high of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105. Des Moines, Iowa has temperatures hovering around 98. And tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin it will be 97 degrees. So, other than dream about being in Whitefish, Montana where it is not only stunningly beautiful, but it is also a glorious 52 degrees right now (with a high this afternoon of 84–and tomorrow? A high of only 75!), I am going to do something a little more practical: find ways to keep cool.

July is National Ice Cream Month. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), I recently purchased a waffle cone maker for my husband. I’ve been thinking about adding an ice cream maker to the mix. After all, what could possibly taste better on a hot day than homemade ice cream? We could even have an ice cream party—set out bowls of toppings, such as sprinkles, nuts, grated chocolate, whipped cream, candies, and cookie crumbles–and let everyone decorate their own waffle cone.

When it’s this hot, standing over the stove holds little appeal, so no-cook dinners and grilling out are great alternatives. (And the best part—a healthy, cold soup now means enjoying my ice cream guilt-free later!)

Indoor locations are also great ways to beat the heat – go see a movie, go to a museum you’ve been wanting to visit, or head to the local indoor mall. (Celebrate Christmas in July by getting some of your shopping done now. You’ll appreciate it when the holiday season rolls around and you have that much less to do! Plus, you can find some real bargains right now.)

Of course, the pool is still the most popular solution to summer heat, whether it is your apartment complex pool or a community pool. Be sure to follow these safety rules, and enjoy the rest of the summer—it will be autumn and back-to-school time all too soon.