Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

We're in the grip of a major heat wave here in Wisconsin - temperatures in the 90s and tons of humidity. Afternoons are real scorchers. My curtains stay drawn, the oven is off limits, and the grass isn't green anymore. So what to do?
I could go swimming in the community pool.

Or head for the Lake Michigan beach in Milwaukee. Or find a cool spot and just relax.

Maybe I'll hole up in the basement where it's cool and watch Dog Day Afternoon again. I loved that movie and Al is one hot hunk!

How about you? What do you do on a free dog day afternoon?

13 comments:

Liz said...

Led my dog to the basement, but she followed me upstairs immediately. Then, about 5 minutes later, she disappeared downstairs. She reappears occasionally and certainly when the frig door opens, but I don't expect to see her regularly until winter.

Linda said...

It's been over a 100 degrees everyday lately so in the afternoons I stay inside where it's air conditioned! But the mornings are usually in the high eighties so I feed the birds, fill the bird bath & water my poor basil, ivies and bamboo. I will be SO glad to see the first hints of Autumn! Our dogs go outside in the morning & spend the rest of the day in the house then go out again around dusk when it's in the high nineties. I'll have to get them a pool.

Sue said...

We stay indoors as much as we can with the blinds drawn to keep the sun out. I live in an apartment so I don't have a basement. The dogs get ice in their water and I sip on sweet tea (after my morning pot of coffee) and read as much as my eyes allow. I don't think we'll be having a fall here in Iowa. I think it will jump right to winter, but at least it will be cooler

Dru said...

I stay in air-conditioned places and when at home, I'm indoors.

ev said...

As little as freakin possible.

Maggie Sefton said...

I escape up into Poudre Canyon northwest of Fort Collins. Pull into a shady spot beside the Cache La Poudre River, take out my folding chair, and relax beside that fast flowing river. And wave at the river rafters going by. Relax, big time. :)

Karen B said...

I hibernated last winter because of the snow and cold and now I'm hibernating again because of the heat and humidity. Dewpoints in MN in the 80s? Come on, Mother Nature - give us a break - this IS MN afterall!

Barbara said...

Thankfully our summer hasn't been too bad but I really feel for people in the Midwest and Texas and other overheated spots. My summer is spent reading and reviewing and doing only what absolutely has to be done because I have bad lungs. Good thing I love to read.

Jody said...

With 108 degree weather (KS), I've been pretty much glad I work & live in an air-conditioned environment that hasn't broken down. My husband wanted to bake a casserole & I vetoed that idea!
I'm doing lots of summer TV watching, reading books, & mostly avoiding the outdoors. Yesterday I did go swimming at the local pool. The water was warm, but I had a good time.

Vickie said...

A lovely air conditioned movie theater fits the bill. It's been in the high 90s here in Denver/Boulder CO area and I love to either go to see a flick or hang out in the cooooool mancave in the basement and watch movies there.
Or go shopping in a lovely coooool bookshop....

Linda McDonald said...

The beach. Definitely the beach, or the bay. Someplace near the water where it is a lot cooler than where I live futher inland.

Aurian said...

Summer here in Holland is colder than usual (still need a jacket), and very very wet. But when the next heatwave hits us, I stay indoors a lot, and when I get too hot, I take a really cold bath, till I am shivering. Then, for a few hours, I don't feel the heat anymore. Especially handy when it is bedtime.

Sarita said...

I've actually planted myself in front of the fan for a few days. Frustrating, because I love to be outdoors but the heat wave we had was brutal. So, reading in front of the fan!