Quick now – can you guess which movie I am trying to reference with today’s title? You might have to say it out loud – it’s all in the proper inflection and the emphasis on “handle.” At the end of the blog post, I’ll put up a photo to give you a clue. Leave a comment with the movie title, if you think you’ve guessed correctly!
All anyone can talk about this week is the weather. Canadians do that a lot, year-round, but with the extreme heat temps we’re experiencing, 100% of people are starting their conversations with weather-talk. Most people are
complaining lamenting the lack of cool air. We’re all entitled to our opinion!
Personally, I am in seventh heaven. I’ve told you before how Aruba is my natural habitat. When it’s hot and sunny out, I blossom. My energy level is high, my spirits are bright, and I am happy. Not everyone feels this way – poor Mom has not had the best of weeks. Hot weather gives her low-grade nausea, and makes her feel rather lethargic.
While I love the heat during the day, I do admit I am very grateful to have air-conditioning for sleeping.
We first got air-conditioning when I was five years old. It was pretty exciting to have that option on hot days, back in the 70′s! I’ve appreciated the air-conditioned comfort option ever since, wherever I’ve lived, except for the one summer that Gina and I lived in an apartment together here in Waterloo. Our bedrooms were on the third floor of an old home, and I remember it could get swelteringly hot up there. We each had a fan, but I think that mostly just pushed the hot air around. It’s not easy to sleep when it’s so hot – good thing we were young and carefree, in those days, and a night with little/poor quality sleep was not a huge issue!
One way to cool off is with a summery beverage. The recipe, below, is for Mom’s famous iced tea. We’ve enjoyed this drink year-round – but especially in the summer – for many, many years. It’s funny: usually when people try it for the first time, they take one (maybe two) tentative sips, and then they’re completely and enthusiastically hooked. And they usually go home with the recipe in hand!
~Steep 8 teabags in 3 cups boiling water for at least 2 hours (you can leave it overnight, if you wish).
~[You can use decaf or regular tea. Mom says that Tetley's Orange Pekoe is a good one. Avoid types like herbal or Earl Grey etc.]
~Pour the strong tea into this mixture:
- 5 cups cold water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 6 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~Stir and refrigerate.
~Makes 6-8 servings.
[What makes this iced tea so unique and tasty is the inclusion of the almond extract, IMO].
I saw The Brother, yesterday (we went for coffee – hot coffees!), and he had a couple of commonsense suggestions for dealing with the heat. The Brother lived in Singapore for a few years, back in the 90s, and this hot, humid weather is the way things are over there, at all times. When you go out, do the “Singapore Saunter” in terms of the pace of your walking. Take on more of an ambling calmness with your steps in lieu of power marching. And accept the fact that you will sweat! Simple as that!
What’s the hottest you’ve ever been? I’m meaning temperature-wise, but if you want to share a time when you looked really good, that’s ok, too!
Best News of the Day: Jersey Shore: Season 4 begins on August 4th! I sure hope I can find it online, at a site that Canadians can access!
~Any virtual hugs you feel like offering would be warmly received today.~