Friends of ours have a cabin over near Chelan (mid-state) and we found out last night that lightning had struck near their cabin and they were told to evacuate! It seems that all is fine and since they have yards of gravel all around their house (on purpose … for this very reason), they are not too worried.
Thankfully, we aren't battling those kinds of blazes here at our house, but we are trying our doggonedest to stay comfortable. I think we are losing. I learned that it will actually be cooler in the house (about 45% cooler!), if you close the windows and turn the blinds against the sun when it starts getting warmer out there than inside. I did that early today (it was 85 when I got up this morning – unheard of in the NW!). I just checked weather.com and it says that it is 101°. Although the thermostat is registering 88 inside, it is tolerable with the fan blowing right on me. I'm no Math Whiz, but I'm pretty sure that isn't 45% cooler than 101!! I've also kept a glass of ice water at my side as well as a wet cloth to occasionally wipe my neck with. That works almost as well as a dip in a pool … Well, … not really at all.
Ken sent me this link this morning … great hints on beating the heat!
I've been reminding Ben to consistently hydrate since yesterday afternoon. He has had a few days off of baseball, but has a game this afternoon … ON TURF. It will likely be 105° or more on the field. They will have frozen towels for the boys to put on their necks in between innings and Ben has a cooler ready to go with water bottles. He will definitely be hot, but he shouldn't have any dehydration issues. He sent out a message earlier today saying, "Beach after the game tonight? Anyone?!" Whether he goes to the beach or not, he will be soaking wet when he gets home tonight … maybe we should hose him down before he comes in the house!
We're off now … wish us the best and send cool breezes our way!