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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 7/21/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure many more than just myself are struggling with heat this summer. Today the forecast in PA is 100 degrees, tomorrow 101, with high humidity and even higher stress levels.

Does anyone else feel like a hermit yet? I am chilling with my sons in the AC, but wondering why they must be disrespectful and cranky during the hottest days of the summer? This then requires parental intervention, but being the only adult-type figure around, I had the brilliant idea to ground them from the pool! What was I thinking!?? The fiance tried to help, and ended up grounding them from the TV too for talking back to their mom. I appreciate the help honey, but what am I supposed to do with 2 cranky, hot kids in a tiny metal mobile home on a 100 degree afternoon?

We came up with these fun ideas to stay cool today...haven't tried many because going outside means I literally have sweat dripping off me if I am not in water!


Bathe the golden retriever and Boston terrier pug mix, outside, with biodegradable camp soap, hose, large tub, and bathing suits.
Water balloons anyone!???? tongue
How about my old favorite, cut up some heavy duty trash bags, pin down with sticks (or anything less likely to cause pain than stakes for a tent) and use the hose to create a water slide!
Create a pond in the yard and invite all local water-fowl to splash among us.
Simply stand under hose turned fully on and looped over a tree branch- This also works if you have not had a shower in a while.
Run through the neighborhood yard sprinklers. I am all for this one because it requires exercise turn
Walk to our local creek and wade, walk, or lay in the flowing water.

And lastly, bite the bullet, give into my better instincts and just take us all up to the pool for Pete's sake (sorry Pete, I don't mean you literally!)

So who else has fun ideas for me to keep my not so well behaved kids entertained and cool these next few days without losing my mind and/or getting a degree in referee and umpire school?

Mindy

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   Posted 7/21/2011 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
       Hello Mamma! wink
 
           Woozer! ...it is HOT confused ....been over a 100+ here everyday for the last 3 weeks or so!
 
      .....just wanted to mention Popsicles!....we made them out of Kool aid...growing up!
 
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   Posted 7/21/2011 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yummy - popsicles sound good tongue We usually are stocked full of them... but we are all out - the neighborhood kids know where to come to find the good stuff!
 
Anyway, Mindy - ahhhh, that's HOT.  And w/ the humidity??  That would be enough to kick me over the edge.  So I just admire you for surviving the day!! 
 
Water balloons.... slip-n-slide... all that is fun stuff.... 
 
But with it being that HOT - I'd say stay in (but that's just me!!) OR just give in and go to the pool!! (and I'm not a "give in" parent.... but this would be an exception!!) tongue
 
Hang in there!  --Tina

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   Posted 7/21/2011 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you SE for the popsicle idea again! I completely forgot that we had the old tupperware popscicle makers too.

Tina, we are also out because we are the neighborhood hang out. They aren't coming today because my boys aren't at the pool.

We headed to the creek, and while fun for the boys and dogs, my balance is just not good at all. It takes so much abdominal strength to keep myself upright in the water. Tomorrow will be pool. They are doing extra chores to be able to go tomorrow.

My sanity is more important than proving a point. They are working hard now inside, cleaning out the fridge, scrubbing the shower, and helping with my laundry for once.

Gotta love summer! Thank goodness we have a clothesline or the house would be really hot!

Thanks for the tips.

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   Posted 7/22/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Monty's Mom, it is an oven here. Not sure where you are exactly, but 2 hours north of Philly my thermometer on the fence (in the shade) is 108 already. The heat index was 115 degrees at 10 am this morning. I cant even gets the dogs out the door!

Come on Fall, where are you?

Stay cool,
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   Posted 7/22/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mindy gotta go with giving in to the pool, what were you thinking grounding them from the pool, the only person punished there is you, lol. 
 
I dont often go back on grounding but really, think about it, why dont you make them go the the pool and just tell them its punishment,  I know its crazy but the heats made me this way.
 
Seriously though dont punish yourself anymore head for that pool, one thing about the pool and me is while I am in the pool, I have no pain, none, the water keeps me from having any pressure on my back, if I could find a way to walk about in some sort of pool bubble, I would.
 
Take care and try to stay cool, we are not far from each other, you in PA. me in MD. which remind me I have relatives in PA. round Altoona,
 
Ok there I go again, I am getting off this thing before I start another subject.
 
Hope you are feeling well, take care
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   Posted 7/22/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindy, I read an article a bit ago about people using fans in their homes. I am a big fan believer, I have them in every room and even bought one that stands on a pedestal not long ago. It said to make a fan work better is to freeze a gallon of water and sit it in front of the fan as it blows and it will be blowing cooler air. Hey, its worth a try, lol.
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   Posted 7/22/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I must be LUCKY!

I live 20min north of Seattle... Been raining on and off and in the 60s.
I am sitting here with a light blanket... Lol

They say supposed to hit 78 by Sunday!
I can't wait!
We haven't hit summer yet...
Donna
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   Posted 7/23/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG snwbrdgrl321 I wish!!! I live in Florida and have no problem with the heat and being indoors. But I am in PA at our summer cottage in the heat is killing me! Normally it's all opened up and we live on the porch but I have had to close it all up and live in 2 rooms with a small window air conditioner. I am so sick of being cooped up! I was all excited that it looked like it was going to break but it's showing the 90's again for next week, UGH!!!!!

kat1611
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   Posted 7/24/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not having a problem with my teenagers it's with my puppy. My "kids" know I'll send them outside if they push me too far. The only one I'm having a problem with is "Bella" my puppy. She's too smart for her own fur(no britches). After she was done going potty and playing outside we came in. Normally that's when she lays down on the living room floor for a nap and I get on the computer. Not today. She kept whining and walking up and down the hallway to my daughter's(Paige) bedroom. Normally Paige plays with Bella first thing in the morning but today Paige went crabbing with my husband(Kenny). Bella kept walking back and forth from me to Paige's room, or so I thought, whining. I opened Paige's bedroom door to show Bella Paige wasn't there but Bella didn't care. Bella wanted in my bedroom because it was air-conditioned! We air-condition the bedroom for sleeping, not the rest of the house. So Bella is on her bed in the air-condition and I'm on the computer in the living room in the heat. I just hope that she remembers that I'm still the boss.

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   Posted 7/25/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
We've been trying not to turn on the stove (thank goodness for the crockpot), eating a lot of popsicles, and trying to stay out of the sun. I went to a festival on Saturday and sweat so much I ended up dehydrated and sick. So Sunday was spent laying low in the house, recovering, and eating leftovers so we didn't have to heat up the house!
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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/25/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
So crazy here in WA. Yesterday was sunny and 78. I get a sun burn (I'm pasty white, lol).... And today, pouring down rain and like 55. Im in sweats and sweatshirt to stay warm.
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   Posted 7/25/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Its 3:00 here in sunny hot Texas and according to my computer 105 out. Its just an oven out there. The AC does not stop running and that is with fans on in every room. Oh, if only we would get some rain here, we are in a drought.
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