Whew it’s hot outside! We’re in the middle of a major heat wave here in Toronto. Actually pretty much all of Ontario and Quebec and several other areas are feeling the heat as well.
I’ve been staying inside in my air conditioned home as much as possible today, but of course, I’ve had to go out with the dog a few times. I also went out for a quick shopping trip to pick up some coffee beans for my new French Press. It’s most definitely hot enough to make it worthwhile making cold brewed iced coffee. Yum.
With the humidity it feels like 102 F (39 C) right now, and it’s almost 8 pm! If it’s like last night it’s not going to cool off much more. Last night I went out with our dog at midnight and the air was thick. It was like walking in bath water.
What a difference compared to last summer! Remember how cool and rainy it was all last summer?
I love the heat, but it’s pretty expensive when it’s this hot and you need to keep the air conditioner on all the time. Naturally the cost of electricity just went up so we’re trying very hard to only make the house comfortable and not have the air conditioning set too low. We’ve also been walking around in a very dimly lit house between keeping the curtains closed during the day to block out the sunlight and heat and turning most of the lighting off to save electricity and also not add to the heat in the house.
In addition to trying to stay indoors where it’s cool, we’ve been doing our best to beat the heat by drinking some fantastic cold drinks.
On Monday I made up two different homemade ice teas – one batch of iced green tea (sweetened with honey) and another batch of sweetened Earl Grey Iced tea. Both taste great in a glass with lots of ice and a slice or two of lemon. Yum. I also made lemonade. Yes, we have a lot of cold drinks to help us beat the heat.
Oh and I decided that I wanted to save money and try making my own homemade iced coffee. See the next post for a recipe for homemade iced coffee.
Are you experiencing a heat wave in your area right now too? How are you beating the heat?