A few days ago Summer officially started. And the temperatures now prove it. Oh my it has gotten hot the last few days here in South Carolina.
I usually take a bottle of water with me when I drive somewhere, but my last few trips to the stores, one wasn’t enough.
To go swimming in our backyard pool we have to go either very early or late afternoon. During the daytime it just gets too hot and the UV is very high as well.
Wow you run out of indoor ideas for kids pretty quick if you are stuck in the house and the heat just drags you down. Luckily we have fans that run pretty much all day to cool us a little. Our AC is usually set to 10 – 12 F cooler then what the temperature it is outside. That made for a 86 F in the house the last few days, and even then it was running quite often. We shed clothing pretty quick, close all the curtains and blinds in the house, live off cold drinks and fruits, to stay cool. I don’t know how people did it when there was no AC.
Well I guess trying to cool down during a hot Summer has been around quite a while:
Since prehistoric times, snow and ice were used for cooling. The business of harvesting ice during winter and storing for use in summer became popular towards the late 19th century. This practice was replaced by mechanical ice-making machines.
The basic concept behind air conditioning is said to have been applied in ancient Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and were moistened with trickling water. The evaporation of water cooled the air blowing through the window. This process also made the air more humid, which can be beneficial in a dry desert climate. In Ancient Rome, water from aqueducts was circulated through the walls of certain houses to cool them. Other techniques in medieval Persia involved the use of cisterns and wind towers to cool buildings during the hot season.
The 2nd-century Chinese inventor Ding Huan (fl 180) of the Han Dynasty invented a rotary fan for air conditioning, with seven wheels 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter and manually powered. In 747, Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712–762) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) had the Cool Hall (Liang Tian) built in the imperial palace, which the Tang Yulin describes as having water-powered fan wheels for air conditioning as well as rising jet streams of water from fountains. During the subsequent Song Dynasty (960–1279), written sources mentioned the air conditioning rotary fan as even more widely used.
Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.
I love the mornings though, when I get out to water all my plants with rainwater. I see and hear all the birds out, the bees humming and getting busy. Early as well, because they retreat as soon as it gets blistering hot. The other day I got mocked by a blue jay. We “talked” back and forth and he got pretty close being nosy of what I was doing. Then it sounded like he as laughing at me, a few times. Then the bird took off. I enjoy those interactions with nature, while everyone in the house is still sleeping and the neighborhood is just starting to awake.
We spent a few hours at the lake here and maybe we might get a trip in to the beach. But actually I love having a stay-cation. The kids not so much, because then there is not a lot of “action”. I understand that,being stuck in one place as a teen is not too much fun. There are quite a few possibilities for day trips around here which I am sure we will get checked off our list.
Don’t these wonderful items from this Etsy Treasury just want to grab your bathing suit and go find a beach?
There is a new online site for Handmade items, that I joined, so i thought it would be fun to see what I can find there for summer items. It is called ArtYah. (click on the picture and it will take you to the shop) This is where you can find me on ArtYah, my shop there
And I also checked out Zibbet, what kind of Summer treasures they have:
Now if that wasn’t enough Summer inspiration for you.
I wish you a wonderful Friday and a super relaxing weekend!