We are right in the thick of the hot days of summer. It will likely get even hotter in August. And possibly in September. Or October. Around here you just never know.
During these months when you walk outdoors and instantly feel like you’ve walked right into a hot oven, you might occupy yourself with a few simple and inexpensive endeavors (often free) to to do indoors.
Eat ice cream.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? I don’t eat a lot of dairy products, but I do love ice cream. Sometimes I get soy-based ice cream at Trader Joe’s.
Since I live alone, I often get several pints of various flavors and indulge in a spoonful or two right from the container.
Read a good book.
I love psychological thrillers and women’s fiction. For hours I can put myself in the character’s shoes and escape right into the plot.
Books are like taking a magic carpet ride. You can travel all over the world without leaving your comfortable chair.
Make iced coffee.
I just began making iced coffee this summer. But I look forward to it after a breakfast of cereal or fruit or yogurt.
I don’t go to a lot of trouble. I just buy a mix, add water and ice and caramel syrup, and blend.
Brew up a pitcher of iced tea.
I’m not sure which I like most, iced tea or coffee. Since I’ve been having sweet iced tea since childhood, I guess I’d have to choose iced tea for nostalgia’s sake.
Create a homemade card for someone you care about.
I used to do this a lot, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. It’s a great way to creatively occupy yourself for an afternoon and then surprise the person you choose to send it to. They will feel honored to receive a handmade treasure from you.
Snuggle up with your pet.
Our pets give us unconditional love. And they love to be petted or brushed. So indulge both of you. Studies show that petting an animal lowers your blood pressure.
I think I enjoy brushing Charlie almost as much as he enjoys being brushed.
Pot a house plant or create a terrarium.
Let’s face it. It’s often just too hot to garden. It’s all I can do to water my patio plants and give them a trim every few days.
Now is a good time to repot house plants that need to be in a bigger pot, a chore I often find myself putting off.
If you’re in the mood to do something more creative, gather some tiny items and small plants and create a terrarium or indoor fairy garden. Maybe as a gift for someone you care about.
Watch a movie.
I don’t watch a lot of TV. But occasionally I will indulge in a silly and implausible Lifetime movie.
Create a decorative vignette.
Poke around in your closet and pull out some favorite items. Put them on a table and see what you can come up with.
It always gives me a little lift to walk by something new, even though I brought every item out of my closet and didn’t spend a dime.
Sit near a window and watch the birds and squirrels.
One of my favorite things to do is simply watch the free entertainment outside on my patio.
I like to watch those silly squirrels cavort and do aggravating things like dig dirt out of my plant pots. Squirrels are always fun creatures to watch.
Birds are bright spots of color in the trees that often fly down to my patio to peck around.
Whatever you do during long days of intense heat, stay comfortable and safe.