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How to stay cool on a very hot day

I’m writing this for all you who are at the moment experiencing summer, this time of year. Not fair because I’m here in the cooold! Oh well, it makes me feel nice just to think about it again, especially when I look out my window and see nothing but frost and fog.   This summer was probably one of the hottest I’ve known, or at least that I can remember. I was born in Mexico so I’m sure we had lots of heat when I lived there. But I can’t rightly recall the exact feelings of heat dripping down my neck and forehead and being ready to try anything to get a cool down.

So as the title says, here are the few things I tried this summer, to keep myself cool: Pay attention, you gals on the Southern Hemisphere, you may need this! Well, firstly, I tried my cat’s spray bottle, adding a little ice to the water. It worked quite nicely except while I was drawing as it would also drip onto my papers. I had to turn my color pencil rainbow masterpiece into a sunset painting instead. Oh well, I ended up gluing a unicorn head over the colorful background so that wasn’t too bad, seeing that the unicorn is my favorite animal at the moment. It changes regularly, you know. Yes, this is more of a fairy tale animal, but next week, I promise I will change to a real one.

Back to my keeping cool tips, yes!  Later I laid in the grass on a wet towel. That was nice up until the flies landed on me and made me itch all over. So then I decided to take a shower. But then I noticed the bathtub calling out to me. Why take a shower when you can take a bath? And so I did! A nice, cold ice bath, with some extra ice cubes thrown in. Shhh, don’t tell Mom that that’s what I used them up for. She thought it was for my ice tea. That felt amazing and I felt quite cool for the rest of the day. To keep up with my cool feeling, I made myself a banana milk shake. When Mom has extra bananas that are about to turn brown, she freezes them. I think she saves them for making ice-cream for family night but I don’t think she minds that I borrow some once in a while to keep me cool. She says that as long as I clean up after myself, I can cook whatever I like. Imagine that!

I took a big sip of my shake but then choked up all over. It must have gone down the wrong pipe. It splashed all over my face. But it actually felt kind of nice… because it was cold. That’s when I got the bright idea to make myself a frozen fruit facial. Ahhh, and it even smelled good! Now that’s what I call, having a really cool day! My tip for today is: Be happy! Stay positive and look for the good and the humor in whatever comes your way! The heat, the cold, the rain! There’s some good (or funny) in it all.  I can just remember the horrified look on Mom’s face when she walked into the kitchen… with ice-cold milkshake all over my face! Yikes! We sure had a good laugh!

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Our mountain hike

Wanna hear a funny story? This was back during summer vacations, out with Mom and Grandma, this time hiking in the forest. Brother, Cousin and I were really not into it at first, but it ended up being kind of fun and a little bit exciting too. Grandma had borrowed this book from the library, that included some walks and hikes along the mountains and lakes in the area and she thought it would be a great day to do one of them (the walks, that is), something to keep us busy on this fine vacation day. We kind of had to go out of the house because Grandpa and Uncle were working on some house renovations and they didn’t want us kids in the way.

At least there was sun and warmth so we didn’t mind being out too much. We drove to the starting point but it wasn’t very clear when it even started. The book said one thing and the signs said another. So at times it seemed like we were going in the right direction. Other times we were like walking with blindfolds on.

We finally paused for a little snack. Being out in nature makes you build up quite an appetite, you know.“What amazing trees!” We marveled as we counted all the different types of trees we could find. We were able to look up close and personal to many other amazing trees, plants and moss. Even odd types of leaves and seeds. “Look over here!” I called, as I admired some sap dripping down a pine tree. It’s coming down with quite a steady flow, I thought. After some more “Wow!’s” and “Amazing!’s” we had a closer look. I was just about to touch it and smell the wonderful fragrance of sap when… “Oh, actually, I just went pee there.” said Brother.

What? Oh boy! Was I glad that I hadn’t been there one second earlier to touch and smell pee. I was almost sick to my stomach realizing how close I was to it. But we did have a good laugh the whole rest of the trip home, which made the whole hike that much shorter… and way FUNNER! I guess I’d better take the time to stop, look and listen before acting on something. Or I might be mightily sorry.