It’s hot outside. Actually, it’s not too hot right now. But it will be hot. And this year, I’m trying to embrace that.
I’m getting more annoyed at the heat than I usually do, possibly because it seems a little more humid than some times. But I’m trying to figure out ways that make me happy with it being hot.
There’s the practical side, such as the fact that, I think, grapes – and therefore wine – taste better when it’s a hot year. So this year should have some really good wine!
Also, there’s more reason for you to take Annie’s example – on the left – and get wet and have fun.
I’m also trying to figure out other methods of having fun being hot, as well as figure out ways to keep cool.
First of all, the worst way to cool down when you’re out in the sun is to fume and moan about how hot it is. It’s easy for me to do that, even if it’s just in my head. But it just makes it worse. So I’m trying to embrace it- lizard style- with cicadas chirping mildly in the background and an occasional butterfly fluttering by.
I’m also trying to figure out what this one style of music is, which we have only a few songs of, that reminds me of a certain kind of temperament that allows the sun to pass over you in golden downpour while you enjoy the doze of a Summer afternoon. As Abigail put it recently: “People have been sweating for years.”
So, one way I have to keep cool, which practically contradicts everything I just said with the fact that it’s so cool, is Icicle Tea, pictured on the right.
I was inspired to try this when I had some snow cones. It’s like iced tea, but hardcore.
Basically, I can’t give any specific instructions for this ‘recipe’, because it depends entirely on what you want. Personally, I suggest you make some tea, preferably with tea bags and extremely strong. I like mint or green/mint best for this, with some fresh mint leaves on the side.
Crush ice in a blender, with some of the tea – I like enough ice to have a small iceberg, as pictured.
Note: this is surprisingly messy, and you will need a lot of ice if you’re doing this for several people. Also, you will have to make the tea a little in advance so it has time to cool and get stronger.
Icicle Tea is surprisingly, wonderfully refreshing and extremely simple. Serve it in a pretty, clear glass, with a spoon, for people to enjoy the ice, which is gently flavored with tea. I also recommend that you sit and enjoy the beverage, under a patio or back porch if you prefer, for a few minutes, to properly enjoy the flavor.
I hope everyone’s having a good Summer so far! If you’re anywhere near where we are – at least in temperature – then it’s far from over. Summer’s still one of my favorite seasons, although we’re in the dull part, so I’m not too sorry. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the heat, or beat it, and I’d love to hear what everyone has to say!
Hope you continue to have a good weekend!
P.S. I just remembered! Another way I’m enjoying the Summer is by having sort of desert animals as my computer background. Backgrounds are very important for me, and kind of signify what I want to do, how I feel about the month, or just simply to add a bit of fun in there. For instance, August is a very dull month, so I’ll probably have some funny backgrounds.
This second half of July, I decided to go with giraffes, because they’re so cute and fun and embody the meaning of having fun in the sun. Well, one of the embodiments…