The temperature reached over 30 Celsius at Dove Lane today. Most of us like warm, sunny weather but extreme heat can leave us feeling languid and out of sorts especially if we have to work or carry out necessary duties or appointments. Have you noticed people displaying erratic behaviour when out and about? Drivers have been cutting corners, pulling out in front of others and parking at odd angles. And that’s just me.
Today, I am lucky enough not to be working. I feel great sympathy for people struggling to work on hot trains, buses and worst of all, having to take the tube. (Don’t forget to carry a bottle of water with you at all times.)
The heat has definitely affected my brain and this week my blog is purposefully flippant and, well, a bit random. I have abandoned all sensibilities and compiled a list of THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE DOING ANYTHING BECAUSE IT’S TOO HOT!
Here we go…..
1. Leave the blinds down and stagger to the bathroom to take a cool bath. If hair is long tie up without delay to avoid feeling like you have a rug on head. Wear loose clothing and don’t worry about looking slack. You are staying IN.
2. Eat light breakfast and don’t make the mistake I did and make porridge (unless you wish to induce sweating).
3. Move to sofa with large glass of water and a good book.
Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors and this book makes a great summer read. Humorous and touching in equal measures.
4. Make an iced coffee and watch ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ or similar.
5. If feeling the need to stretch the legs wander around garden and possibly fill the watering can to water plants.
6. Return to sofa, drink more water and put feet up. Again.
7. If hungry consider making a salad which will be refreshing and nourishing.
Tomato salad with herb dressing.
Chop some ripe tomatoes and season with sea salt. Leave to rest for a few minutes then whip up a simple dressing with two parts extra virgin olive oil to one part white wine vinegar, small teaspoon french mustard and a pinch of sugar and spoon over. Add some herbs from your window sill if you have them. If feeling up to it/ hungry, make an omelette to go with it.
8. If feeling guilty about lack of activity, think about checking emails and catch up on any messages/texts.
9. Make a pot of tea and raid the kid’s biscuit tin.
10. Watch ‘The Chase’ and test any brain power.
11. If any of the family arrive home, make no apology for having had lazy day but offer sympathy, cold drinks and cold compresses for delirious foreheads.
12. Make light supper.
Pan fried salmon on a bed of mashed potato with spring onions and broccoli spears
Lightly sauté some salmon fillets in a little coconut oil. Place on a bed of creamy mash and add some lightly cooked broccoli. Garnish with some chopped spring onion if liked.
You may like to have a glass of crisp white wine with the above……
13. Tidy up after supper and relax/chat/ watch more television…..possibly finale of ‘Our Girl’.
14. Think about retiring early…lay down in darkened room and maybe pray for rain……
The above post is obviously a bit tongue in cheek – for my anxiety prone followers, I appreciate any change in conditions can be taxing so take it easy and be gentle on yourself. Talk to a friend if you find yourself feeling low and always remember: this too will pass.