What does summer mean to you? There are obvious changes – like we can turn the thermostat from heat to cool, all of our comfy comforters come off the recliners and go back into the cedar chest, the sun shines so much later than it did before, and hopefully here in Kansas we are finished with rain every day!
It’s beautiful weather for traveling, so everyone is saving their pennies for vacation. I enjoy cruising around town in my little cobalt because it has a sunroof – and when that’s open and the windows are down, it’s an amazing feeling to just let the warm wind blow as I drive!
Some people live at the swimming pool or the lake, or maybe the beach. I’ve still not been to a beach – but it’s definitely on the bucket list – I haven’t scratched it off – and won’t.
Yesterday we went to a fun craft show held in Wilson Park in Ark City, KS. We didn’t buy anything, but it was such a pretty day, and after the rain it wasn’t too hot, although it was a bit humid. There are some interesting craft ideas these days. I really stopped buying craft stuff in the 1980’s when country crafts were popular.
Will you ride your Harley this summer? If you do, wear a helmet – stay safe.
Whatever you have planned for the summer months, above all else, stay cool and hydrated. It’s important to not get overheated or dehydrated. There are two common types of heat-related illnesses – heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion happens after sun exposure or not being properly hydrated while outdoors. Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If not treated, it could result in heat stroke which is more serious because body temperatures can reach above 104 degrees resulting in red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.
Please take care of yourself – and be aware of others. If you see someone experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately and attempt to cool the person off in a shady place while waiting for help to arrive. Without medical attention, permanent disability or possibly death can occur.
Have a fun (and safe) summer! 🙂