Sunday, July 7, 2013

midsummer heat-struck

yea, it's hot out there.. but i suppose we have had hotter summers. i'm super prone to heat stroke.. when i was younger i was on some medication that made me sensitive to the sun to the point of hives, and one day of course i had to push it, had a horrible reaction and heat stroke to boot. it's been years since i've been on the medication but i still get a little itchy if i'm in the sun too long, and the heat stroke [my own silly fault] likes to creep up on me too. so it's imperative that i'm very careful in the summer months.

the past few years i had fallen into a great depression from the month of june through till mid september. i couldn't handle going out in the heat which made me frustrated, angry even.. no hikes or  camping trips for me. and i love to be outside! how upsetting. now that i'm getting older i have had to come to terms with this sensitivity and do all that i can to work around it so that i can still enjoy my life through the heat.

i think one of the things that really helped me to get through so far this year was getting over my fear of being below ground level and moving into a basement apartment. we have had to battle dampness with dehumidifiers, and a lot of cleaning and organizing to make it liveable, but it's ours, and it's nice [now]. i can't believe i was so unwilling to leave the old place at first, with a huge bedroom and giant windows, but being second story with no tree cover made for an unsleepably hot room.

 it's a lot easier here, though it does get warmish, it's easy to beat with a fan and a handful of freezies. we beat the heat by staying inside for the afternoon sun and enjoying movies, books, video games [..matt] and sorting through our many collectibles and crafting materials.. someday we will get though it all. the mornings are nice out back as we have the shade of the tree for most of the morning. i work days so unfortunately i only get to enjoy the mornings a couple days a week, but the evenings are nice as well. once it's an hour before sunset, we can go tend the garden, and prepare to have a fire.

hikes and camping will just have to wait for the fall. autumn is the best time to be out anyways, cooler nights, a lot less bugs if any, and beautiful colours to enjoy on the hike out. that and if you go earlier enough, lakes and oceans are still plenty warm enough to swim all september. speaking of which, we have a road trip coming up the first week of september to the east coast, and i'm horribly excited...

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