Yowza!  It's HOT.  We're lucky to have air conditioning.  Some of us are lucky to have friends with pools and boats to enjoy the river.

There is a excessive heat warning in effect for much of the area until 8pm Friday.

The battle is to keep comfortable by staying hydrated, wearing comfortable clothing, and using a fan or air conditioner if you can.  Also, run heat generating appliances like washers, dryers, ovens and dishwashers in the evening hours.

There are several ways to keep cool during the heat wave, including staying hydrated, by drinking plenty of water.  In fact, it's recommended that you drink at least half your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water.  There are also hydrating foods to add to your diet in extreme heat.  Watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, spinach, mushrooms, cantaloupe, tomatoes & celery are all good sources.

If you're NOT into any of those hydrating foods, and are craving another sweet alternative.  You can wait for the ice-cream truck to come around.  There are always delicious ice cream treats on the truck.  Or, you can always make a stop at the Dairy Queen drive-thru, or another fast food restaurant with soft-serve cones.

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There is yet another way to beat the heat.  It's economical, and if you have kids, they'll love it.  I remember making these home-made popsicles when I was younger.  Kool-Aid is involved, and so is Jello.  There was nothing better than enjoying one of these sweet treats on a hot day.  Enjoy.

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