I've done lots of shining recently. I'm sick of shining from droplets rolling down my face and back as I work with the goats and garden!
I find the heat and dryness of summer unbearable and have whinged about it before. Our house becomes ridiculously hot on bad days. We have an air conditioner (which doesn't run well) but I'm very reluctant to use a method of cooling that relies so heavily on fossil fuels. If more and more hot days are to become the norm then we need to find other ways to adapt to our changing climate.
Last year I toughed it out and tried my best to stay cool at home by all sorts of different methods. This year the local swimming pool is our new method of adaptation. It's working fairly well. Basically I've decided to stop resenting and fighting the heat. I whizz through my basic jobs of caring for the animals and garden, hang out some washing and am ready to leave the house when the pool opens. Sometimes we meet with friends, sometimes we go on our own. The kids are loving it and I have so much fun with them while I'm there. I'm trying to accept that any jobs around the house and yard will have to wait until the cooler days.
We plan to work on our home to make it more summer friendly but it will be a long, slow process as time and money allow. Some very kind friends recently gave us some suggestions which we will use. Added to the solutions I had in my head already, hopefully in a few years our home will be much more comfortable. Blinds, shade trees to the west and south west, some ceiling fans and a well placed window are all things we will be working on.