Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Working Wednesday: Cool Wet Sheets

What's Working Wednesday is my weekly post to showcase something that is working for me or my family at the moment. It may not work for us forever and it may or may not work for you.

If you didn't already know: it's hot in Texas. Thankfully this has been a mild summer so far with only (I think) about 10 days over 100. We've been enjoying balmy mid-80s this week which has been such a nice break. God loves me so He's breaking me in to these Texas summers easy. (Not that He doesn't love those of you whose first summer here had over 100 days over 100 in a row. I'm just glad it hasn't been one of those summers this year... at least not yet).

Anyway... When it is hot it is hard to fall asleep. One thing we've done to try to beat the heat in order to sleep when it's been oppressively hot has been to wet our sheets and put them in the fridge or freezer in a plastic bag for a few hours. We don't have a great system on this yet. It's been trial and error. A few times we've gotten them too wet. A few times we haven't gotten them wet enough. One time we left them in the freezer too long and ended up with a frozen ball of sheet and it took a while to get it to melt enough to lay under it (we've decided the fridge is better because there is no risk of having another sheet ball but the freezer does cool the sheets in a hurry if you forgot to wet them earlier in the day). The water evaporating off the sheets helps to cool us off and that's been nice.

The girls are particularly fond of the wet sheet thing and ask that their sheets be "delivered" to them at bed time but the boy is not impressed. He thinks it's too cold and would prefer to just have his fan.

Cooled wet sheets are one thing we've done to help us beat the heat. What do you do to beat the heat?

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