Keeping cool in the summer

5 ways to stay cool in summer’s heat

Summer heated up sooner than I expected, with 90-plus degree days. We live in a charming old house, built in the 1920s. It doesn’t have air conditioning (or central heat, but we manage with a fireplace, baseboard heaters and micathermic panels). We have invested in a couple of window units, which takes the edge off,…

Into the woods

It was the only night I could find a cabin in a state park anywhere near us. Not that I’d have been able to predict the weather several weeks in advance in any case. As we drove the hour and a half or so to Silver Falls State Park, the clouds couldn’t make up their…

Gearing up

There’s just one full week of school left, plus 1.5 days. Then it’s over until after Labor Day. It’s always an adjustment on both ends of summer — getting into the new, more laid-back routine of vacation and then going back to school in the fall. We have a long list of possible summer activities…

Camp Mummy 2014

This summer is the first that I’ll be home with the kids, at least until the youngest go to see their Dad for a few weeks. If we don’t have plans and goals, I fear we’ll all lounge about in our pajamas all day, our brains and bodies slowly atrophying, too lazy to even feed…