My Southern Afternoon Tradition

There’s nothing I love more than a sweet tea out on the porch on a warm day. It is my southern afternoon tradition, one I have been enjoying for years and years. I have others as a good belle of the south (like making cheese grits), but today I am penning an ode to the North Carolina climate. We have many balmy days before summer comes and the really big heat arrives. I take advantage of this transitional period to sit outside for long stretches of time. I don’t even have to do anything, but reading a book, listening to music with earphones or watching the portable outdoor TV are all frequent options. To each his own. A short nap isn’t out of the question or a quiet petting session with my adoring cat.

My friends like to drop over and I welcome them with open arms as they are escorted to the patio and handed an iced sweet tea. The ice chest is next to the minifridge. We can get in a dreamy drowsy mood and the conversation stay light. We can compare sweet tea recipes and argue over which flavor is best. My friend loves to add honey while I prefer a few drops of lemon juice. The warm days are meant for idling and I make the most of it. You can have a little vacation right in your own backyard. If you have a pool, so much the better.

Sometimes, though, North Carolina can get too warm, like anywhere else in the summer. The south is known to be humid as well. You have no idea if you haven’t lived here! I won’t forego my tradition, however, and resort to other solutions. Go and read some outdoor ceiling fan reviews. Once you do, you’ll understand that they are a necessity for anyone who stays home from June to August. I hear in California it is hot until late November. I am sure you will find a remote control on every patio. My fan is fairly basic but is stained a nice oak tone to match the window trim in the area. It has a central lighting fixture which gives off just the right illumination to add ambiance at night. I love that you can opt for three circulation speeds: low, medium and high. You don’t have to spend a bundle to get an efficient and effective–not to mention attractive—ceiling fan.

Indoors, a ceiling fan saves on your air conditioning bill, while outside it makes you feel like you are in Hawaii or Thailand. Put out a few potted palms and you will have the entire effect. A bit of thatching in open areas creates the feeling of a private beach hut. The swirling air creates a gentle breeze that is as effective as Mother Nature in cooling off sweating faces. Getting a ceiling fan is just the beginning of a new summer lifestyle.