The seven Surrey Hills Home and Garden Club members who opened their back yards to visitors were, from left, Patty Cravens, Mary Garrett, Jeanie Mills, Sharleen Dalgliesh, Betty Bishop, Nancy Atha and Phyllis Goforth. (Submitted Photo)

Staying cool tough job, but here’s tips to help

By Madeline Bussett, Staff Writer

Summer is here and that means heat. Keeping cool can be a difficult task under the Oklahoma sun so here are a few ideas to try and beat the heat. - Drink a lot of water. Dehydration will make the heat worse, so be sure to stay extra hydrated. - Freeze bedding. Seal sheets and pillow cases in plastic bags and leave them in the freezer for a couple hours. When it comes time to go to bed the sheets will be cool and the bed much more comfortable. - Make a simple air conditioner. Sometimes the home’s AC isn’t enough and there’s certainly no air conditioning outside. Place a styrofoam bucket liner inside of a bucket and use a hole saw to cut three holes through both the bucket and the liner. Take three pieces of PVC pipe fittings the same diameter of the holes and put them into the holes. Next, take the bucket’s lid and cut a hole big enough to fit the top of a small fan into. Place a frozen gallon jug of water into the bucket and put on the lid. Now plug in the fan and feel a nice cool breeze. - If No. 3 seems too complicated, just take the frozen jug and place it in front of the fan for a similar effect. - Freeze bite sized fruits. Fruit is always a great summer treat. Pop bite sized bits of softer fruits such as mangos, kiwis, and strawberries into the freezer for an icy cold treat. Whole berries and grapes also work well. (Frozen grapes are also a great way of keeping a glass of wine cold without watering it down) group.
Blood drives set in county Healthy adults, ages 16 and older, can give blood June 27 at three locations in Canadian County as part of the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Keep It Local campaign. In Yukon, donors can participate in a blood drive 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lowe’s, 1605 Garth Brooks Boulevard. A second blood drive at the Lowe’s in Mustang, 1000 E. State Highway 152, will be held 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Another blood drive will be conducted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Expressive Arts Center, 221 S Bickford in El Reno. Donors who give blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute will not only help save the lives of local patients, but they’ll get a free pass for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a t-shirt featuring the zoo’s majestic bison. Donors are urged to give during Oklahoma Blood Institute’s “Keep It Local” campaign to help ensure that area hospitals are stocked with the blood patients need during critical summer months. “Families get busy with vacations and activities during the summer, but the need for blood is constant,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Giving just an hour of your time this summer will make a life-saving difference for someone in our community.” Oklahoma Blood Institute relies solely on approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors a day to meet the needs of patients at more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. Those with negative blood types are especially urged to give. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting or calling (877) 340-8777.
Your Hometown Newspaper for 42 Years Surrey Hills club conducts garden tour The Surrey Hills Home and Garden Club recently held a garden tour of seven backyards in Surrey Hills. Club members opened their yards for guests to visit and take advantage of an opportunity to get some landscaping and yard decorating ideas, receive some gardening tips as well as share some of their gardening knowledge. The Garden Club would like to thank all of its Surrey neighbors and friends who participated in this event and looks forward to the next opportunity to chat with neighbors.